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During the COVID-19 pandemic, lots of people are trying to navigate the current job market, hoping to find new jobs with their existing skills or exploring what new skills they may need to pivot to a different position. LinkedIn has just introduced a new tool that can help you do just that, and it's called the LinkedIn Career Explorer.

LinkedIn describes the Career Explorer tool this way:

"Find new jobs with the skills you already have. LinkedIn’s data uncovers career paths by matching your skills to thousands of job titles."

After working with it over the past few weeks, I can tell you that's a very accurate description of what it actually does. After all, LinkedIn has over 36,000 unique skills and 6,000 unique job titles spread over all of our 700+ million profiles, and they've been accumulating data over the last fifteen years about career changes that you, the user, have made. That data is now very important to you as you decide where you're going in 2021 and beyond. It's really quite amazing.
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How to access the LinkedIn Career Explorer

Access the LinkedIn Career Explorer by clicking this link: https://linkedin.github.io/career-explorer/

Use the SELECT YOUR CITY box to choose the city you want to work in.

Enter your current job title (or find the closest match to your title) in the ENTER A JOB box.
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How the Linkedin Career Explorer works

Once you've entered the above information, Career Explorer will provide a detailed dashboard with a list of skills that are typically associated with the job title you entered. This is basically a list of skills that should be listed on your LinkedIn profile if you expect HR professionals and recruiters to find you when they search on LinkedIn. Consider adding any applicable skills to the Skills & Endorsements section of your profile. This is very important if you're trying to improve your profile for most of the Applicant Tracking Systems that companies are using these days.

For a detailed article on how the Skills & Endorsements section of your profile should be optimized, click here.

You'll find a detailed comparison of your current title to another job title that could be a good fit for you. This alternative job title is based on the data LinkedIn has collected over the years relating to people's career path moves. Included in this comparison are the overlapping skills and the skills you need to build to be a better match for that alternative job position.

Next, LinkedIn provides a link to job postings for that alternative job title in the city you selected.

You'll also see a link to help you find people in your network who already have that title.

You can re-sort the list of potential alternative job titles by similarity (how similar is it to your current job title) or popularity (how frequently people move from your job title to this job title).
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Overall strategy and benefit of the LinkedIn Career Explorer

The job search in 2021 is very keyword (i.e., skills) focused and requires you, the job seeker, to understand the tools hiring managers and recruiters are using. The LinkedIn Career Explorer is a game-changer if you're thinking of pivoting to something new, but it's also a terrific tool if you're looking for a new job with the same or a similar job title that you currently have. So check it out today!
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