LinkedIn Announce ‘Your Commute’ Feature for Jobseekers

Of all the major social networking platforms on offer today, LinkedIn arguably best understands its place and primary appeal. They have survived so long in a market overcrowded with big-money ventures by sticking to what they do best; namely professional networking and recruitment.

In recent months the company have released a flurry of new features designed to refine the recruitment process within the platform, with notable examples including the introduction of Resume Assistant and the launch of the new ‘How You Match’ feature, the latter of which was released as recently as last month. Better yet for all the jobseekers out there the company show no signs of slowing down in this regard, announcing yet another brand new feature just last week.

The new feature in question is called ‘Your Commute’, and its function is fairly self-explanatory. Basically when viewing a job on LinkedIn, users will now be presented with “See Your Commute” module which displays a potential commute time from your listed address to the workplace. The new feature functions much like Google Maps, allowing users to view travel times whether they choose to walk, drive, or use public transportation.

Alongside the new module LinkedIn have also given users the ability to set their commute preferences with the Career Interests dashboard, helping to ensure that any job recommendations you receive are both relevant and fit with your lifestyle.

According to LinkedIn, 85% of US professionals say they would take a pay cut in return for a shorter commute, so it is clearly a factor that matters when searching for a job. With that in mind, I expect this new feature to see a fair bit of use.

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