Jobs.co.za has released a LinkedIn Profile registration feature to facilitate instant CV registration for more than 2-million South African LinkedIn members.
The company recently conducted a study to better understand how its target audience is using the Internet and social networking platforms to find jobs.
Out of more than 500 respondents, 74% said that they mostly use the Internet to search and apply for jobs, while 57% use it for social networking (Facebook) and 35% for professional networking (LinkedIn). In addition, 47% of respondents are logging in several times per day – 45% from home and 55% from work – to perform these functions online.
LinkedIn is considered the world’s largest professional network of passive talent with more than 90-million members in over 200 countries. Recent statistics show that there are over 2-million South Africans registered on LinkedIn, many of them holding senior or executive corporate level positions. LinkedIn’s profile is essentially considered a digital CV which enables them to attract job offers, apply for positions or exchange business related information.
By implementing the LinkedIn API, Jobs.co.za uses the individual’s information available via their LinkedIn account to register on the Jobs.co.za website, thereby streamlining the user experience and expanding the Jobs.co.za footprint to a network of professional passive talent.
Once permission is granted by the individual a CV is created from their LinkedIn profile instantaneously. Job seekers are given the option to review and update their CV before completing the process, and will be able to update it on Jobs.co.za at any time in the future. On registration, the job seeker can choose to set his status to active (searchable) or passive (hidden) while having the ability to apply for any of the positions advertised on Jobs.co.za and gaining full access to Jobs.co.za’s job seeker tools.
Gillian Meier, CEO of Jobs.co.za, comments: “Our priority is to fulfil the promise that we have made to be a job seeker-centric portal. We believe that by facilitating integration of our job portal on social networks such as LinkedIn and Facebook, we are enabling job seekers to engage with our job portal in a fast, simple and user-friendly manner.
“By offering a platform that can initiate this engagement, we not only deliver on our promise to our job seekers, but also offer an extended footprint to an already connected and well networked population of savvy talent for our recruiters.”