Moving into location-based services, LinkedIn is rolling out a function that allows job seekers to scope out the commute time to potential employers. The feature, which is dubbed “Your Commute,” could help them decide if they want to work for a particular company, TechCrunch reported.
“When members save their location preferences in Career Interests, we’re able to provide more relevant job recommendations that fit exactly what they’re looking for in their next role,” LinkedIn Senior Product Manager Dan Li told TechCrunch. “We’re thinking through additional ways members can use location information to improve their job searches in the near future.”
Currently, the feature is available to users on mobile throughout the world, but Li said the functionality will come to the desktop version of LinkedIn in the future.
The news comes about two years after Microsoft announced that it had entered into an agreement to acquire LinkedIn for $26.2 billion, which breaks down to $196 a share. Under the terms of the agreement reported at the time, LinkedIn would remain its own brand. Jeff Weiner would remain its CEO, reporting to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Both Weiner and Reid Hoffman, chairman of the board, co-founder and controlling shareholder of LinkedIn, supported the decision.
In its release about the acquisition, LinkedIn included some updates about its business growth, which included 19 percent growth year over year to more than 433 million members worldwide, and 9 percent growth YOY to more than 105 million unique visiting members per month.
“Just as we have changed the way the world connects to opportunity, this relationship with Microsoft, and the combination of their cloud and LinkedIn’s network, now gives us a chance to also change the way the world works,” Weiner said at the time. “For the last 13 years, we’ve been uniquely positioned to connect professionals to make them more productive and successful, and I’m looking forward to leading our team through the next chapter of our story.”