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LinkedIn Launches Tools Aimed at Pandemic Job Seekers

by Career Management, LinkedIn News

LinkedIn’s announced a new Career Explorer tool that can uncover careers you could transition into and might not have considered by mapping the skills you have to thousands of job titles. LinkedIn advises that explorer will highlight additional skills you may need and LinkedIn Learning courses to help you get them.

As part of the new Career Explorer tool, LinkedIn will also highlight connections who already have this job or can make an introduction.

Beware – some LinkedIn Learning options are paid, so check the free LinkedIn Learning resources before putting your hand in your pocket, at a time when every dollar counts.

LinkedIn started rolling out the beta version of Career Explorer tool globally in English on 28th October and will provide additional localisations and enhancements in the coming months. What I like about this tool is that you can type in the sort of role you’re looking at and then LinkedIn will suggest this and related roles and estimate your ‘match’. I imagine the accuracy of this tool will depend on how well ‘optimised’ your profile is and whether you’ve included and been endorsed for the key skills required for the roles you’re investigating.

I was pleased to see Melbourne, Australia, was available for me to select, but would prefer the default sort for similarity to be high to low, versus low to high. When I searched ‘Digital Marketing Manager’, here’s what LinkedIn showed me, before I changed the default similarity score from (low to high) to (high to low).

linkedin career explorer tool 

To learn more about what career you could transition into, get started here.

Letting Your Community Know You are Open to Work

Some unemployed job seekers are hesitant to share their status with their community, worrying that being out of work could hurt their search. LinkedIn believes that sharing your status may be the key to finding your next job. I suggest you tread carefully and trust your instincts based on what you know is relevant for your industry. To find out more about how to activate the #OpenToWork feature, please read this article on Think Bespoke’s blog.

LinkedIn provides the #OpenToWork profile photo frame.

Those with an Open to Work photo frame receive on average 40% more InMails from recruiters and are 20% more likely to receive messages from the broader LinkedIn community. LinkedIn

How to Improve Your Virtual Interview Skills

LinkedIn reports that “70% of talent professionals globally say virtual interviews are here to stay. The good news is that LinkedIn provides interview prep tools to practice answers to the most commonly asked questions and improve your interview skills.

Again, beware – some LinkedIn Learning options are paid, so check the free LinkedIn Learning resources before putting your hand in your pocket, at a time when every dollar counts.

Your Personal Invitation to join my Career Grow Facebook Group

Are you in active job search or thinking about your next career move? For access to free job search and LinkedIn resources, I invite you to join our Career Grow Facebook group, an online community moderated by Marina Pitisano and I to provide a forum to help you reflect, learn and succeed in your career.

Request to join Career Grow

We’ve mentored, coached and trained hundreds of professionals in Melbourne and across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore and are offering our help to job seekers.

Enjoy a comfortable and safe place to access useful resources, learn, reflect, ask questions, seek professional development guidance and understand how to achieve greater job satisfaction and make your next career move.

Please note: This group is open to individuals in active job search in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore and you’re required to answer two screening questions before your request is approved.

Karen Hollenbach

Karen Hollenbach

As one of Asia Pacific’s Top 10 LinkedIn Experts I share fortnightly news with my global email community and run monthly online Lunch and Learns to teach professionals how to unlock LinkedIn. Sign up to my newsletter to help you learn LinkedIn – the right way!

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