Success is easier to attain when you’ve received advice and guidance from a mentor.
Yet nowadays it’s hard to find mentors within the companies, so LinkedIn is exploring a new method to facilitate the matchmaking of mentor and mentee.
LinkedIn is testing out a new free service for members that will match them with other professionals who can give them career advice.
“Think of it as a new form of mentorship that’s virtual, lightweight, and that fits today’s changing workplace,” says Suzi Owens, group manager of Consumer Products, Corporate Communications at LinkedIn.
How it works
You’ll have a private dashboard where you can sign up to be a mentor or a mentee.
First, you’ll find a basic overview of the function and its value for both parts.
Second, you have to provide specifics about who you’d like to talk to with parameters such as region, industry, school, etc.
Third, the platform gives you an option to refine preferences: entrepreneurship, job search, career growth, ec.
Once the preferences are entered, LinkedIn’s matching algorithm will immediately send recommendations for matches. You can swipe to see all the matches. If you select someone, they will receive a message immediately notifying them of your interest to connect. Once both parties agree, they can start talking either on LinkedIn’s platform or take the conversation offline.
“It’s intimidating once you get matched to have to start the conversation,” Srinivasan, director of product management at LinkedIn, explains, so they’re building in ways to see where people overlap or see what they have in common.