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LinkedIn Groups Now Has Free Job Postings

by
John Zappe
Feb 22, 2009, 12:57 am ET

What would you pay to get a job opening before a group of the very people you’re looking to hire? How about free?

LinkedIn is now allowing group members to post job openings at no charge. The jobs are separate from the group discussions and have their own channel. Only other members of the group have access to the jobs, so while that reduces the overall visibility, it makes it possible to highly target job openings.

If LinkedIn announced this feature anywhere, we missed it. Nor could we find anyplace on the site itself explaining how it works. What it looks like, though, is the job posting rules are the same as participating in a discussion. Only members of a group can post a job. And the jobs aren’t included in the main, fee-based job board.

So this looks to us like more of an opportunity for specialty recruiters already participating in groups where they fish. It’s also likely that recruiters may start joining more groups.

We suspect that eventually LinkedIn will open up the group job boards to anyone for a fee. But that’s just a guess.

This article is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to offer specific legal advice. You should consult your legal counsel regarding any threatened or pending litigation.

  1. Thomas Zhou

    John,

    I noticed that change too last night and believe that group job feature will remain free.

    The only reason LinkedIn ofter this feature is because many recruiters posted job to discussion area. This is an effort to clean the discussion section and make it more useful. I can imagine if a fee is posted, recruiters will come back to ‘discussion’ again.

    TZ

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