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.