According to BusinessInsider, a moment from Silicon Valley provided the inspiration for LinkedIn to begin working on the feature. In it, Gilfoyle updates his employment status, only for his phone to blow up with calls less than a minute later. If you haven't already, you'll receive an email from the site asking you to update your own recruitment status. You'll then be asked to fill in suggested job titles, a start date and some key facts for headhunters to learn.
Even better is that LinkedIn won't share this information with recruiters from your own company, or firms that have a known affiliation. As TechCrunch reports, LinkedIn's key revenue stream is from people looking for work and folks looking to fill jobs. But it needs to guard that money, since it's facing attacks from companies like Monster and Glassdoor, which are all looking to steal a chunk of that pie. By making it easier for people to find work (and not alert their bosses) should help to keep those rivals at bay.