LinkedIn offering new features for job seekers in the New Year

The professional network says the new tools will give users better insight into company culture.

LinkedIn is making it easier for job candidates to see the type of people a company typically hires.
LinkedIn is making it easier for job candidates to see the type of people a company typically hires. –Getty

Want a better way to creep on that company you’d love to work for? LinkedIn’s new job-hunting tools, which the professional network plans on launching some time early next year, could help you do just that.

LinkedIn announced this week that it would soon be adding data to job postings that will give users a better idea of their prospective role, and a company’s health and culture.

Forbes reports that the features will include a free “Meet the Team’’ tool that shows profiles of people at a company that have similar positions to the role you’re searching, and a “Premium Insights’’ feature that will highlight the rate at which a company is hiring people, the average tenure of employees, and which schools and companies most employees come from. The Insights tool will require a premium LinkedIn membership to use.

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LinkedIn will also start prominently displaying any connections a user already has within the company – a feature that existed before, but was shown at the bottom of the posting.

Before the change, free LinkedIn users could only see the job and company description, as well as related job postings other LinkedIn users had viewed.

The tools will soon be rolled out to 10 percent of users via desktop in the U.S., Canada, India, the U.K., and Australia, with plans to include more regions early next year.

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