Open to leaving your job? Now you can tell LinkedIn without your company knowing

Canadians might be happier at their jobs than the average Australian, French, or U.K. worker, but that doesn’t mean we wouldn’t leave them if the right opportunity came along.

In fact, a recent survey by LinkedIn Corp. discovered that 77 per cent of Canadians are open to being approached by a recruiter, despite us being the third-most-satisfied with our work among the eight countries surveyed.

To help these silent seekers find the job of their dreams, LinkedIn has introduced a new feature, Open Candidates, that lets members quietly signal to recruiters that they’re open to new opportunities without it being visible on their LinkedIn profile.

“Imagine if you could signal to recruiters everywhere that you’d like to hear from them, and by doing so increase your chances of having one of those magic moments when a recruiter reaches out with an amazing opportunity,” LinkedIn careers product leader Dan Shapero wrote in an Oct. 6 blog post announcing the service. “Now you can.”

Users can access the new feature by visiting the “Preferences” tab on their LinkedIn Jobs home page, turning sharing “On,” and filling in some brief information about the types of roles they are interested in.

LinkedIn will then do its best to hide the Open Candidates signal from recruiters affiliated with your employer, though the company notes that it can’t guarantee it will be able to do so.

Open Candidates is currently available in the U.S, U.K., Canada, and Australia for now, and will be rolling out globally soon, the company said.

In case you’re wondering, LinkedIn’s research found that the average Canadian professional intends to stay with their employer for 6.7 years, a period on par with the global mean. The most loyal demographic turned out to be workers between the ages of 45 and 54, with a mean intended tenure of 7.7 years, while millennials between the ages of 25 to 34 were the least loyal, with a mean goal of 5.9 years.

The company also found that 59 per cent of Canadians believed money was a a key factor in workplace fulfilment, compared with the global average of 48 per cent, though it was closely followed by relationships with colleagues (52 per cent) and doing work that has a positive impact on others (46 per cent).

Canadians were also more likely to believe they experience personal and professional growth at work compared to their global counterparts (43.3 per cent versus 34 per cent), with 70.8 per cent of Canadian respondents saying their job had met their expectations.

Even the country with highest rate of job satisfaction was below the expectations of employers, however: 62.9 per cent of HR professionals believed their employees were very or completely fulfilled, versus – well, see for yourself.

LinkedIn survey results
Job satisfaction by country, according to the LinkedIn survey.

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Jim Love, Chief Content Officer, IT World Canada

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Eric Emin Wood
Eric Emin Wood
Former editor of ITBusiness.ca turned consultant with public relations firm Porter Novelli. When not writing for the tech industry enjoys photography, movies, travelling, the Oxford comma, and will talk your ear off about animation if you give him an opening.

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