A New LinkedIn Tool Helps Recruiters Better Support Contractors

LinkedIn has become by far the most important social network for professionals, and it is only getting better. While the pace of feature introductions at other sites might have slowed down somewhat, LinkedIn still actively seeks out ways to improve the experience for all of its users.

One commonly noticed weak point in the past was that contractors sometimes seemed to receive short shrift relative to other types of professionals. A new feature that LinkedIn has recently been testing aims to address this complaint and more.

Giving Recruiters the Tools They Need to Serve Contractors Better

Whereas many professionals still focus on working for one employer for years, many others now adopt a much more independent take on their chosen career. Contractors like Greg Youman might not necessarily be actively looking for work in the immediate future, even if they could nonetheless be interested in hearing proposals at any given time.

That is a sharp divergence from the usual situation where third-party recruiters try to insert themselves. While LinkedIn has done an excellent job of making it easy for recruiters to locate and place full-time candidates, contractors have, until recently, mostly gone overlooked.

The new LinkedIn feature is designed to remedy this deficit for good. By providing a full range of statuses that contractors can apply to themselves, it aims to help inform recruiters in suitably useful ways. Instead of not being able to control how or when recruiters might get in touch, contractors gain a new way of making their desires known.

A Notable Shift Toward a More Modern Take on Business

There are those who would claim that this move is long overdue, but the delay must also be regarded as understandable. The bread and butter for LinkedIn for many years has been the kinds of stable, well-defined employment relationships that have traditionally prevailed throughout the realm of business.

More recently, of course, contracting and freelancing arrangements have become increasingly common. While it might have introduced a similar feature sooner, LinkedIn seemingly decided to wait until a certain critical mass of demand for it was in place. What will matter the most, going forward, is that this desirable functionality is now finally available.