This Year LinkedIn Should Add A "Remote Only" Checkbox

This Year LinkedIn Should Add A "Remote Only" Checkbox
Post Author: Aaron Decker | I took this photo at an awesome AirBnB up on Lake Superior
Date published: January 29, 2020

I posted last week going over the January 2020 developer survey I did about why developers do and do not respond to recruiters.

I'm still going through all of the text responses and trying to write up insights from these, and there is a ton of good stuff in here, but one thing that really jumped out is that developers are trying to tell recruiters "remote only please" and have no way to do it.

Some quotes from the survey

These are all in a response to a text prompt where I asked "what are some other reasons you don't respond to recruiter messages".

When they contact me over LinkedIn, where I have a specific paragraph saying I'm only eventually available for remote work and they still contact when the job requires relocation

Position is not remote or they explicitly stated no remote opportunity

Almost no remote options despite me stating it's a requirement

Offers for boring projects / not those I would find interesting / things not in my skill set but most importantly, I can’t work remotely.

I also want to work remote

Personally speaking, I also am basically just interested in remote contracts and I have to have this same conversation asking if the position is remote or not over and over. Unless it is an amazing very senior level role right in town, of course I want to work remote!

Why doesn't LinkedIn have a checkbox on where you can say "Remote Only"?

It's 2020 and the remote working tools are better than ever. People are more productive working from home in their own space.

The trends are pretty clear, people like remote work and it has a lot of benefits for employers and employees

You can't say "remote only" on LinkedIn

Here is what it looks like when you specify preferences on LinkedIn:

linkedin prefs

Okay, so I can check a box that says "Remote", but I still have to pick a location? You can specify searching for remote jobs as a job seeker, but why can't you signal to recruiters "Remote Only"?

Coming soon...

I'll have some more posts about survey responses coming soon as I continue to comb through all of the text based responses.

By the way, here are links to all of the previous surveys:

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Written By Aaron Decker

I'm currently a co-founder and head of engineering at a venture backed startup called Bounty. I tend to think of myself as a backend engineer that can work up and down the stack in Typescript. Previously, I have worked as a Tech Lead and hired teams, and as a Senior Software Engineer at multiple fortune 500 companies building large products. I also did a brief stint teaching programming courses as an Adjunct Instructor at a local community college, which taught me a lot about breaking down complex things into understandable chunks.