LinkedIn is releasing Career Explorer, a new tool to help users find new jobs using the skills they possess. The tool analyzes which careers a person may be qualified for on the basis of the skills related to their previous job.

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Career Explorer Features:

  • Insights to determine the right career path.
  • Opportunities to learn any new additional skills they need.
  • Community to connect professionals to new opportunities.

The introduction of this tool comes at a time when millions of people are without jobs due to the pandemic and people are searching for jobs on LinkedIn in numbers.

LinkedIn Career Explorer

This new tool will help people find the career paths they might be well suited for. The tool matches people with new options by mapping existing skills to numerous 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.”

Career Explorer works by analyzing jobs to ascertain a metric called skills similarity. The skills similarity lets Career Explorer know how well one job might compare to the other. Basically, it compares two jobs and sets a score between 0 to 100. For instance, the skills similarity score between a customer service specialist and a food server is 71. This shows that there is a big skill overlap, which helps in transforming from one role to another.

Explanation By LinkedIn

“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.”

“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.”

How To Use The Career Explorer Tool

Career Explorer is really easy to use the tool and it does not need users to be logged in. Visit the page here and move down until you see the tool, then enter the name of your previous job title and the city you live in. Career Explorer then will be able to populate a list of jobs with high skills similarity scores. For example, this is what career explorer gives out for a carpenter in New York City.

Career Explorer returns for a carpenter
Image Source: Search Engine Journal

The tool only recommends jobs when there are postings available in your city. As you can see in the above example how there is a link to “Find Jobs on LinkedIn.” The link will then get you a list of job postings in your area that can be applied immediately. There’s also a “Find Connections on LinkedIn” button which will identify any connections who have had the job you’re interested in. LinkedIn notes that all the data shows aggregated information from the last 5 years. Career Explorer beta version is now available in English, with improvements to be added in the coming months.

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