LinkedIn Will Fold Job Search Into Core App

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LinkedIn will retire its standalone Job Search app in May, CNet reported and the company confirmed. Most of Job Search features will be free but some will remain as premium, paid tools.

LinkedIn told us the move was driven by their belief job seekers will get more value from the core app. Besides Job Search features, the main app offers information on areas such as commute times, skills alignment and referrals. LinkedIn users, the company said, prefer having all of these features in one place.

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“We’ve built a robust job-seeking experience within the main LinkedIn app that we’re excited for our members to take advantage of,” LinkedIn said in a statement. “They’ll have access to the same features as they did in the Job Search app, as well as access to more insights and features that can help them better navigate their careers, and the ability to reach out to the 610M+ professionals on LinkedIn for help on their journey.”

LinkedIn launched the Job Search app in mid-2014. At the time, the company called it “a one-stop shop for your job seeking needs.” The business network added that more than 40 percent of its users were using mobile to search it for jobs and the app would help them avoid “awkward conversations with your current boss,” presumably if said boss walked by to discover their staff searching for new opportunities.

We doubt discretion is at the heart of LinkedIn’s latest move. For one thing, we’ve noticed a number of services moving toward consolidating apps for convenience’s sake. Facebook, for example, is reportedly looking into refolding Messenger into its core app.

Even if Job Search is going away, LinkedIn still offers a number of focused apps for mobile users. These include LinkedIn Recruiter, LinkedIn Sales Navigator and LinkedIn Learning.

In February, LinkedIn announced plans to move LinkedIn Recruiter, LinkedIn Jobs and Pipeline Builder to a single platform to create what it called “the new intelligent hiring experience.” The idea was to simplify the recruiter’s toolkit by providing access to the products through a single, revamped interface.

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