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New LinkedIn Job Postings Highlight Professional Connections

New LinkedIn Job Postings Highlight Professional Connections
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When it comes to job postings, the position's stated requirements may not tell you everything about the role or whether you're a good fit.

With that in mind, LinkedIn is rolling out revamped job postings that provide insight into the connections job seekers might have to the company that's hiring, as well as more information about the organization and the people who work there.

"With our newly redesigned job postings, LinkedIn provides unique, at-a-glance insights to put more power in the job seeker's hands," Vidya Chandra, a senior product manager at LinkedIn, wrote on the company's blog.

Because knowing someone at a company can be a critical step toward getting on hiring managers' radar, LinkedIn's job postings now highlight any professional connections that job seekers have to the position. The job postings will note which, if any, of the people in their LinkedIn network are currently working for the company that's hiring. 

In addition to the employees they may already know, the job posting will provide a more detailed look at the employees they don't know. A recent LinkedIn survey revealed that successful job seekers are nine times more likely to research the current employees of companies that are hiring. To help with that process, LinkedIn is unveiling its Meet the Team tool. [LinkedIn Updates Help You Improve Your Profile ]

"It's a new feature that shows you employees with similar roles at the company to give you a sense of the team's background and expertise," Chandra wrote.

Besides delivering details on the specific employees of a company, the new job postings provide more insight into the company's overall hiring trends. Specifically, job seekers on LinkedIn will now see details about a company’s growth rate, average tenure, and top schools and companies. In addition to offering details on the overall company statistics, the listings will show stats on the type of position being applied for. For example, people looking at a marketing job will be shown data on hiring trends in the company's marketing department, how many total employees are in that department and their average tenure.

The goal of the redesigned postings is to give job seekers a much clearer picture of whether the position they're considering is a good match.

"If so, you can use our people related insights to make sure you're putting your most competitive foot forward," Chandra wrote.


Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance writer who has nearly 15 years experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.