Recruiting Trends Show Hiring Red Hot This Summer: LinkedIn Workforce Report July 2017

Hiring has been very strong in 2017. But it has been red hot this summer. Hiring across the U.S. was 12.1% higher in June than in June 2016. Hiring has been so hot in fact that May and June were the biggest months for hiring since the Summer of 2015. That’s according to our July LinkedIn Workforce Report. The industries that are hiring the most are oil and energy, manufacturing and industrial and aerospace, automotive, and transportation. If you’re looking for a new gig in these industries,...

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The Best Way to Land Your Next Job Opportunity

If I told you that almost 80% of LinkedIn members consider professional networking to be important to new job opportunities and career success, you might not be too surprised. But did you know that 70% of people were hired at a company where they had a connection? Conversations help you build relationships that can ultimately land your next job opportunity, but when was the last time you actually checked in with an old coworker to see how they’re doing, or asked someone you were introduced to...

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The Jobs and Industries With the Biggest Bonuses in 2016

Thinking about a career change in the new year? We have new insights on the careers and industries with the highest annual bonuses. This time of year when extra expenses come in the form of gifts and holiday events, understanding job compensation is important. While 75% of companies are planning on giving out annual bonuses this year, it’s important to understand how different roles and industries are being paid. Using our LinkedIn Salary tool we explored careers and industries in the U.S. that...

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The Most Fulfilling Jobs and Places to Work in the U.S.

If you’re a chef in Charlotte, North Carolina then you’re likely one of the most fulfilled workers in the United States. For LinkedIn’s Work Satisfaction Survey, we asked more than 1,000 U.S. professionals about their overall level of job satisfaction and the factors that contribute to it. Charlotte tops the list with 65% of its professionals feeling very or completely fulfilled at work, and chefs rank the highest in job satisfaction with 84% reporting they feel very or completely fulfilled at...

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Student Job Seekers – Tips to Building the Perfect Profile

Between studying for exams, searching for jobs and figuring out your next step, being a student can be stressful. While adding one more thing to your to-do list can seem daunting, making your LinkedIn profile stand out is not only incredibly important to your professional brand and finding job opportunities, it’s also simple and can be done in minutes. Just how important is it? Well, 9 out of 10 recruiters use LinkedIn to find candidates, and 75% of hiring managers look at LinkedIn profiles...

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Tips for Secretive and Successful Job Hunting: LinkedIn Career Expert Series

We’ve all been there. It’s time to look for a new job but you don’t want your boss to know. So how do you effectively job hunt without your employer or colleagues finding out? Here are five ways to use LinkedIn to land your dream job while in stealth mode: 1. Signal to recruiters that you’re open to new job opportunities Open Candidates is a new feature that makes it easier to connect with your dream job by privately signaling to recruiters that you’re open to new job opportunities. Open...

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5 Surprising Cities Rapidly Attracting Millennial Job Seekers

Millennials are the largest generation in the world, and they have a ton of purchasing power (expected to be more than $200 billion in annually in 2017!). So where are they looking to flock to when they are searching for jobs on LinkedIn? We looked at the LinkedIn job search behaviors of millennials in the U.S. on LinkedIn (which make up 44 percent of all job searches on our network), to better understand their shifting job preferences of what has the potential to be one of the most powerful...

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Millennials are Thriving in the Workplace, According to LinkedIn Data

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There is a popular plug-in for Google Chrome that searches websites and replaces “millennials” with “snake people.” Using it generates some interesting headlines:

  • Martha Stewart Still Confused about What Snake People Are, Exactly

  • Snake People Aren’t Very Interested in Traditional Radio Anymore

  • Teach Snake People How to Be Managed by You

The substitution works because news coverage of millennials reads like we’re a baffling, possibly threatening alien race. Who are they? What do they want? Why are their actions and customs so strange? How can we learn to tolerate them before they take over?

