LinkedIn launches Your Commute feature helps candidates shortlist job opportunities. With the new Your Commute feature, LinkedIn will help users calculate the potential commute time, depending on the mode of transport, and show time-based results, even before you apply for the role.
There are a lot of factors that go into understanding if a job is a right fit for you, and taking the time to research can often be a roadblock to finding a new opportunity also long commutes aren’t just frustrating, they can literally harm your health.
LinkedIn, the professional networking and careers site feels your pain and that’s why it has developed a feature that offers to tell you whether your commute will be hellish before you apply for a new job role.
LinkedIn launches Your Commute feature helps candidates shortlist job opportunities
LinkedIn launches Your Commute feature helps candidates shortlist job opportunities. LinkedIn has introduced a new feature that shows users the commute time to a potential new job. The social media site, which is aimed at job seekers and networkers, has launched Your Commute feature on its mobile services.
Now, LinkedIn is not only helping you build your resume and your professional network but is also serving as your mapping service. The company’s latest ‘Your Commute’ feature lets you see the location and commute time to certain employers, which may just help you decide whether or not you want to be its next employee.
The feature, aptly named “Your Commute,” has now been made globally available on the mobile version of the site, and provides location data for all businesses where LinkedIn already boasts location information, as per the report, the feature will also be available on the desktop.
It’s available for most job listings, but not all. Right now, employers need to provide a location to be included in the feature, but in the future, LinkedIn will be “collecting addresses from publicly available sources such as state business registries and pairing these to the right job posting.
What is the advantage of this new feature?
No doubt, you could easily go on Google Maps yourself, and check how long it would take to reach a prospective office. But that would require researching where the company is located, opening at least two more tabs, and wasting five minutes you probably don’t have if you’re scanning new gigs from your present office.
LinkedIn launches Your Commute feature helps candidates shortlist job opportunities by saving your time from the harassment of searching the location of your new office.
How the new LinkedIn’s Your Commute feature will work out?
# You log in to LinkedIn and click on the “Jobs” tab from your mobile phone, you’ll start to see a ‘See Your Commute’ module. From here you can enter your address to calculate how long it would take you to get to your new office walking, driving or on public transportation.
# You can even choose the time of commute to reveal the duration based on the average traffic situation.
# You can also set ‘your commute’ preferences within your career interests dashboard so that LinkedIn can provide you with more relevant job recommendations that fit your lifestyle.
# Preferences include commute start point, mode of transport, the amount of time you are willing to commute for, and start time. Address and commute preferences are said to be stored as private information.
LinkedIn also announced that it will soon roll out a feature wherein users can save their address information locally on their phone, eliminating the need of typing it in on every such instance.
Now, on LinkedIn, you can see salary insights, how your skills and experience match with what the role requires, who can refer you to the role, and information about the company and potential team, all without ever leaving the job listing.
The location services of LinkedIn are being supported by Bing Maps, which comes as no surprise given that both Bing and LinkedIn now live under the overarching Microsoft umbrella.
As for potential security concerns about telling LinkedIn where you live, that’s up for you to decide, though they vouch to keep your home address private.