To help users fill their career gaps on their profiles, LinkedIn has introduced a bunch of new job titles on its app. The platform has also made changes to listings of freelance positions.
The new job titles have been especially introduced after receiving feedback from women and mothers who have taken a break from their work and are looking for more ways to address career gaps on their profile due to parenting and other responsibilities.
“To make it easier for moms, and all parents, we’re making some important changes to the Profile. We introduced new job titles, including “stay-at-home mom,” “stay-at-home dad” and “stay-at-home parent” to allow full-time parents and caretakers to more accurately display their roles," explained LinkedIn.
Having these new titles will answer concerns and questions around women’s career gaps. It will also give more credit to the work and responsibilities of parents, hence highlighting it as something positive in recruiter evaluation.
A new field is also being added for employment gap types, such as “parental leave,” “family care” or “sabbatical,” which will help people display their professional journey in an accurate and transparent manner. It will also be helpful for those who worry about being disqualified for consideration due to their resume appearing incomplete. As a result, hiring managers will also get a fuller picture of people’s career experience.
The changes in how the freelance positions are listed is going to help freelancers improve their career path listings. For instance, as explained by LinkedIn, “if you use one of these new stay-at-home job descriptions and set the employment type field to “self-employed,” you will no longer need to specify a company or employer."
While the new additions on LinkedIn seem minor, they do have a significant impact on millions of people, especially women who have concerns about missing out on opportunities amidst their parenting and other responsibilities.