LinkedIn Launches Tool to Get Recent College Grads Hired
LinkedIn is making it easier for college students to find a job after graduation with the help of a new site feature being tested across 60 U.S. universities.
Career Explorer – which launched in beta form on Monday -- allows students to explore various career paths based on school, level of education and desired industry. Career paths are mapped out for students based on aggregate paths that LinkedIn's 80 million members have taken before them.
Student job hunters will also have access to relevant career opportunities, company information, estimated salary ranges as well as the people in their network that can get them there.
The initiative was launched in collaboration with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), one of the largest employers of college graduates in the United States.
"LinkedIn is about connecting talent with opportunity at massive scale. Career Explorer is the latest example of how we make that possible by providing one of our fastest growing demographics, students and recent college graduates, unique and valuable insights enabling them to develop the optimal career path," said Jeff Weiner, chief executive officer of LinkedIn. "We're excited to be launching this product in partnership with PwC, one of the largest and most forward thinking recruiters of new graduates."
The tool also highlights LinkedIn Company Profiles of potential employers. Students can then "follow" those companies and receive updates about them in their news feed. The updates include job postings at the company as well as notifications when people get hired or leave the company.