Looking for a new job while trying to keep it from your current employer can be stressful and annoying. Stressful because you don’t want him/her to know you’re unhappy; annoying because you can’t look as freely as you want to. But LinkedIn has heard your cries and is changing all that. For you. Not us. We totally love our job.
LinkedIn’s newest feature, Open Candidates, allows members to notify recruiters on the down low that they’re open to new job opportunities while their employers and recruiters at their company remain in the dark.
The social networking site for professionals, which was acquired by Microsoft for $26.2 billion USD in June, has been testing Open Candidates for several months, and about one million people have already used the feature. Recruiters on the site now have access and, eventually, it’ll make its way to users over time.
It’s currently available in Canada, the United States, the U.K. and Australia, but there is one catch. Open Candidates is only available to recruiters who use LinkedIn’s Premium service.
Which is enough of a reason for them to sign up, right? Now, all you need to do is go to the “Preferences” tab on the LinkedIn Jobs home page and simply turn it “On.” You’ll have to fill in some brief information about the roles you’re interested in, but then you’re set. The Open Candidates signal from recruiters will be hidden from your company or any affiliated company recruiters.
The goal is that adding this signal to profiles will not only increase the number of job openings they see, but will also help recruiters better identify people who are actually open to new opportunities versus simply guessing.