LinkedIn Job Search Changes: What Candidates Need to Know

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linkedin logoAs one of the most widely used social media sites for professional networking, LinkedIn announced this week a few extensive adjustments to make job search on the site more efficient. Because referrals and connections are such pivotal pieces of the search, LinkedIn will provide the following information:

  • Which of your connections are employed at the company in question
  • Who to reach out to at that company based on college career and experience
  • People with comparable positions to the one in question to potentially connect with
  • For premium members: company details such as growth rate, average tenure, top locations from which it hires

Such changes aim to provide information that allows job seekers to connect with the right individuals, increasing their chances of being hired. This line of thinking goes hand-in-hand with the fact that referrals are still the number one source of hire in today’s job market.

Such changes to LinkedIn’s search tools illustrate the increasing utilization of social media for professional purposes. In order to compete with competitors’ branding techniques, many businesses looking to fill roles are leveraging social media with other candidate search methods.

What does this mean for the future of the job market? It is likely that such digital trends will continue at rapid pace, connecting job seekers with employers at lightning speed and heightening the ongoing candidate-driven marketplace.

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