Apr 10, 2013 12:44 PM EDT

LinkedIn Recruiter Revamps Homepage

LinkedIn, the professional network service recently rolled out a new, expanded version of its search features which allows for easier filtering on specific companies, jobs, people, and even content.

LinkedIn's new premium product, LinkedIn Recruiter, launched a new look for the homepage on Wednesday.

The Recruiter platform lets HR folks conduct highly filtered people searches over the entire LinkedIn network; it gives their InMail accounts professional-grade features. And it gives recruiters project management tools - folders, to-do lists, etc.

The idea is to increase the amount of time spent on the page and usage of it, both to get more people signed up to use it, and to make sure that those who are already paying for the premium features continue to do so.

The redesign is also another mark of how LinkedIn is trying to take features and products that have become hallmarks of consumer-focused social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, and bring them into LinkedIn's more enterprise-focused platform - its own twist on the consumerization of IT.

"Most recruiting products are outdated and designed for CIOs, not recruiters," LinkedIn Talent Solutions' Head of Product Parker Barrile noted in a recruitment presentation at LinkedIn's HQ on Wednesday, according to TechCrunch. "Fortunately, the consumerization of the enterprise has begun to infiltrate the recruiting industry and is influencing a new generation of products. Consumerization means putting the user's priorities first."

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