How Important Is LinkedIn in Employee Recruitment? How Much Value Would Employers Place On Multilingual Employees?

Joe Light reported two employee recruitment trends in The Wall Street Journal. First, companies rely less on online job boards because job boards also attract unqualified candidates. Instead, they would rather “hunt for candidates” in professional social networking sites such as LinkedIn. I agree that LinkedIn could be very effective. For example, I shared a job opening that was posted by one of my LinkedIn connections (a hospitality recruiter) in a LinkedIn Group, on my Facebook page and Tweeter. Within minutes, a 2008 Texas Tech graduate in Hospitality Management thanked me for the information and told me she would apply for the job. A hospitality recruiter and a hospitality graduate, what a good match! What is your experience of using social networking sites for job hunts or employee recruitment?

The second trend is about multilingual employees. Joe Light suggested that proficiency in a foreign language will become more important in the workforce. In particular, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, and Russian will be in “moderate-to-high demand.” I have been studying and working in the U.S. for several years, either in international hotel chains or in academia. I also speak fluent English, Cantonese, Mandarin, and some Japanese. Yet, the only language skill that seems important is English. If multilingual employees mean so much to today’s organizations, why doesn’t any employer in the U.S. show interest in my language skills or my multi-cultural backgrounds? I wonder if it is just my unique personal experience or if I am just one of a million who happens to know another language. What are your opinions?

References:
Light, J. (2011, January 18). Recruiters rethink online Playbook. The Wall Street Journal, B7. (One may also retrieve this article online via: http://on.wsj.com/evJLjK).
Light, J. (2011, January 18). Help wanted: Multilingual employees. The Wall Street Journal, B7. (One may also retrieve this article online via: http://on.wsj.com/e9iHBU).

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