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Taleo teams with LinkedIn to integrate referrals and reference checking
June 2, 2005
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San Francisco, Calif. -- Taleo Corporation, a worldwide provider of on demand talent management solutions, has partnered with LinkedIn Corporation, creator of the world's largest and most effective online business network.  Through the partnership, Taleo Business Edition customers will now benefit from a default integration to LinkedIn, providing them with the ability to reliably assess candidates by finding which of their own contacts have had experience working with the candidate at a prior company.

Taleo Business Edition is an on demand talent management solution designed for organizations with less than 5,000 employees.  More than 2.7 million professionals have created profiles on LinkedIn and use it to locate people and business opportunities recommended by their existing network of trusted contacts.  Taleo Business Edition customers can now take advantage of this powerful partnership through a direct LinkedIn integration when viewing candidates and contacts in the Taleo solution.

"As referrals, recruiting and reference checking have emerged as a key applications for professionals on LinkedIn, we're pleased that a leader in the talent management industry like Taleo has integrated access to LinkedIn for users of its Business Edition solution," says Reid Hoffman, CEO of LinkedIn. "The combination of Taleo Business Edition and LinkedIn provides hiring managers, HR professionals and recruiters with unique advantages for finding the right candidate for the right job."

The integration allows Taleo Business Edition users to quickly access the LinkedIn profile of any candidate that applies through Taleo and shows them which of their own contacts has an affiliation with that candidate.  It also allows Taleo users to view public references from the candidates' former managers and colleagues as well as search for independent references for a candid evaluation. Finally, Taleo users can also search the extended networks of fellow employees and other trusted contacts of the candidate, adding another layer of sourcing for Taleo Business Edition users.

"As the war for talent continues, it is important for businesses to effectively and quickly source the most qualified talent,” says Michael Gregoire, CEO, Taleo. “Through this partnership, Taleo Business Edition users can now simply find out whether a candidate is known and recommended by someone in their network, making it easier for small and mid-sized companies to compete for talent in today's economy.  This is a first and significant step in extending the reach of our talent management solutions to leverage networks of trusted business contacts."

 
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