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LinkedIn makes job ad postings free amid Covid-19

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LinkedIn has made job postings free for organisations in certain sectors. (Source: Getty)

LinkedIn has made job postings free for organisations on the frontlines of the coronavirus crisis for the next three months as they scramble to find new workers.

The professional network platform has announced that companies in the sectors of healthcare (including medical device, medical practice and mental health companies), warehousing, supermarket, freight delivery and disaster relief non-profits will not need to pay for job listings between 1 April to 30 June.

LinkedIn Australia and New Zealand country manager Matt Tindale said more support was needed to help fill critical roles that the nation needed during the virus crisis.

“These job vacancies are largely in industries such as healthcare, supermarkets and logistics. That is why we are bolstering our existing efforts to help accelerate the hiring of people with critical skills that are most needed right now,” he said.

“We’re committed to doing our part and also grateful for the huge support from our employees who are volunteering their time to help recruit for urgent roles and make a difference.”

LinkedIn gives a leg up to the healthcare, non-profit sector

The platform is also allowing healthcare staffing and recruiting firms free access for three months to their ‘Talent Insights’ resource which gives businesses real-time data, trends and insights into the talent market of their sector, and help these firms hire the right person.

At the same time, medical and healthcare professionals will be promoted on LinkedIn’s Jobs homepage, where frontline healthcare workers like doctors and nurses will be automatically added to a list of jobs.

They will also get a prominent banner to help them stand out to potential employers, and those who have the right skills for certain roles will get real-time alerts and emails so they can apply quickly.

In an expansion of their ‘Recruiting for Good’ program, LinkedIn is also deploying their own recruitment experts to help not-for-profit organisations find and screen talent on the frontlines so these organisations can more quickly fill paid and volunteer roles.

“As the world’s largest online professional network, we believe we can help by connecting essential businesses that need to quickly find new talent with people who have the right skills,” said LinkedIn’s head of social impact Meg Garlinghouse in a post.

“This could be connecting a retired nurse with the skills to help treat patients or someone looking to support their neighbors who need a helping hand with the organizations that most need them.”

You can apply for the Recruiting for Good program by filling out the form here.

LinkedIn has also launched a microsite called ‘Navigating Coronavirus’ that offers helpful resources for businesses as well as employees seeking jobs.

Yahoo Finance has reached out to Seek, Indeed and Robert Half for comment.

LinkedIn is one of many businesses that are lending Australians and other organisations a helping hand during Covid-19.

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