LinkedIn Unveils 3 Product Updates, Taking “Work” Out of Talent Acquisition and Retention

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financial numbersIf you want to get something done, you’ve got to work. And that’s definitely true when it comes to hiring. These were the words of Parker Barrile, LinkedIn’s VP of Product, during the company’s “ConnectIn San Francisco: Insights Into the Future of Talent Acquisition.”

During the live-streamed session on April 10, 2014, Barrile explained how LinkedIn was unveiling three product updates that will take the “work” out of finding and retaining top talent.

The product releases include:

1. Profile 2.0

According to Barrile, recruiter users spend more than 500,000 hours per month searching profiles. LinkedIn has rebuilt the recruiter profile page from the ground up. The updated profile features:

  • Simpler and cleaner user experience
  • Topcard with concise summary of most relevant information about a candidate
  • Candidate profile information presented in more visual way, including the ability to add posts, photos, videos and presentations (LinkedIn says this helps recruiters mention something specific to candidates about their experiences and skills)
  • Changed work flow, put activity first (show all interactions between recruiter and candidate)
  • Updated Recruiting toolbar

2. Recruiter on mobile for Android, updated iPhone app

According to LinkedIn, 41 percent of visits to the site are from mobile devices, and many recruiters use Androids. The new Android app includes all functionalities of the iPhone app.

3. Internal Job Recommendations

LinkedIn said it wants to take the work out of engaging and retaining the talent that already works at your company. To do so, the company is adding an internal job recommendations feature. Similar to the “Jobs You May Be Interested In” tool, the new feature shows members jobs at their existing company as opposed to jobs at other companies. This update was largely due to the results of LinkedIn’s Exit Survey, where it discovered that many employees who had recently quit their jobs wouldn’t have done so had they known about a better role in the company.

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