The pandemic has changed the employment landscape as companies adapt to constant change. Even with an evolving job market, there are millions of available jobs, and three people are hired every minute on LinkedIn. To help navigate the job market, LinkedIn is offering Veterans some helpful tips in their employment search.

Supporting your career search with LinkedIn Premium

Veterans often face a unique transition once they leave the military and begin looking for a new job – likely in a new location, and often in a new industry.  To help make this a little easier, LinkedIn offers a free one-year Premium Career subscription to every eligible Veteran. The subscription includes access to 16,000+ LinkedIn Learning courses where users can stand out by adding Certificates of Completion to their LinkedIn profile; InMails to reach out to hiring managers and recruiters to grow one’s network; and exclusive insights on open roles that might be a career match. Additionally, LinkedIn offers this same benefit to Fry Scholar recipients and family caregivers participating in VA’s Program of Comprehensive Assistance.

Understanding the Veteran Employment Journey with Self-ID

Earlier this year, LinkedIn expanded its optional Self-ID feature on each user’s LinkedIn profile to include not only Veterans, but also military spouses and caregivers. Data from Self-ID can provide a more holistic view of how identity impacts economic opportunity. For example, LinkedIn has used important data to publish the Veteran Opportunity Report and the Woman Veteran Opportunity Report, which highlight key challenges Veterans face in their post-service journey, and provides recommendations to partners and supporters. The information in these reports can also help Veterans during their transition.

Check out opportunities in demand

The world of work is changing. Opportunities are becoming more accessible than ever as more companies embrace skills-based hiring and remote work options. In fact, remote work jobs have increased 4.5 times in the U.S. since the beginning of the pandemic.

This year, LinkedIn published the Jobs on the Rise Report to spotlight the fastest-growing jobs and the skills required to land one. Many of the jobs on the list don’t require a four-year degree, and they span a range of functions and industries – health care, technology, marketing and sales, and more. These roles and other trends mean there are more opportunities available when transitioning from the military and finding flexible work options.

Explore jobs based on your current skills

Building a career isn’t always clear or linear. A transitioning Veteran who wants to make a career pivot may not be sure what jobs they qualify for based on experience. With Career Explorer, users can look at where their skills might transfer to help find and match with the right next job. This can help job seekers broaden their search and identify potential growth areas. Veterans often have diverse skills, yet mapping them to jobs isn’t always easy. Career Explorer can help.

Preparing for the virtual job interview

In addition to seeing an increase in remote jobs, there has also been a 60% increase in virtual job searches. To help job seekers land opportunities in this new virtual world, LinkedIn introduced several features to support Veterans, spouses and caregivers in their search, including:

  • Added a “remote jobs” filter to help support job seekers looking for remote work in perpetuity.
  • With more interviews taking place virtually, LinkedIn created an Interview Prep Assessment to help job candidates practice interview skills, get AI-powered feedback, or request feedback from their network.
  • Added skills assessments to give job seekers the ability to showcase skills proficiency on their LinkedIn profile and to help match them to relevant jobs.

Leverage individual networks with #OpenToWork

LinkedIn’s #OpenToWork feature gives members the option to share their career preferences and indicate they are open to new opportunities, either privately to recruiters or to the broader LinkedIn community through a simple LinkedIn profile photo frame. Since launching the #OpenToWork photo frame last year, we have seen that members using it are, on average, 40% more likely to receive InMails from recruiters, and 20% more likely to receive messages from the LinkedIn community.

LinkedIn currently has nearly 3 million Veterans on its platform. LinkedIn can help Veterans connect with hiring managers, other Veterans, future colleagues, jobs, learning opportunities, and many other resources to take the next step in the professional journey. To learn more about LinkedIn’s support to Veterans and the military community, visit: www.linkedin.com/military.

The sharing of any non-VA information does not constitute an endorsement of products or services on the part of VA.

By VAntage Point Contributor

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Published on Dec. 13, 2021

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27 Comments

  1. Chuck December 17, 2021 at 2:54 pm

    I just exercised my offer to go to Premium as a Veteran. It was quick, painless and LinkedIn did NOT ask for a payment or a card on file. I read the fine print and there is nothing about being charged after the year with automatic renewal. Thank you LinkedIn for recognizing our military service.

  2. Fern December 17, 2021 at 9:33 am

    LinkedIn CEO is Jeff Weiner, so if by Chinese Communist Party control you actually mean control by some other ethnic group then you’re right on.
    It is the seemingly ‘Free’ business model- If you can’t easily identify the product or service by which they get revenue then that source is actually – You.
    The site collects the most sensitive personal/historical/quasi financial information, more so than social media, even ‘offers’ various tests to record skills/ability/aptitude, and the amount of time you’re willing to spend on such a rather dubious endeavor.

    It is remarkable who is wary in the comments and who urges you to disregard caution and use the service to further their own endeavor- Seems things never change.

  3. Thomas William Cornfield December 16, 2021 at 5:58 pm

    free one year then what veterans don’t change after a year lol

  4. Charles R. Williamson Jr. December 16, 2021 at 4:46 pm

    I used the FREE link at least three to four years ago and had a problem activating it. I called customer service and overheard, the CSR saying to a coworker, it would seem, “Veterans are freeloaders on society because they “expect” free stuff”. I immediately said, “You are welcome” in the nicest tone I could, and hung up.

    LinkedIn should be put on the black list of services.

