LinkedIn Launches Instruments Geared toward Pandemic Job Seekers

LinkedIn Launches Tools Aimed at Pandemic Job Seekers

The social network provides resources that make it easier to find a job.

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29, 2020

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LinkedIn is introducing new tools to help job seekers find their next post.

The Covid-19 pandemic has left millions of people unemployed and threatened more than a billion in income losses. But with its massive global community of professionals, LinkedIn has the tools and methods to help those derailed from illness.

"We see people coming to LinkedIn in record numbers to look for jobs, nearly 40 million a week," wrote product manager Tomer Cohen in a blog post on Wednesday. "And despite a challenging job market, three people are hired on LinkedIn every minute."

Whether you got laid off during the lockdown or just looking for a change of pace, the social network's new career explorer tool can help find new avenues that you may not have considered before. For example, while you may not have thought of making the leap from food server to customer service specialist, Explorer might.

The Beta Career Explorer is available worldwide in English and shows the skills and connections required to enable an introduction. Further improvements are expected "in the coming months".

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Future-proof your career by brushing up on key LinkedIn skills, including programming, digital marketing, financial forecasting, data analytics, and agile project management. The company also added more skill ratings to help users better showcase their talents.

“We know that some unemployed job seekers are reluctant to share their status with their community and fear that unemployment could affect their search,” Cohen said. "However, our data shows that sharing your status can be the key to finding your next job."

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Shout from the digital rooftops with the #OpenToWork profile photo frame, which has proven to be a boon for job seekers: According to LinkedIn, people with an #OpenToWork frame are 20 percent more likely to receive messages from the business world. Likewise, the #Hiring photo frame makes it easy for everyone to add a job directly to their profile.

"People want to help," wrote Cohen. "In our recent survey, 84 percent of people said they would be willing to help someone in their professional network who has lost their job due to COVID-19 find a new role."