LinkedIn’s ‘Career Explorer’ is a new tool designed to help job searchers transition into a different field.
The tool distinguishes which professions an individual might be qualified for based on skills associated with their previous job.
Career Explorer gives job searchers with:
The launch of this tool comes when 140 million individuals are expected to be unemployed because of the pandemic.
Individuals are looking for jobs on LinkedIn in record numbers. Almost 40 million every week, the organization says.
But here are some more encouraging statistics:
LinkedIn’s Career Explorer tool helps people find career paths they may be well-suited for.
The tool matches people up with new opportunities by planning existing skills to a huge number of available job titles.
“For example, a food server in the U.S. has a 71% skills similarity to a customer service specialist, one of the in-demand jobs we identified with Microsoft as part of our broader reskilling commitment, making it a possible career transition based on skills.
Our data also shows that 26 million members globally could have all the skills they need to qualify for one of the most in-demand jobs, customer service specialist, by learning just two more skills.”
LinkedIn says looking at abilities across jobs can help users find the right job for them.
Career Explorer works by investigating jobs to figure metric called skills similarity.
Skills comparability allows Career Explorer to see how well one job may compare with another
It compares two jobs and allots a score between 0 to 100.
For instance, the skills similarity score between a food server and a customer assistance specialist is 71.
That shows there is a higher skill overlap, which assists with progressing from one role to the next.
“The similarity score reflects both the overlap of common skills between two jobs as well as the relative importance of those skills for each job.”
LinkedIn also draws from user data to calculate skills similarity scores.
“In order to identify popular job transitions, we look at the profile changes members make to their job history and calculate how often members move from one job to another.”
Career Explore is uncommonly simple to use and doesn’t require users to be signed in.
Visit the landing page here and scroll down until you see the tool.
Then enter the name of your previous job title and the city you live in.
Career Explorer will currently have the option to populate a list of jobs with high skills similarity scores.
This is the thing that Career Explorer returns for a woodworker in New York City, for example.
Career Explorer will only recommend jobs when there are postings available in your city.
You can find a direct link to “Secure Positions on LinkedIn.”
The link will carry you to a list of employment postings in your area that can be quickly applied for.
There’s additionally a “Find Connections on LinkedIn” button which will recognize any connections who have had the job you’re interested in.
LinkedIn notes all data represents aggregated information from the last 5 years.
A beta version of Career Explorer is now available in English, with enhancements to be added in the coming months.
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