Through the platform, the RizePoint hiring manager was notified of recommendations from current employees who knew Burke and offered insights on the kind of potential employee she might be with the company. She believes those recommendations gave her an advantage over other candidates. I think it made all the difference to have that networking tie-in, Burke said. The LinkedIn membership gave me that momentum and incentive to really shine within the application process. She said the premium account allowed her to network directly with hiring managers or others who could expedite the application process. It proved crucial to her search, she added. Having a more narrowly targeted pool of applicants helps to accelerate the process of finding the ideal candidate, explained Pete Johnson, vice president of People Operations at RizePoint, a corporate compliance and brand management software company. (The program) connects us to the right profile and shows us people that thanks for this most closely align with our needs, he said. So much of the connecting with the prospective candidates, getting to know them and validating they are who they say they are can happen right inside the LinkedIn system. The program launched in June 2016, with 384 people enrolling in the first few months, said Michelle Beebe, director of Utah's Unemployment Insurance Division. DWS data indicates approximately, 67 percent of Utah's workforce has a LinkedIn account and thousands of Utah employers use the platform to recruit my link new thanks talent. The company said Utah is the first state it has partnered but more could follow if the pilot program proves successful.
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