Exploring your career options can be somewhat of a stealth operation. You don’t want to let your current company know that you are looking until you are prepared to make a move or have an offer. Let’s be honest, how many professionals haven’t found themselves in this situation before – looking to make a career move without your boss finding out? At the executive level, keeping your job search quiet is even more important.
“There is no way to tell the world that you’re open to new opportunities without worrying about your employer finding out,” says Dan Shapero, Senior Product Manager of LinkedIn Careers at LinkedIn, on the LinkedIn Official Blog.
This can create a somewhat perilous game of hide and seek – and potentially increase the difficulty of your search.
Good news – LinkedIn has a solution for this awkward situation that candidates and hiring companies have to frequently tiptoe around. It’s called Open Candidates.
What Is Open Candidates on LinkedIn?
Open Candidates is a new LinkedIn feature that makes it easier for job candidates to connect with hiring companies. It does so by privately signalling to recruiters that you are open to new opportunities.
“You can specify the types of companies and roles you are most interested in and be easily found by the hundreds of thousands of recruiters who use LinkedIn to find great professional talent,” says Shapero.
How to Use Open Candidates
To access this feature:
- Go to the Preferences tab on the LinkedIn Jobs page
- Turn on sharing
- Enter information about the roles you are interested in pursuing
You can enter information about locations you want to work, your experience level, industry, company size, and more.
Beneficial for Candidates and Recruiters
Open Candidates is beneficial for both candidates and for recruiters.
Benefits for Candidates
- Can privately search for job opportunities without having to worry about your current company finding out
- You can set the preferences for the types of roles you want recruiters to contact you about
- It only takes a couple minutes to set up
- It’s a passive way to generate interest – once you turn on the signals, you can let LinkedIn do the work for you
“This way, you’ll know that who comes knocking is a legitimate job recruiter interested in hiring you. Best of all, the signal to recruiters that you’re looking for a new job will only be visible to those unaffiliated with the company you currently work for. Privacy and discretion are key aspects of Open Candidates,” adds Adam C. Uzialko on Business News Daily.
Benefits for Recruiters
- You can see which professionals on LinkedIn are currently looking
- You save time by interacting with professionals who are seeking opportunities
- You can use the preferences information from candidates to focus your search for an ideal candidate
The one caveat for recruiters is that they must be subscribed to LinkedIn’s paid service in order to see who is interested in new positions.
Open Candidates is live now in Canada, United States, United Kingdom and other select countries and will be rolled out globally soon.