LinkedIn Announces It’s Moving Its Core Talent Products Onto One Platform

May 14, 2019

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. It’s an ancient idea that we’re putting to use by moving LinkedIn’s two core talent products — Jobs and Recruiter — onto a single platform to help talent professionals be even more productive. We’re calling this the New Recruiter and Jobs.

At the same time we’re moving these products onto one platform, we’re also taking the opportunity to address core customer needs with more than 15 new features. Some of these features will help recruiters be more productive and others will provide them with smarter results through proactive candidate recommendations. With the integration of our talent products, recruiters will be able to see all of their candidates for a role — whether they’re coming from Recruiter or Jobs — in a single unified talent pool. On top of that, the New Recruiter and Jobs will get smarter with every click and even provide you with proactive recommendations that continuously improve.

This integration of our products will also allow them to start learning from each other later in 2019. For example, job posts will target more relevant people based on the sourced candidates you message, and search results will get more relevant based on job applicants you save to your Pipeline.

Here are five of the most exciting features in the New Recruiter and Jobs:

1. A single Talent Pool: Manage search leads and job applicants for your role all in one place

Recruiters have told us they’re often frustrated by the need to jump back and forth between Recruiter search and Jobs. We heard you.

In the New Recruiter and Jobs, you’ll be able to organize both search leads and job applicants for an open role within a project. Whenever you create a project, you’ll have the option to run a search and post a job. You can search for new candidates and monitor your job applicants all in the same Talent Pool view. You can also save the candidates you like to your Pipeline, where you can move them through the stages of the hiring process.

Another new feature, the slide-in profile view, makes it easier to review candidate profiles without having to open a new tab. When you click on a candidate, their profile slides in so that you can retain your place in your search results.

2. Recommended matches: LinkedIn Recruiter and Jobs will proactively suggest candidates who are a fit for your open role

We live in a world of increasingly intelligent products: Smart homes have lights, locks, doorbells, and window blinds that can all communicate with us. Connectivity is at the heart of this growing shift toward intelligent tools. Much like the intelligent tools you use in your home, our core hiring tools will soon be able to work harder for you by leveraging machine learning to simplify the hiring process.

Recommended matches proactively suggests relevant candidates for your open role. These suggestions will get more relevant over time based on which candidates you save and which candidates you hide from the list of matches. The more you interact with candidates within a project, the more our tools learn about what you like — and don’t like — allowing us to surface candidates who are a better fit for your open role. In the second half of 2019, Recommended matches will start to learn from even more signals, such as the candidates to whom you send InMails and the candidates you save from your searches.

3. Closing the loop: We’ve made it easy for you to let applicants know they won’t be moving forward

Leaving applicants hanging is bad business. Virgin Media found that poor candidate experiences were costing the company as much as $5 million a year, and one survey showed that over 40% of candidates said that if they don’t hear back from a company they’ll never apply to it again.

No response is still a loud message, and it’s not the one you want to be sending.

A new feature for Jobs will allow users to send rejection messages to applicants individually or in bulk with just a few clicks. This lets applicants know they are not moving forward in the hiring process. You can easily customize the messages for a more personal touch, and you can even select a “rejection reason” that isn’t visible to candidates but will help LinkedIn understand why you’re rejecting those specific candidates so we can promote your job to more relevant candidates in the future.

Applicants may not embrace your decision, but they will appreciate knowing the outcome. This will make them much more likely to check in with you the next time they’re looking because they’ll remember you provided a good candidate experience.

4. Remote jobs: Post a job with a remote location to expand your applicant pool

While remote work comes with its own challenges, 72% of talent professionals surveyed by LinkedIn agreed that flexible work is one of the major trends shaping the future of recruiting and HR, according to the Global Talent Trends 2019 report. Why? Because work flexibility can boost productivity, diversity, and retention even as it cuts facility expenses.

The New Recruiter and Jobs will allow you to post jobs that feature the option to work remotely. You will simply click on the Location field, select “This job is remote,” and enter the city or country from which your hire will be expected to work. For example, you can post a job for a project manager who can work from anywhere in the United States. Posting your position as one that embraces remote work will open up your applicant pool to more qualified candidates by reducing the geographic constraints.

5. Screening questions: Easily home in on applicants who are the best fit

You will be able to add screening questions to the jobs you post on LinkedIn, and this will help you narrow down your talent pool to the candidates who best meet your qualifications.

You will be able to add screening questions on topics like years of experience in a specific function, education level, language proficiency, licenses and certifications, and even willingness to commute. You can then sort applicants based on how well they meet your baseline requirements.

Final thoughts: We’re excited about the upgrades to the New Recruiter and Jobs — and think you will be too

We can’t wait for you to get your hands on the major upgrades that are coming in 2019. The New Recruiter and Jobs will help you do your job more efficiently and help you get smarter results.

You’ll be hearing from us in the weeks before you upgrade to the New Recruiter and Jobs, but for now you can learn more about the integration of and enhancements to our talent products here.

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