LinkedIn launches a new tool for job seekers

LinkedIn’s Career Explorer is a new tool that makes it easier for job seekers to transition to another area.

The tool determines which careers a person may be qualified for based on the skills associated with their previous job.

Career Explorer offers job seekers:

  • Insights into the right career path.
  • Learning opportunities to gain additional skills they need.
  • A community to connect professionals with new opportunities.

This tool is being rolled out at a time when 140 million people are expected to be unemployed due to the pandemic.

People are searching for jobs in record numbers on LinkedIn. Almost 40 million a week, the company says.


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But here are some more encouraging statistics:

  • 96% of hiring managers say they hire someone laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Every minute, 3 people are hired on LinkedIn.
  • There are currently over 14 million job vacancies available.

Learn how to find new opportunities with Career Explorer.

LinkedIn career explorer

LinkedIn’s Career Explorer tool helps people find career paths that they might be well suited to.

The tool offers people new opportunities by mapping existing skills to thousands of available job titles.

“For example, a food server in the US has a 71% skill similarity to a customer service specialist. This is one of the most sought-after jobs we have identified as part of our broader commitment to retraining at Microsoft, which enables a potential career transition based on skills.

Our data also shows that 26 million members worldwide can have all of the skills they need to qualify for one of the most in-demand jobs, customer service specialists, by just learning two more skills. “


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According to LinkedIn, comparing skills between jobs can help users find the right job for them.

Career Explorer analyzes jobs to calculate a metric that is called Skills similarity.

The similarity of skills enables Career Explorer to understand how well one job compares to another

It compares two jobs and assigns a score between 0 and 100.

For example, the skill similarity rating between a food server and a customer service specialist is 71.

This indicates that there is more skill overlap, which is helpful when transitioning from one role to another.

“The similarity factor reflects both the overlap in common skills between two jobs and the relative importance of those skills to each job.”

LinkedIn also uses user data to calculate skill similarity scores.

“To identify popular job transitions, we examine the profile changes members make to their job history and calculate how often members switch from one job to another.”

How to use Career Explorer

Career Explore is exceptionally easy to use and does not require users to be logged 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 can now fill a list of jobs with high similarity scores for skills.

For example, Career Explorer is returning for a carpenter in New York City.

LinkedIn launches a new tool for job seekers

Career Explorer only recommends jobs if there are vacancies in your city.


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In the example above, you can see how there is a direct link to “Find jobs on LinkedIn”.

The link takes you to a list of vacancies in your area that can be applied for immediately.

There is also a “Find Connections on LinkedIn” button that will help you identify any connections that have had the job you are interested in.

LinkedIn notes that all data represent aggregated information from the last 5 years.

A beta version of Career Explorer is now available in English. Improvements will be added in the coming months.

Sources: LinkedIn Official Blog, International Labor Organization

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