New LinkedIn feature enhances contractors-recruiter connection

LinkedIn is introducing a new feature that should appeal to the 4 million contractors that use its service to find work.

The highly requested option is part of the Microsoft-owned platform’s Open Candidates tool, which allows members to privately notify recruiters that they are interested in being contacted about new roles.

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According to Digital Trends, LinkedIn users can now self-identify as contractors via the preferences page in the “jobs” tab on the desktop version of the site. The option is available alongside existing job types, such as full-time, part-time and freelance.

Recruiters now have access to a new contract filter via LinkedIn’s Recruiter platform, allowing them to narrow their search to these types of candidates.

Having launched in October, LinkedIn Open Candidates is now being used by more than 3.4 million members. According to the platform, candidates who self-identify as contractors are three times more likely to respond to recruiters, with 40 percent responding within one day.

Last month, LinkedIn overhauled its desktop site to offer a streamlined experience complete with better search functions, more relevant results, and a new messaging interface. The company is also planning to integrate a number of its features with Microsoft’s productivity software.

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