Using your CRM should be the best way to log the communication between you and your candidates. It helps to speed up and give visibility to the recruitment process and activity. But if you are without their CV, then creating a record in order to communicate with the candidate can be time consuming.
If your CRM parses PDF CVs, you can press the PDF button (at the bottom of the candidate’s blue box) on the LinkedIn profile of your candidate and hey presto! you have a document that you can use to add the candidate quickly to your recruitment CRM.
Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should
One thing to think about though, is that if the candidate cannot get you their CV, but you have spoken with them, that you can still create a record from their LinkedIn profile in order to begin your recruitment workflow via your CRM. (God forbid you correspond with your candidate without using your CRM to log your conversations!)
We run LinkedIn for Recruiters courses for time-starved recruiters, who think they have a handle on LinkedIn, but want to improve their profile, increase their relevant application response and place more jobs. Read about the courses here.