Getting former supervisors, colleagues and other professional contacts to post recommendations on your LinkedIn® profile can put you on a faster track to finding a new job, according to a new survey conducted by RiseSmart®, a leading provider of next-generation outplacement and recruitment solutions.

The survey of more than a hundred workers, conducted with participants in the RiseSmart Transition Concierge® outplacement program who had found jobs during the fourth quarter of 2010, showed that jobseekers with at least five LinkedIn recommendations were placed in a new position in just over 4 months on average – 10 percent faster than those with no recommendations.

The survey showed that 59 percent of workers had one or more LinkedIn recommendation, compared to 41 percent with none.

“The survey results underscore what we tell program participants every day: social networking can no longer be dismissed as a waste of time or overhyped phenomenon,” said Sanjay Sathe, founder and CEO of RiseSmart. “Today, the effective use of social networks like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter can make a meaningful difference in how quickly you are able to find a job.”

Sathe cautioned, however, that rather than rushing to collect LinkedIn recommendations, jobseekers should focus on quality over quantity.

“While there is clearly an advantage in having recommendations on your LinkedIn profile, there is no clear benefit to having dozens of them, rather than a few high-quality references from former supervisors and close colleagues.

“Recruiters generally look at the detail and relevance of the recommendation -- as well as reviewing the LinkedIn profiles of your references. If you have too many recommendations on your profile, the truly important ones can get lost in the shuffle,” Sathe said.

About Transition Concierge

Transition Concierge, RiseSmart's flagship outplacement solution, creatively leverages technology to optimize time-to-placement for laid-off workers. Powered by proprietary job-matching software, the solution delivers highly personalized job leads as well as other job search tools to eligible employees. Laid-off workers have access to one-on-one assistance from trained Transition Specialists during every step of the job-finding process.

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RiseSmart is the leading provider of next-generation outplacement solutions. The company leverages a cloud-based technology platform, proven methodologies and one-on-one support to help employers with their workforce strategy, and displaced employees with their career strategy. RiseSmart drives significant ROI to organizations by offering affordable pricing while reducing unemployment insurance taxes and severance costs. RiseSmart has received a wide range of awards and recognition from organizations including Bersin by Deloitte, the Best in Biz, Gartner Inc., the Golden Bridge Awards, LAROCQUE, the Momentum Index, Red Herring, the San Francisco Business Times, SiliconIndia, the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, the Stevie Awards and TIE.

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08 February 2011

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