LinkedIn Rolls Out Update That Changes the Way We Look for Jobs.

Yesterday, LinkedIn rolled out an update that really does change the way we look for jobs by leveraging our existing networks and specific information that we have on our profiles.

If you’ve been through our Outplacement program then we’ve likely audited your LinkedIn profile and shown you have to look for jobs on LinkedIn. Well, LinkedIn just expanded on a protocol released in December that lists connections at a company you might be interested in applying to. 

“We understand that listing a job’s requirements often isn’t enough, you also need to know:

  • What connections (if any) do you have at the company?
  • Does the company have a history of hiring people like you?
  • Who will you work with if you get the job?”

Now, LinkedIn has expanded on those by adding other elements like any alumni from your school(s) that work there and any previous company(s) alumni from your network that work there. “According to a 2015 LinkedIn survey, 40% of job changers were hired at a company where they had at least one connection. Now, at a glance, you can see how you are connected to a company including your connections as well as fellow school alumni and company alumni at the company.”

Why is this important? Companies know their single best resource for recruiting talent is referrals via their employees. As a result, many companies offer incentives in the form of referral fees to existing employees who pass along names of qualified candidates.

This is a good advance that likely will be grown to add other elements from your profile like professional or student organizations so make sure that your LinkedIn profile is up-to-date and as comprehensive as possible.

Features like this work best when everyone takes advantage of them so make sure to share this post and and make sure to follow The Wetrich Group on LinkedIn for more important updates.