LinkedIn, the social network for professionals, unveiled a locally developed product called LinkedIn Placements, a mobile and desktop-friendly platform on Wednesday, to make the process of campus placements smoother and more efficient.
“LinkedIn Placements, a completely free product from our side, will help students to find a solution in this regard. It will also assist placement officers and recruiters to manage campus placement initiatives. This product has been developed after six months of R&D, and is the first to be totally conceived and developed outside the US and China,” said LinkedIn India head of engineering Ganesan Venkatasubramanian while speaking to Deccan Herald.
He said the product has been launched as a pilot, and 14 colleges in the country have adopted it, which includes RVCE College, PESIT College of Management, MIT Institute of Design, and FMS Delhi.
“The product will help students keep track of suitable jobs and apply accordingly. They will also receive real-time updates on their applications. It will also help students to connect with alumni groups and help them to build their professional networks,” he said.
LinkedIn helps student community and professionals to connect with employment opportunities by availing its tools such as University Pages, Apply for job on LinkedIn Mobile, and Revamped Groups.
First jobs a tough ask
A recent study conducted across Asia-Pacific by LinkedIn revealed that fresh graduates and early professionals (those with less than a year of experience) feel that it is now harder for them to land their first jobs, compared with two decades ago. More than a third said they believe it would take them one to three months to land their first job.
On the other hand, LinkedIn Placements enables recruiters to post jobs and filter candidates they want to meet, ahead of the campus visit. “LinkedIn Placements help them to focus on their core job of interviewing pre-selected candidates during the campus visit,” he said.
LinkedIn India and Hong Kong Head of Communications Deepa Sapatnekar said the product is focused entirely on the Indian market for now. “After receiving feedback and suggestions for further development, LinkedIn will expand the product reach by roping in more colleges and recruiters,” she said.
LinkedIn helps student community and professionals to connect with employment opportunities by availing its tools such as University Pages, Apply for job on LinkedIn Mobile, and Revamped Groups. LinkedIn Placements is the latest addition to this list.
LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network, with over 33 million members in India and 400 million globally.