LinkedIn rolls out Career Advice service to connect you with a mentor

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Though, still not available globally, LinkedIn’s new service

  • Career Advice, is rolling out to people in the US, UK, India and Australia. Other anxious LinkedIn members in other parts of the world won’t have to wait for long though, the company said a global roll out is on the card. The professional network group first rolled out the feature back in August, but restricted its use to people in San Francisco and Australia.

    LinkedIn handpicked a list of potential mentors, while users that indicate their interest in the service will be able to view the list and select the professional that best suit their career.

    Mentors on the other hand, will be free to select options about the type of people they would be willing to offer professionally sound advice to. Such people will, however, be those in their professional group or network as well as those who attended the same school, and those within and outside their local environment.

    A network of more than 530 million users is surely a huge one—and the platform now offers a wonderful opportunity for people to get proper direction in terms of career. What this simply means is that there is someone out there on the platform to guide you through the woods, and help you chart the right career part. It even works in both ways—you can get mentored if that’s what you want, and you can also offer mentorship advice to people who need it.

    Getting started:

    To get started, simply go to your dashboard on your LinkedIn Profile and find the Career Advice hub. When you find it, enter your preference for the type of advice you are interested in giving or receiving, and LinkedIn will recommend members based on your specification. Of course, recommendation will be based on what LinkedIn knows about you and what you have specified in your profile.

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    When a match is found, an alert will then be sent to you by LinkedIn. You can then start by sending a message to start a conversation about the advice you need. While this is pretty straightforward, it is important to stress the importance of properly filling out the right information in your profile as well as in the Career Advice hub. The information provided in the hub will determine the type of mentor you are connected with; so you have a big role to play to help find you the right mentor.

    LinkedIn’s senior product manager Anwesha Jalan provides an insight into what inspired the company’s decision to launch Career Advice. In a blog post, Jalan said:

    “More than 80% of professionals on LinkedIn have stated they either want to have a mentor or be one to others, but knowing where to start can be the trickiest part. In fact, of those who want to have or become a mentor, more than half don’t know where to begin and more than one-third have a hard time finding the right person.”

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