LinkedIn Groups Now Has Free Job Postings

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.

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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.

John Zappe is the editor of TLNT.com and a contributing editor of ERE.net. John was a newspaper reporter and editor until his geek gene lead him to launch his first website in 1994. He developed and managed online newspaper employment sites and sold advertising services to recruiters and employers. Before joining ERE Media in 2006, John was a senior consultant and analyst with Advanced Interactive Media and previously was Vice President of Digital Media for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group.

Besides writing for ERE, John consults with staffing firms and employment agencies, providing content and managing their social media programs. He also works with organizations and businesses to assist with audience development and marketing. In his spare time  he can be found hiking in the California mountains or competing in canine agility and obedience competitions.

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9 Comments on “LinkedIn Groups Now Has Free Job Postings

  1. 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

  2. I’m mift! I have several groups that are for company alumni. Recently I posted a job to one of the groups and the company HR is now asking me to talk it down. What do you think?

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