LinkedIn has started a trial with select users that highlights verified information in job posts, with the aim of giving users a degree of security if they choose to apply or otherwise engage with the poster.
The feature displays verified information about an individual job poster or their company, and is grounded in verification tools that LinkedIn announced in April.
“When users see verifications on job posts, it means the information has been verified as authentic by the job poster, LinkedIn or one of our partners,” according to a company blog post. The verified information will show whether the poster is affiliated with an official company page, has verified their work email or workplace, or their government ID was verified by CLEAR, a LinkedIn affiliate that provides airport security clearance.
“We’re showing these verifications to help you feel confident in your search and give recruiters the opportunity to build trust with potential candidates,” the blog post reads.
The feature responds to the perennial problem of fake job posts, which proliferate across recruitment sites, including on LinkedIn, as the company has disclosed. In its most recent Community Report, covering LinkedIn activity during the second half of 2022, the company noted it had proactively removed 90.95 million examples of “scams and spam” and an additional 295,000 examples after receiving user complaints.
At this stage, the verification tools are available to only a few select users, so job posts that don’t contain verifications aren’t necessarily suspicious. It could mean the user doesn’t have access to the tools or they simply haven’t bothered with them.
“If you see a job posting without verifications, it does not mean that the information is incorrect or fraudulent,” a LinkedIn explainer reads. “However, it is always a good idea to do additional research about the company and position before applying for a job or engaging with a company.”