What Linkedin’s Redesign Tells Us About the Future of Hiring

This week, Linkedin launched the redesign of their website, which includes easier-to-use chat windows and encourages users to start conversations directly with connections at companies. What can the redesign tell us about hiring trends? Candidates and hiring managers are focused on immediate ways to connect instead of going through traditional, lengthy applications. This is both due to an increase of hiring needs, especially in the technology sector and frustration with traditional methods of hiring.

The redesign emphasizes how traditional hiring methods are no longer working for companies. Job seekers are bypassing traditional methods of online applications and connecting immediately with hiring managers. We’re seeing the traditional cover letter, resume and application process disappear, especially for in-demand roles like software developers (the most desired role in the technology sector), where hiring managers have to move fast.

As the analyst, Tim Bajarin said in Time in 2016, “the technology sector is set for explosive growth in 2017 from new wireless technologies to innovations in healthcare,” and this explosive growth also indicates rapidly increasing employee needs. For companies to meet their employee needs, they need to interact with qualified candidates in a more direct way, instead of wasting time shuffling through candidates who are not a fit and spending unnecessary time scheduling interviews.

Linkedin also announced a new newsfeed model that looks similar to Facebook’s and uses a smarter algorithm to recommend the right content and opportunities for users. This is indicative of how job seekers and companies value a smarter, social experience applied to hiring. There’s a shift happening in the hiring process, information is being brought to candidates and hiring managers, instead of the reverse.

Overall, hiring is becoming immediate and on-demand and Linkedin’s redesign is one indicator of how the job market space is evolving. We can continue to expect this in 2017, as companies look to make their hiring process smarter and more efficient.