The Debate Over “Open to Work”

Nov 15,
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The debate over Open To Work is a new feature available on LinkedIn which allows users to share that they are open to job opportunities with recruiters and hiring professionals. Proponents of Open To Work argue that it is a great tool for job seekers to proactively build connections to recruiters and get noticed for the right job opportunities, making it easier for employers to find the best person for a job. Some opponents claim that Open To Work equips employers with full access to private information like current salary without the need for a job application or even a conversation with the job seeker. Critics are also concerned that employers may engage in wage discrimination against individuals without Open To Work enabled. All sides agree that this is a feature that must be approached with caution, in order to prevent unwanted contacts and potential invasion of privacy.