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LinkedIn's Open Candidates: How to Search for a New Job, Quietly

LinkedIn's Open Candidates: How to Search for a New Job, Quietly
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Sometimes it can be difficult to search for a new job when you're already employed. How would your employer react if they knew you were looking for a way out? Getting caught in a job search could lead to some uncomfortable interactions in your current workplace, so it's important to make sure you do it the right way.

Luckily, LinkedIn has unveiled a tool that will help you discreetly put your resume in front of a sea of job recruiters. The program, called Open Candidates, allows users to send out a signal to potential employers that lets them know the user is interested in finding a new job. Users are prompted to fill out a questionnaire about the types of jobs they'd like to fill and are encouraged to update their profile with their relevant experience. Then, interested recruiters will be directed to the user's profile and, if they believe there's a fit, will contact the user with a possible interview opportunity.

"Who among us hasn't, at some point, tried to find work without our boss finding out?" Dan Shapero, senior product manager of LinkedIn Careers at LinkedIn, wrote on the company's blog. "Now, you can privately indicate to recruiters on LinkedIn without worrying. We will hide the Open Candidates signal from recruiters at your company or affiliated company recruiters."

In order to see that you're interested in an open position, recruiters must first be subscribed to LinkedIn's paid service. 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. [See Related Story: Everything You Need to Know About Job Searching in the Digital Age]

LinkedIn will be officially revealing Open Candidates, along with several other updates, at its annual Talent Connect event, which is available for live-streaming today and tomorrow (Oct. 6 -7). Open Candidates will initially be available in the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia, according to LinkedIn. The company anticipates expanding access to Open Candidates worldwide throughout the coming year.

If you are looking for a job while you're still employed, be sure to be respectful of your employer's time and resources. Don't spend your work day browsing job listings or filling in applications, and definitely don't conduct your search on company-issued devices.

For more tips on conducting a subtle job search, visit Business News Daily's guide here.

Adam C. Uzialko
Adam C. Uzialko

Adam received his Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Journalism & Media Studies at Rutgers University. He worked for a local newspaper and freelanced for several publications after graduating college. He can be reached by email, or follow him on Twitter.