LinkedIn adds instant job alerts, unlocks salary insights for everyone

What you need to know

  • LinkedIn now sends instant alerts when a job opening that meets your preferences is posted.
  • Salary insights are now free for everyone.
  • Recruiters can now use screening questions to vet job candidates.

Microsoft announced several updates to LinkedIn today that should make the process of finding your next job a little less onerous. Among the new features are instant job alerts, a new look for the job home, and unlocked salary insights for everyone.

The biggest feature, instant job alerts, aims to quickly alert you to new job openings that meet your preferences and experience within minutes. "Our redesigned job alerts will send members a notification within minutes when a job that meets their criteria or experience is posted to give them the best chance of getting the job," the LinkedIn team said in a blog post announcing the feature.

The jobs home has a refreshed design as well, streamlined to a single search and scroll interface. The LinkedIn team says that your searches will now be saved as well so you can dive back in if you have to step away from your search for a moment.

Finally, salary insights, which were previously a premium feature, are now open to everyone. You'll now be able to view salaries for job postings without restrictions.

Coming "soon" is a new Skill Assessments feature that LinkedIn says will help job seekers "assess, validate, and showcase their skills to more effectively stand out." For recruiters, a new tool to add screening questions to collect more information on candidates is now available, too.

All of these features, except Skills Assessments, are now available on LinkedIn.

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