Full disclosure: I am a millennial. But I don’t have scales or a forked tongue. I’m just one of millions of young professionals taking on the world as it is, trying to shape it more into the world I hope it becomes.

Given the massive amounts of news coverage (44,000 articles and counting), it seems like everyone is desperate to understand my generation. Thankfully, we don’t have to rely on stereotypes or sensationalism to find out. LinkedIn Marketing Solutions researched the millions of millennials on LinkedIn to take a data-based approach to the problem. They compiled the results in the Millennial Playbook, a guide for millennials who chase great, and for those other generations trying to figure us out.

The first thing I discovered during our research is there are more millennials out there than I imagined. Turns out, we’re the largest generation on Earth, about 2 billion strong. There are 85 million of us in the U.S. alone, and all told we claim $1 trillion in purchasing power annually.

But as much as we get stereotyped, generalized, and lumped in together, we’re not hive-minded snake people. Marketing research by Carat Consumer Insights identifies four broad categories we fall into:

  • #TrendNetters are the closest to the media perception of millennials. They live their lives online, and thrive on feedback and peer recognition

  • #AlterNatives are more quiet, introverted, and concerned with privacy. They’re more tech-savvy than others because they want control of the devices they own

  • #LYFPreneurs are ambitious, hard-working, hard-playing go-getters looking to find the next transformative business model

  • #BetaBlazers are intensely knowledgeable, forward-thinking, trailblazing types who are all about quality over quantity

Notice how the stereotypes of “lazy” and “entitled” disappear when you take a closer look? Millennials, it turns out, are as industrious and innovative as anyone else. We may be blazing new trails to get to our goals, but we’re on the move.

Millennials Don’t Settle

Regardless of which persona they fall into, millennials are making their way in the working world. The job market is radically different now than it was even ten years ago. Millennials have had to adjust their goals and their expectations.

LinkedIn’s research discovered the number one thing millennials want out of a job is advancement opportunity, narrowly beating out better pay and challenging work. That makes sense; the days of spending 40 years in one job are long gone. We want to move up the ladder fast. And if we get stalled, we’re not shy about seeking out new opportunities. We’re not about to settle for less.

Millennials Invest Time on LinkedIn

We know that millennials love their social media. Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat…the list goes on. But I was pleasantly surprised to see how many of my generation are investing time on LinkedIn as well. There are 87 million millennials on LinkedIn worldwide, and 11 million are classified as “decision makers.” Not only that, millennials represent 30% of long-form publishers on LinkedIn, even though we’re less than 25% of total members.

Millennials are Thriving at Work

Some of my favorite insights from the Millennial Playbook come from interviews with millennials who are thriving in the workforce. There’s Tara Robertson, the Inbound Marketing Manager at Uberflip. Shelly Simmons, Marketing Manager at Company.com. And Katherine Lisciani started her own successful agency, Millennovation® Media.

These three innovators and leaders—and many more in the playbook—bear out what LinkedIn’s research found: Millennials are moving in and moving up.

Helping Millennials Chase Great

There’s no denying millennials are chasing great.

Some of us want the thrill of recognition. Some just want to make the world a better place. Some just can’t resist pushing the boundaries of what’s possible.

No matter what motivates us, millennials are more than willing to put in the effort it takes to get ahead. So the last chapters of the playbook are all about channeling that effort into building a professional network and personal brand. Combine a millennial’s enthusiasm, energy, and skill with LinkedIn’s inherent ability to connect people, and you create an unbeatable team.

If you’re a millennial yourself, check out the Millennial Playbook for a wealth of practical information you can use in your career journey. If you’re not a millennial, and especially if you think of us as snake people, read it to see what we’re really like, where we are now, and where we’re headed.

Mastering the Art of the Informational Interview: LinkedIn Career Expert Series

Before landing their first job, we found that students connect with at least three professionals from within a company. It’s never too early to start building those relationships by setting up informational interviews with people who are doing what you want to do or work in an industry that you want to get into. But we get it, reaching out to someone you don’t know can be daunting, so here are some tips to set you up for the most impactful informational interviews.

