The look on your face and, perhaps, the diminishing quality of your current performance, aren’t the only ways to signal that you’re looking for a new job. LinkedIn has added a new feature that serves as a (private) beacon to recruiters, letting them know that you’re open to new opportunities.
According to LinkedIn — which let Microsoft know that it was looking this summer when it agreed to be acquired for $26.2 billion — the new feature called Open Candidates allows users to simply turn on a switch to discreetly say, in so many words, “Get me the hell out of here!”
Users can specify what types of companies and roles they are most interested in, as well as add additional details such as when they might be available to start at a new place or where they would relocate. And recruiters who use LinkedIn will see that you’re looking. LinkedIn also says it will hide the signal from recruiters at your company or affiliated company recruiters.
LinkedIn reports that it has 450 million members, who have access to more than 6 million job listings.
Open Candidates is available in the U.S, U.K., Canada and Australia on desktop and mobile web for now. Global rollout will happen soon.
Oh, and letting your boss read this story over your shoulder probably defeats the purpose of the whole “privacy” thing.