LinkedIn rolls out new tools to help job seekers amid coronavirus pandemic

LinkedIn has greater than 706 million customers in additional than 200 nations.

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LinkedIn is releasing new instruments geared toward making it simpler for the unemployed to discover a job amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The business-oriented social community, which is owned by Microsoft, stated it is testing a brand new device referred to as profession explorer that exhibits job seekers how their abilities relate to 1000’s of job titles and what abilities they nonetheless have to construct. Customers can be directed to on-line studying programs to be taught new abilities. 

Among the quickest rising abilities on LinkedIn together with programming, digital advertising, finance and information evaluation. Firms are additionally on the lookout for staff with communication, enterprise administration and problem-solving abilities.

“On this surroundings, continued studying and funding in new abilities is admittedly essential for job seekers as a way to get them again on their toes,” Karin Kimbrough, a chief economist at LinkedIn, stated throughout a press convention.


LinkedIn will present customers widespread questions to arrange for his or her job interviews.


LinkedIn can even assist job seekers put together for an interview by exhibiting widespread questions requested in product administration, advertising and gross sales jobs. LinkedIn stated that utilizing #OpenToWork and its related photograph body are serving to to interrupt down stigmas round unemployment.

Kimbrough stated that corporations are nonetheless hiring, however there is not “a large upward surge.” 

“We’re seeing some enhancements, nevertheless it’s not going that rapidly, and in lots of nations that have not contained COVID, hiring is prone to hit a ceiling till a vaccine is broadly obtainable and distributed,” she stated.

Microsoft estimates that 250 million jobs might be misplaced this yr worldwide. The COVID-19 pandemic has left greater than 140 million out of labor and one other 1.6 billion in danger, LinkedIn stated, citing information from the Worldwide Labor Group.

Extra persons are nonetheless turning to LinkedIn to discover a job. Previously quarter, greater than 15 million individuals have joined LinkedIn, and three members are employed each minute, based on LinkedIn. 

LinkedIn tasks that there can be 150 million new expertise jobs created within the subsequent yr. A few of jobs in prime demand embrace software program engineer, gross sales consultant, venture supervisor and IT administrator. 

The coronavirus pandemic can be altering the way in which individuals work, as workers keep at residence to do their jobs. Blake Barnes, LinkedIn’s vice chairman of product, stated the corporate thinks distant working is right here to remain. Job seekers are capable of faucet into new alternatives, and firms have entry to extra expertise.

“That is one thing that we predict goes to be type of a part of the material of the workforce transferring ahead,” he stated.

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Queenie Wong