SAP is using social networking site LinkedIn to help its integrators recruit SAP consultants.
This is the first collaboration announcement following a strategic relationship announced in October 2008, when SAP Ventures, a division of SAP, invested in LinkedIn Corporation.
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SAP business partners can use LinkedIn's Recruiter Basic Starter Package, which SAP said has been designed for the recruiting needs of SAP channel partners with up to 1,000 employees. LinkedIn Recruiter, is an online recruiting tool that searches the LinkedIn network for candidates based on individually definable criteria. SAP partners can also contact and track candidates via LinkedIn Recruiter. Additionally, the package includes LinkedIn Jobs Network, an online job posting service that partners can use to promote job openings to the LinkedIn community.
Brian Frank, director, sales operations and alliances, LinkedIn, said: "SAP is the first software company we are working with to provide such an offering. In working with SAP, we aim to provide our members with an additional variety of interesting career opportunities in SAP's SME ecosystem."
Pat Hume, senior vice president, Global SME Indirect Channel, SAP, said: "Working with LinkedIn helps to ease our partners' recruiting needs and provide them with alternatives to the traditional recruiting ways."
Microsoft recently saved an estimated £60,000 in recruitment costs when it was looking to employ people with niche IT skills from across Europe. Declan Fitzgerald, IT recruiter at Microsoft, said he had to find nine techies with skills in the rare Assembly and X86 software languages.