With the freelancing on the rise to help the businesses looking for independent professionals work in a typical 9–5 profession, last October, LinkedIn began piloting a brand new platform called 'LinkedIn ProFinder.'
For those new, "ProFinder is a LinkedIn marketplace that connects consumers and small businesses looking for professional services with top quality freelance professionals best suited for the job."
Whether you're looking for someone to design your custom wedding invitations, file your personal taxes, or write copy for your small business website, finding a right person for these services is like finding a needle in a haystack. This is where ProFinder comes in—making it easier to hire the right white-collar freelancer for the job, the company noted.
Since last year, more thatn 50,000 freelancers have signed up across over 140 service areas, according to LinkedIn.
Recently on August 24, the professional network company has opened its ProFinder service to everyone in the U.S.
Here're some more details about LinkedIn ProFinder that companies and freelancers must know about:
LinkedIn ProFinder For Brands & Businesses. Organizations looking for these kind of workforce, can simply head over to ProFinder, and select from one of the 14 main categories. Then, proceed to describe what you need, and submit your request.
LinkedIn says you'll get up to five detailed proposals [preferably from those in your network or extended network] based on your specifications. "Each of whom have been hand-picked based on their expertise and high quality recommendations," the company noted.
You can then review their profiles [of potential hires, their experience, skills, samples of their work and recommendations from their past clients] and can choose to hire whichever option looks the best to you.
LinkedIn ProFinder For Freelancers. Freelancers, need to visit ProFinder Pros, they would then select the freelance service they provide from available 14 categories. Next, select your work skills within the services you provide. Add your contact phone number and submit application.
Next, whenever LinkedIn finds a request that matches your skills, you'll receive an email, once you like the request, you just send a short proposal, explained LinkedIn.
Ready to get started!? Head over to LinkedIn ProFinder to submit your project request here.
Recently LinkedIn also launched a new 'content search' feature on its mobile app for English speaking members. The feature help members search for any topic and find relevant articles published on LinkedIn, or shared by other members in their feed.
Additionally, a new 'Posts tab' is added on the search results page, alongwith an experimental new "Top" tab, that "organizes and surfaces the best search results from the most relevant verticals" like (People, Jobs, etc.).
Here's what's new today?
Using 'Search your feed' now can get back to the forgotten topic—by just entering keywords in the search box and find the relevant topic under new Posts tab on the search results. While you're at it, you can join the conversation.
Content search also helps you explore topics you care about and keep up with those you're interested in—just refine your search to dive deeper into the topic and learn more.
Hashtags included in posts are now 'tappable' and lead to search results so that you can discover other posts with the same hashtag. In addition, you can also search for a hashtag to see all public posts tagged with it.
If you are new, you can simply add a hashtag to your post and it will be available publicly, or you can make it visible to your connections under sharing settings.
As of now, content search is available on LinedIn app for iOS and Android.
In the coming weeks, and (or months), the feature will roll out more broadly to all members on all platforms.
Earlier this month, videos from LinkedIn influencers were made available in to the LinkedIn Feed—making your feed more dynamic.
These 30-second videos on trending professional topics are shared by the 500 Influencers on LinkedIn.
With videos like these, you'll get an intimate look at where they work and hear their honest thoughts on topics central to the professional world, such as these videos from Reid Hoffman, Leila Janah, and Tomasz Tunguz on how artificial intelligence will change the workplace.
LinkedIn notes, when an Influencer you follow posts a video, "that video will appear directly in your feed. Then you can see other Influencers reply, write a comment, respond to comments.".
While creating video content is currently only available to Influencers, anyone can follow an Influencer either from their profile, the feed, or their video, the company said.