New Features to Give and Get Help From Your Community
June 30, 2020
When it comes to your career, just one person opening a door can make all the difference. That’s why our community of millions of members across the globe are such a valuable resource to job seekers. And, in challenging times like these, that resource is one of the best ways to support one another. We’ve added some new features on LinkedIn that make it easier to give and get help.
Share That You’re Open To Work
A good first step to finding a new opportunity is to let others know you’re looking. We made it easy to privately signal recruiters that you’re open to work, specify the types of jobs you’re interested in, and indicate your preferred start date and location -- ensuring you show up in more recruiter search results. More than 30 million members have used this tool to help them find their next job.
We’re taking that to the next level with an Open-To Work feature so you can indicate to the community of members on LinkedIn that you’re open to work and to make yourself more discoverable by hiring managers. When you turn on the optional feature, a #OpenToWork photo frame is added to your profile picture so anyone who sees your profile, will know you are open to new opportunities -- and can help connect you to them. This will include, for example, when your profile comes up in a search or when you comment on a post.
Here’s how to turn this new feature on:
Go to your profile and under your picture click: “Show recruiters you’re open to work”
Fill in your job preferences such as location and job type
Click the “choose who sees that you’re open” to select if you want to keep this to recruiters, or if you want to add a badge to your profile that everyone can see
After you turn on the feature, you can create a post using #opentowork so you can reach even more people on LinkedIn to help you find your next role.
Offer to Lend A Hand
So many of our members want to help their community -- whether by providing an introduction, reviewing a resume, practicing interview tactics, or just providing general job-seeking advice. So, we’re testing new features to help members lend a hand to people in their network. That’s why you’ll find new prompts when you start a post on LinkedIn so you can tell others you’re willing to provide a helping hand.
Here’s how to get started:
Start a new post and click the “Offer to Help” option
Select all the ways you’d wish to help others in their job hunt or career and click “done.” This includes:
— 👋 #OfferingHelp: General Help, Career Coaching
— 👋 #OfferingHelp: Referrals
— 👋 #OfferingHelp: Resume Reviews
Edit your post and determine who you’d like to be able to see it -- we encourage you to share beyond your connections
Hit post and field any inbound messages or comments to set up a conversation
Here are a few examples from members who have offered to help already:
We’ve also added a new support reaction so that you can show support for articles, posts, news or views.
Coming together as a community is one of the most important things we can do to get us closer to reaching our goals. We're continuing to roll out new tools that allow our members to give and get help on LinkedIn, because we’re all better when we’re in it together. Also, if you’re searching for a job we have more tips and the latest in-demand jobs at Opportunity.LinkedIn.com