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HR Tech Tips – LinkedIn Updates of Your Employees

Alert for LinkedIn Profile Changes


This is the first post in a new series where I’ll be sharing my social media tool tip ideas with the HR professional in mind. 

LinkedIn is more important than your resume.
At least, that’s the opinion I’ve been reading more and more of lately.  I suppose it makes sense.  In fact, most people position their profiles to appear like a resume.  For a relationship builder, watching profile updates gives you one more reason to reach out to someone – when they’ve got a new title, or have a job change.  But how useful is this for an HR professional?

Get alerts when employees update their resumes.
Wouldn’t it be great, if a system alerted you whenever an employee was updating their resume?  IT could possibly monitor that for you, and there’s always the person who gets caught with their resume on the office printer.  But if more and more people are using LinkedIn as their digital resume, why not monitor that?

Disengaged Employees update their LinkedIn profiles.
I monitor my LinkedIn connection profile updates, and I can tell you the pattern is clear.  Whenever someone starts updating their headlines, experience, or possibly even joins LinkedIn for the first time, there is a good chance you’ll see them change jobs within 30-60 days.

How to monitor LinkedIn Profile updates:

Step 1) Make sure you’re connected with your current employees.

Step 2) In the upper right hand of the screen, hover over your name, and then click “Setttings” and then on Email Preferences.

Step 3) Choose “Set the frequency of emails” and then under Network Activity – Make sure it is set to Weekly Digest Email.

This insures you’ll get an email each week alerting you to profile changes.  I use this as a reminder to view profile updates from LinkedIn at least once a week.

How to view LinkedIn Profile updates at any time:

Simply go to your LinkedIn Home, scroll down to the All Updates section, Hover over “more” and choose Profiles.  This will show you a list of everyone who has recently updated their profile.

There you have it.  Advance warning of a possibly unhappy employee, hoping to get contacted by recruiters.  The question is: what would you do with this advance notice?

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