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LinkedIn Adds New Job Titles for Stay-at-Home Parents amid COVID Pandemic

LinkedIn has announced several new features that will allow users to identify as stay-at-home parents or self-employed and explain employment gaps as working professionals navigate an ever-changing work landscape triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last week the professional networking site unveiled its stay-at-home option, which allows users to add the title “stay-at-home mom” or “stay-at-home dad” to their profiles. In the coming weeks, the company will also add “parental leave,” “family care” and “sabbatical” options to the growing list, CBS News reported.

“We’ve heard from our members, particularly women and mothers who have temporarily stopped working, that they need more ways to reflect career gaps on their profile due to parenting and other life responsibilities,” said Bef Ayenew, LinkedIn’s director of engineering, according to The Lily. “We introduced new job titles, including ‘stay-at-home mom,’ ‘stay-at-home dad’ and ‘stay-at-home parent,’ to allow full-time parents and caretakers to more accurately display their roles.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a particularly devastating effect on female employees. Recent statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor show more than 2 million women have left the labor force in the past year, a trend partially fueled by layoffs and lack of childcare options.

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