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LinkedIn’s data uncovers career paths by matching your skills to thousands of job titles.

The path to a new job isn’t always clear. There are jobs that are a great fit but might seem out of reach, and others you may not even know you have the skills for. We’re now putting the power of LinkedIn data in your hands: uncover potential career paths and see how your skills match to real job titles. Before we dive into what opportunities might be relevant for you, let’s start by learning how we match jobs and skills. Or skip ahead and explore jobs and skills on your own.

There are over 36,000 unique skills we measure across more than 6,000 unique job titles on LinkedIn. Here are three different jobs where our data shows Time Management - one of the most common skills we track - ranks among the top skills.

Comparing skills across jobs can make it easier to find the right job for you. Since Time Management is a critical skill for both Food Servers and Operations Coordinators, let’s go deeper to understand the other skills that overlap between the two jobs and what skills you would need to build to move from one job to the other.

Time Management is ranked as the fourth most important skill for both jobs. If we think about comparing them like a venn diagram, those are overlapping skills that are equally useful to both jobs.

To make the comparison, we’ll show you the remaining skills that are important for both jobs. Some skills align more closely to a single role than others, which will be reflected in your view. When skills are less common between two roles, they are placed further from the center, and closer to the job they are more relevant to.

In this comparison, the remaining skills on each side are unique to each job. These skills are certainly still useful and may appear in common with other jobs, but our analysis shows they may not be as helpful for moving from a Food Server to a Operations Coordinator role.

We bring this analysis together into a single metric that we call skill similarity, which helps us understand how well one job might transition to another by giving a score between 0 to 100. In this case, the skills similarity score between Food Server and Operations Coordinator is 52.

So that we can put the skills similarity score between Food Server and Operations Coordinator in context, let’s now compare Food Server to another job: Salesperson. Our data shows there are more similar skills between Food Server and Salesperson, with a skill similarity score of 58.

We’ll make one more comparison to illustrate how skills similarity can help you understand career transitions. The skills similarity between a Food Server and a Customer Service Specialist is 71, indicating there is even higher skill overlap to help you transition from a Food Server role to a Customer Service Specialist role than the previous Operations Coordinator and Salesperson roles.

Now it’s your turn to explore how your skills can unlock new opportunities for you.

Explore Job Transitions

Use this tool to help you find possible job transitions, based on LinkedIn insights into skills similarity.

Enter your most recent role to see the transitions you could make. We’ll show you skills you already have in common with those jobs and the skills you may need to build, along with open jobs that are available in your region and an easy way to connect with LinkedIn members who might be able to help you in your journey.

For more resources on navigating your career and job search, visit opportunity.linkedin.com.

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Methodology

This analysis represents the world seen through the lens of LinkedIn data, drawn from the anonymized and aggregated profile information of LinkedIn's 706+ million members around the world. As such, it is influenced by how members choose to use the platform, which can vary based on professional, social, and regional culture, as well as overall site availability and accessibility.

In order to identify popular job transitions, we look at the profile changes members make to their job history and calculate how often members move from one job to another.

In order to calculate the similarity score for two jobs, we identify the most important skills for each job based on LinkedIn’s Skills Genome. The similarity score reflects both the overlap of common skills between two jobs as well as the relative importance of those skills for each job.

The Skills You’ll Need are a selection of skills important for the desired job that are not typically common in the Skills Genome for the current job.

All data represents aggregated information from the last 5 years. Available job transitions may vary by country, as we only include transitions that meet the minimum privacy threshold.

Privacy Considerations

In publishing these labor market insights from LinkedIn's Economic Graph, we wanted to provide accurate statistics while ensuring our members' privacy. We applied privacy techniques, such as differential privacy, to aggregate insights from our datasets without learning about specific individuals. Our differentially private algorithms have been deployed in other LinkedIn products used by our marketing partners, including the Audience Engagement API in LinkedIn Marketing Solutions.

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