LinkedIn Announces New Features For Job Seekers

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LinkedIn announced that it is now surfacing new insights within its network to help job seekers. These include what connections (if any) the user has at a company, whether or not the company has a history of hiring "people like you," and who you would work with if you got the job.

According to LinkedIn, 89% of career builders networked while seekign their current job, and of those who networked with former colleagues, 53% said those efforts helped them land a job. Those who reached out to a former boss said doing so was 61% effective.

LinkedIn will now show your connections to a company front and center on job postings.

There's also a new "Meet the Team" feature that shows employees with similar roles at the company to "give you a sense of the team's background and expertise."

According to LinkedIn, successful job seekers are nine times more likely to research the current employees of hiring companies.

"When we asked professionals who recently landed a new job about the process, the #1 obstacle they faced was not knowing what it’s really like to work at the company," says LinkedIn's Vidya Chandra. "With our new Premium insights, we aim to make crucial intel about a company more transparent. You’ll now have important details about a company’s growth rate, average tenure, and top schools and companies they hire from so that you can determine if a company is truly the right fit for you."

"With our newly redesigned job postings, LinkedIn provides unique, at-a-glance insights to put more power in the job seeker’s hands," Chandra adds. "Is this job the right job for YOU? If so, you can use our people related insights to make sure you’re putting your most competitive foot forward."

The company says this is "just the beginning," so I assume more features to help job seekers are on the way in the coming year.

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