World Refugee Day 2018: Building Bridges to Opportunity

Each of us has our own background that helps shape who we are. Our experiences allow us to bring new perspectives, offer new ways of thinking and working, and contribute in ways that others might not be able to. This World Refugee Day, we’re celebrating the contributions that refugees all over the world offer our teams and communities. Having fled their homes to build better, safer lives, they inspire us in the pursuit of their own definition of success. Take Carlos Viloria, an equipment...

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Welcoming Military Spouses to LinkedIn’s Military and Veterans Program

Faced with frequent moves and deployments, military spouses have a unique challenge when it comes to growing their careers - in fact, they are four times more likely to be unemployed than their civilian counterparts. In order to help set them up for success, re-skilling and re-training are key as well as identifying remote and flexible work options. To help solve this pressing challenge, LinkedIn is expanding our military and veterans program to include military spouses through a new...

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Always Forward: How You Can Join LinkedIn­­­ in Honoring Veterans

LinkedIn and America’s veterans share a common ethos: instead of resting on our laurels, we’re always looking for the next challenge. As a company, we take a forward-looking approach to supporting the veteran community, continually seeking opportunities to invest in its great potential, and mobilizing our extended member community in support of veterans. Honor Our Future – What’s Next? Last year, LinkedIn challenged America to re-think the way we honor veterans, reorienting our focus from what...

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Stand #WithRefugees on World Refugee Day

Today is World Refugee Day, a day to honor the strength and courage of millions of refugees and to explore how we can help them achieve a safer, better life for themselves and their families. A better life for many refugees goes beyond just ensuring the safety of their families. It also includes finding ways to be productive in their new communities. Employment is often the key to that productivity. At LinkedIn, our vision is to create economic opportunity for every member of the global...

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Give Back with LinkedIn Volunteer Marketplace during National Volunteer Week

Since you were a child, you probably heard how important it is to volunteer and give back to others. That by giving just a little bit of your time, you can make a huge impact in someone’s life. But did you know that volunteering can also bring you tremendous benefits? Research has shown that volunteering can benefit your health and your career. According to Harvard Health, researchers found that people are happier the more they volunteer. And the happier you are, the healthier you are likely to...

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Connect Underserved Communities to Economic Opportunity: Become a Mentor

Everyone deserves an equal shot at economic opportunity but not everyone has access to the professional networks that can make this possible. That’s why our mission at LinkedIn for Good is to connect underserved communities to the networks, skills and opportunities they need to succeed. In 2016, we reached a combined 1 million underserved youth, veterans, refugees, employees and nonprofits.   This year, we are striving to do even more, and we need your help. Our aim is to remove the economic...

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The Greatest Gift of All: Your Time and Talent

With the holiday season upon us and so many challenges facing the world, it’s never been more important for us to come together to make a difference in our communities. At LinkedIn for Good, we are committed to connecting underserved communities to economic opportunity. One way we strive to do this is by galvanizing you, our members, to give your time and talent. And we know that many of you are open and ready to support your communities. In fact, more than 9 million members around the world...

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Honor Our Future: Don’t Just Thank a Veteran, Ask Them What’s Next

This Veterans Day, LinkedIn is proud to join the chorus of citizens and organizations lending our thanks to those who have served us. But beyond just saying thank you, we’re asking the country  to make a change. Let’s rethink how we honor veterans. Unfortunately, when the average citizen meets a veteran, they are likely meeting an unfamiliar face. With less than one percent of our population serving in these most recent conflicts, and with our nation defended by an all volunteer force, a...

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Vote: An Important Connection to Economic Opportunity

LinkedIn's vision is to create economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce. While LinkedIn’s products and services and our work on the Economic Graph will help make that vision a reality, economic opportunity is impacted by larger societal issues. Government policies on issues such as tax, trade, immigration, education, health care and the environment will be influenced by the results of these elections. As a result, LinkedIn is doing two things around this year’s U.S....

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Helping newly settled refugees find economic opportunity in Sweden

Welcome Talent

LinkedIn’s vision is to create economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce. It’s this vision that makes me proud to work for LinkedIn, especially when it can help an important global issue: the refugee crisis.

Last October, a friend who works at the Swedish Migration Board shared with me some of the challenges refugees face as they enter the country and look for employment. These challenges include no local professional network, a language barrier, the nuances of a new culture, and of course, knowing where to find a job. We quickly realized that LinkedIn had a unique opportunity to leverage what our company does best: connect these individuals – many of whom are highly skilled – with opportunity.

On a per capita basis, Sweden has received more refugees than any other European country. In addition, many of these refugees have skills that the Swedish economy can benefit. According to a recent article, a quarter of refugees in 2014 had higher education — up almost 5% on the previous year. More than two-thirds of them had skills that matched graduate job vacancies.

Today, we are very proud to launch Welcome Talent, a new initiative that aims to help refugees in Sweden find opportunities created specifically for them and their unique circumstances. The site includes resources in both Arabic and English, including potential opportunities and information on how to create an effective LinkedIn profile. There is also a section for employers that explains how to to post internships and jobs on LinkedIn, at no cost, for refugees. Employers simply mark their internships and job opportunities with a special hashtag, #welcometalent, so they can be easily discovered by refugees. To date there are more than 150 opportunities from companies such as Spotify, Proffice, 3 and Happyr.

If you work in Sweden, please consider joining us by posting an opportunity. If you’re a newly settled refugee, either in Sweden or anywhere in the world, create a LinkedIn profile to help find opportunity, no matter where you are.