  5. David December 16, 2021 at 3:04 pm

    One year, then comes the billing. Be careful.

    • Mark Billa December 16, 2021 at 4:57 pm

      Seriously? You can’t figure out how to unenroll before the year is up? And you’re complaining about getting a free year? What else bothers you?

      • Mike December 17, 2021 at 11:21 am

        Not everyone sits on a computer all day and can remember to cancel. Should be the other way around, canceled unless re-subscribe.

    • Tired of corporate greed December 22, 2021 at 8:59 pm

      Nothing in life is free. Somebody pays in one way or another. LinkedIn drain your bank account to the tune of $65.00 per month after the “free year”.

      Mark, not everyone sits on their thumb in front of a computer as you so clearly do.

    • Franklin Wise December 22, 2021 at 9:19 pm

      Be prepared for the $65.00 per month. If you cancel online, they will offer $30.00 per month. The classic corporate charging what they think the customer will bear.

      Make no mistake, LinkedIn Learning which comes with your free year has proven to be an excellent learning path resource for me and suggest you look into it while it’s free.

  6. Theodore Sell December 16, 2021 at 12:51 pm

    How? What do we do?

  7. Daniel D December 16, 2021 at 12:48 pm

    LinkerIn premium is a worthless price of garbage. Dont expect much because you find it. For the most part LinkedIn in general has done nothing for me. I hold a post graduate degree and I guess I have nothing to offer when I apply to their job postings. I’ve had better luck on Indeed.

    • Charles R. Williamson Jr. December 16, 2021 at 4:48 pm

      Roger that Daniel.

  8. Mike Bland December 16, 2021 at 12:20 pm

    There is No Such Thing as a safe place for Personal Information anymore. You just have to decide what information you are willing to allow strangers to view about yourself. Snail mail use to provide some security. Maybe we need to get back to some older forms of communication to put a stop to invasive HACKERS.

  9. Glenn Carl Kundsen December 16, 2021 at 12:15 pm

    I have been a member of Linked in since 2006. I use my full name including my certification. I get emails using all of it in my name. I never use all that anyplace except on Linkedin. So Linkedin lets Trollers use the service to increase their mailing list. I use the free version.

  10. Tom Hayhurst December 16, 2021 at 11:24 am

    I am very pleased to see LinkedIN offer such support for veterans. Thanks,
    Tom Hayhurst

  11. William December 16, 2021 at 11:20 am

    I am a Disabled Veteran whose wife has just completed her education and has earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Administration. She is seeking a career position in the field(s) of Education, Management, Administration and Social Service.
    Are their any employment programs or opportunities for spouses of Veterans?

    • Yolanda Gordon December 16, 2021 at 5:24 pm

      Sign up to their VetResources newsletter, it has info pertaining to spouses. For instance, looks like spouses can join the RallyPoint career website. The link is at the top of the page under Resources.

      https://news.va.gov/vetresources/

    • Art Asher December 16, 2021 at 7:00 pm

      If your wife is considered your “caregiver” she should be eligible as in the second paragraph it says “Additionally, LinkedIn offers this same benefit to Fry Scholar recipients and family caregivers participating in VA’s Program of Comprehensive Assistance”
      Continue to the next page:
      https://news.va.gov/61535/veterans-transitioning-military-get-free-year-linkedin-premium/

    • Stacy December 17, 2021 at 2:51 pm

      She would be a priority hire at the Dept. of Veterans Affairs. FYI

  12. Jim King December 16, 2021 at 11:12 am

    LinkedIn is owned by Microsoft. I don’t get the connection with the CCP.

  13. Robert Porter Lynch December 16, 2021 at 10:52 am

    The comment that LinkedIn is owned by the Chinese Communist Party is an utter falsehood.
    LinkedIn was founded in 2003 in Silicon Valley, and acquired by Microsoft in 2016.

    I use LinkedIn extensively to spread the word about Collaborative Leadership Excellence

    Robert Porter Lynch, LT USN (R)
    http://www.linkedin.com/in/robert-porter-lynch-8310152/

  14. Harold Shiroma December 16, 2021 at 10:10 am

    This is not a very good suggestion to have us US Military Veterans use LinkedIn for ANY personal internet connection as LinkedIn is a CCP shell company, and more, the internet is rife with trollers. Please do us Veterans a responsible service.
    Thank you.
    HS

    • Chuck St John December 16, 2021 at 10:51 am

      LinkedIn is a respected venue for those desiring to network with those that can refer or supply work in a professional setting. Yes the Internet is rife with trolls but that isn’t a LinkedIn invention. If you have something other than this kind of shotgun accusation…let’s hear it

    • Doug December 16, 2021 at 11:01 am

      Linkedin is owned by Microsoft. The internet is indeed rife with trollers…

    • James E. Therrault December 16, 2021 at 11:09 am

      Well, since LinkedIn is a wholly owned subsidiary of Microsoft, that alone increases the evil factor.

      I’m a member of the free version but also am long retired so I’m not a career minded person. I agree with you assessment regarding risk of national security..

    • Mike Tierney December 16, 2021 at 2:05 pm

      And trump is really president, right? Can you be any more gullible?

      • Dustin December 17, 2021 at 7:55 am

        The number of times I’ve received mounds of junk mail sent with the credentials I only list on LinkedIn is enough to tell me they have either horrible practices to safeguard information from trolls, or they are selling it directly to them. Knowing they are owned by Microsoft just leads me to believe that both options are realistic.

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