Want a New Job? You Can Now Say So on Your LinkedIn Profile

LinkedIn is a good place to find a new job. It's not a good place to alert others -- namely recruiters and hiring managers -- that you're trying to find a new job.

LinkedIn wants to change that. On Thursday, it announced a new feature called Open Candidates, which lets users indicate they're open to new job opportunities. Users can also add details on the types of jobs they're interested in, and in which cities.

If you already have a job, the idea of alerting people online that you're open to a new one sounds like a bad idea. What if your boss finds out? But LinkedIn says this isn't a problem. The info is only visible by recruiters that work at other companies and pay LinkedIn's $9,000 annual fee for the premium recruiter service.

The hope is that letting people add this signal to their profile will increase the number of job openings they see, and help recruiters better identify people who are actually open to new opportunities versus simply guessing.

"The big challenge job seekers have today is that their profiles are an indication in general of where they are now, not necessarily where they want to go," said Eddie Vivas, head of product for LinkedIn's talent solutions business. "The ability to signal those things are big."

LinkedIn announced the new product at its annual Talent Connect conference, this year held in Vegas. (At last year's event in LA, the company showed off its redesigned mobile app.) It also announced redesigned Career Pages Thursday, or LinkedIn-hosted versions of a company's website, complete with job listings and corporate videos.

LinkedIn has been beta testing Open Candidates for months and says one million people have already used the product. It will roll out to all recruiters on the site beginning Thursday, and will make its...

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