LinkedIn test will double US job listings

LinkedIn launches a test today that will see the social media platform double its current 350,000 US job listings to 700,000 in the next few days in what the company describes as “our first big step” in digitally mapping the global economy.

Mon, 2 Jun 2014 | By DeeDee Doke

LinkedIn launches a test today that will see the social media platform double its current 350,000 US job listings to 700,000 in the next few days in what the company describes as “our first big step” in digitally mapping the global economy.

The additional job listings, which LinkedIn is calling ‘limited listings’, are being sourced, or aggregated, from US-based organisations’ applicant tracking systems or career sites that do not expressly prohibit digital access. LinkedIn says it is conducting the aggregation via technology the company acquired when it bought job matching service Bright in February.

The ‘limited listings’ will be visible only to active jobseekers via search results on LinkedIn. Paid-for postings on LinkedIn – known as LinkedIn Job Slots and Job Posts – can be seen on LinkedIn by both passive and active candidates.   

There are no plans currently to launch a similar test in the UK, LinkedIn spokesman Joe Roualdes tells Recruiter. “We are laser focused on the US,” Roualdes said in a phone conversation on Friday. “We aren’t aggregating any jobs outside the US.”

The intent of adding the ‘limited listings’ is not to compete with job boards, he added, but to further the social media platform’s plans to create an ‘economic graph’ that aims to “ultimately include every job opportunity available worldwide”.

LinkedIn’s vision for its economic graph is to analyse its jobs data for skills hired for, in which type of functions, the geographies in which specific skills are being hired for and which are sought, and to work with educational institutions about future training requirements to build up skills in fields in which they are lacking – with the aim of narrowing down the skills gap and driving down unemployment.

“This is our first big step” in executing the vision, Roualdes says of the US job aggregation.

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