It’s no mystery that social media has opened up the flood gates to insights into our personal lives. Be it Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, our personal information and media is generally accessible at the click of a button. But with the benefit of being able to share all of this information comes the downside: the potential risk of destroying a job prospect. There have been countless stories of individuals whose social media accounts have gotten them into so much trouble that offers from companies, athletic programs, and other organizations have been revoked.
So then it goes without saying that LinkedIn, despite being a fantastic networking tool, is a prime destination for an employer to check up on employees who might be looking to switch jobs. Enter Open Candidates. The site has created a new tool which allows users to notify recruiters of their interest in finding a new job. This is significant for a couple of reasons, not the least of which being the fact that a large portion of users go to LinkedIn in search of new opportunities, but it also signals to users that the site is paying attention to their concerns and adapting accordingly.
But certainly LinkedIn isn’t doing this solely out of the goodness of their hearts. With this new tool the site charges a premium rate to recruiters and it also doesn’t ensure that those same headhunters won’t be poaching colleagues.
Overall this seems to be a highly effective use of the site. By now allowing users to indicate their search hopes, or lack thereof, you can either invite headhunters to contact you, or send the message that you’d rather not be bothered.
All in all, it’s the site moving in a good direction and taking care of some of the existing problems that users experienced. And in an age where privacy is limited, it’s a little less to worry about if you’re trying to get to the next level.