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Figure out what interests you

First things first, think about the jobs that you find interesting. If you need some ideas, our new LinkedIn Students app recommends jobs to explore based on career paths of alumni with similar degrees.  

 

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Touch up your profile

Make sure your LinkedIn profile tells the story you want your future boss or colleagues to see. Start with the basics: 1) upload a professional profile photo, 2) add your current location, and 3) update the industry you want to work in so it reflects what you want to do in your career. If you don’t have formal job experience, don’t worry! You can include your education, skills, school projects, honors and awards, and volunteer experience -- you probably have more to offer than you realize!

 

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Reach out to people you want to get to know

Identify a few people who work in jobs you’re interested in. Our LinkedIn Students App will suggest some people to you, so pay especially close attention to those with whom you share a common connection. Then, ask your connection for an introduction on LinkedIn highlighting why this person’s profile stood out for you, what you have in common and what you’d like to speak to them about.

 

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Prepare for the interview

If someone takes the time out of their busy day to meet with you, make the most of their time...and yours. Study their LinkedIn profile, read their posts, check out what they’ve shared recently. Go to their company’s LinkedIn Company Page to see what’s important to their employer. Check out LinkedIn Pulse for the latest news in their industry. All of this will help you come up with smart questions and continue the conversation.

 

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Always say thank you

No matter how you think the conversation went, send a thank you message on LinkedIn within a few days. Be sure to mention something specific and memorable about your conversation, and cite any follow-up you plan to take. And don’t forget to connect with them on LinkedIn! The most important tip of all: be yourself. You never know where these conversations will take you.

Introducing the LinkedIn Students App: Helping Soon-to-Be College Graduates Conquer Their Job Search

Graduation is quickly approaching. Your job search is all consuming. What do you search for? What job options are best for you? Today, LinkedIn unveils the first-of-its-kind LinkedIn Students app, tailored specifically for soon-to-be college graduates looking to answer these very questions. Using insights from LinkedIn’s database of over 400 million professionals, the brand new app helps you discover jobs that are a best fit for graduates with your major, companies that tend to hire from your school and the careers paths of recent alumni with similar degrees.

86% of students choose to go to college to get better jobs, but 44% of graduates are underemployed.* Let Linkedin Students help you navigate these uncharted waters of finding your first job out of school; something you, yourselves have told us is the paramount challenge you’re facing:

As a student close to graduating, finding a job is the most important aspect of my life right now.
I am graduating with $35,000 of debt so landing a good first job out of college is extremely important to me.
I don’t understand how my major translates into a job I’m qualified for.

These are just a few quotes from San Jose State and University of Central Florida students who recently participated in our pilot test of the app, but it’s no mystery these types of concerns are shared by students across the country. An understandable trend given the uncertainties that come with an economy mired in $1.2 trillion of student loan debt and an unemployment rate among college graduates of 7.2 percent (compared with only 5.5 percent in 2007).**

So how can the new app help you tackle your college to career transition? Think of it as your personal job exploration guide, providing tailored jobs related recommendations based on real data from the career paths of hundreds of millions of successful professionals. You can use these insights to discover and explore career opportunities you hadn’t considered or even known were possible!

Here’s a quick overview:

You can chip away at your job search checklist in any of your in-between moments - walking between classes, waiting in line at the coffee shop or taking a study break. What initially felt like an insurmountable undertaking will morph into a manageable daily to-do list and, before you know it, you’ll no longer be asking “How do I find a job that’s a fit for me?,” but “Which of these jobs is the best fit for me?”

The new LinkedIn Students app is available for iOS and Android in the US only for now. We look forward to hearing your feedback and continuing to improve this experience to help you discover and land a first job you’ll love.

*New York Federal Reserve

**Economic Policy Institute, 2015