Looking for a job can be challenging, especially when your heart is set on a particular company. But what if I told you about the new Linkedin feature that allows job seekers to express their interest in working for a company without having to apply for a specific role? And the best part: It’s fast, easy, and protects your privacy.
But it’s not just job seekers who benefit from this new feature. Recruiters can also use it to find candidates already interested in working for their company and ideally possess the same values, making the hiring process more efficient and effective.
Let’s dive into it!
Are you seeking a job?
Many of us would like to work in a particular company, but we are often not ready to apply, or there is no open position that fits our profile. In this case, the new feature will help as you no longer need to apply for any particular role to express your interest in working for the company. Once you signal that you’re interested, recruiters at the company can view your profile for up to a year when searching for interested candidates.
Additionally, if you care about discretion, you don’t have to worry. To protect your privacy, only recruiters within the company you’ve signaled interest in will see that you’ve signaled interest – recruiters from other companies won’t be able to view it. Also, there won’t be any information shared publicly on LinkedIn’s newsfeed, to your connections, or to other companies.
Sounds good, isn’t it? Let’s then figure out how to use the new Linkedin feature. Simply go to the About tab on your desired company’s page, scroll down, and click the I’m interested button. That’s it! You can see a more detailed visualization in the example image below.
Important: only companies with active LinkedIn Career Page and Recruiter contracts can use this feature, so don’t be confused if you won’t see this option on some pages.
You can not only express interest but also withdraw it
Although the interest you’ve expressed will expire and no longer be visible to recruiters after a year, you can terminate it manually at any time.
Firstly, you can click Undo right after clicking on the I’m interested button.
Secondly, you can manage the interest you’ve shared through your profile settings. Simply go to your Settings & Privacy tab, choose Data Privacy, and click Manage your data and activity. Now you will see a list of all the data permissions you’ve given to LinkedIn, including expressed interests. Click on the arrow next to You expressed interest in future roles at [company] with the name of the company you would like to withdraw the interest from, and click Delete data.
Are you hiring?
I also have good news for all recruiters, as the new Linkedin feature benefits both sides of the recruitment process. The functionality allows you to find candidates who are interested in working for your company more easily.
When job seekers click the I’m interested button on your company’s About page, they will be searchable by using the Interested in your company Spotlight in Recruiter and will have an interested in your company tag on their Profile in Recruiter.
However, remember that this feature will be exclusively available to entities with active LinkedIn Career Page and Recruiter contracts.
Disable the feature for your company
If you feel like you don’t necessarily need to gather data on people expressing interest, you can easily turn the feature off on the company page. To do so, you will need to have admin access or ask the person on your team who is responsible for managing the company page on Linkedin.
Published: 13 April 2023