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LinkedIn’s Career Advice is ready to find you a mentor

Finding someone to help you advance your career can be tricky. After a limited trial in August, LinkedIn is rolling out its Career Advice feature to all its members in the US, UK, India and Australia. According to the company, more than 80 percent of professionals on the site have indicated a willingness to be a mentor or have one.

To start, you'll just enter information on the type of person you're looking for career advice from, then swipe your way through potential advisors (or advisees), like Tinder for business help. The company says the new feature is mostly for "lightweight mentorship opportunities," with advice on your own career path, best practices on a specific project you're working on or even switching to a new industry. LinkedIn also says that its looking at ways to help mentors find mentees in certain communities, "like people facing unique barriers to economic opportunity." Like a dating app, though, LinkedIn is simply providing the connections; the rest is up to you. Still, with a claimed 530 million people on LinkedIn, the chances are good that you'll find something (or someone) worthwhile.

Via: TechCrunch

Source: LinkedIn


Microsoft adds AI-powered LinkedIn resume assistant to Word

We're starting to see more results from Microsoft acquiring LinkedIn last year, like the new employment information features brought over to Outlook.com members. Now the company that build Office is bringing AI to your job search with a new LinkedIn-powered feature in Word called Resume Assistant.

Microsoft claims that more than 80 percent of resumes are updated in Word, which could make this new assistant super useful to a ton of people, many of whom change roles and jobs much faster than in the past. Resume Assistant brings in examples from other people in your chosen field to help you describe your work experience on your own resume. You can also see the most prominent skills from LinkedIn to help you know what terms to include in your resume, kind of like keywords for jobs.

The assistant will also help you customize your resume based on actual job postings, get professional help via LinkedIn's freelance platform, ProFinder, for help with writing resumes, interviewing and career coaching. You'll also be able to tell recruiters on LinkedIn that you're open to a new job without alerting your current bosses from within Word.

These updates are rolling out this week to English Office 365 users in the Office Insiders program. It will be available to those in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, New Zealand, the UK and the US first, then to more platforms and markets during the coming months.

Source: Microsoft


Microsoft pulls in LinkedIn details for Outlook.com users

It's only been a day since Microsoft killed Outlook.com premium features like tougher email security and more storage and brought them to Office 365 members instead. Today, the company announced that it will bring LinkedIn integration to Outlook.com subscribers, a feature that has been part of Windows 10 since June of this year.

The company is also bringing a host of other additions to Office 365, including a translation feature in Word for Office Insiders, "Tell Me" support for both people and documents and new learning tools for Word on iPad. Tell Me users can now search across their company, share files with co-workers, and use slides and graphs from previous documents. The new LinkedIn tools for Outlook.com users will give you insights, profile pictures and work histories of your contacts right in your personal inbox. LinkedIn integration is rolling out to Outlook.com members now, says Microsoft, and will arrive for all customers by the end of November.

Via: TechCrunch

Source: Microsoft


LinkedIn smart replies help you feign interest in business lunches

Smart replies in email and messaging apps are more than a little impersonal, but that's not necessarily a bad thing with LinkedIn. Do you really want to hand-craft messages to someone who's just trying to arrange a sales pitch? You won't have to after today. LinkedIn has introduced smart message replies that use machine learning to offer up to three canned responses based on the conversation. If someone wants a business lunch, you can ask when they'd like to meet with a single tap. It's certainly cold, but it might fit the bill if you want to fast-forward through the empty formalities that often come with work-related chats.

There will be a few traces of humanity in the future. LinkedIn is promising personalized responses, such as references to your conversation partner by name. It's doubtful this upgrade will make your replies seem any more heartfelt, but it beats a terse "thanks."

The feature is available in English for both mobile and desktop users right now, with promises of more languages in the pipeline. And yes, you can turn them off -- you won't be tempted to 'cheat' on messages if you'd prefer to type everything. With that said, this is one of the few times where the robotic, unfeeling option may be the most compelling.

Source: LinkedIn


Facebook is testing a LinkedIn-like résumé feature

Business Insider reports that Facebook appears to be testing a LinkedIn-like résumé/CV feature. The new addition was spotted by web developer Jane Manchun Wong and screenshots of the feature were posted on Twitter by The Next Web's Matt Navarra.

While Facebook has let users list their job and education histories on their pages for quite some time, this would allow those who want to use it to add additional information like contact details and an image. And Facebook puts all of this information together in its own separate package. However, people might not want their Facebook profile being so closely associated with job application documents. In fact, when on the job market, plenty of people make their social media profiles private and even go so far as to change their names and pictures in order to disguise their social media presence from potential employers. So, while this could infringe upon LinkedIn's services, there might be enough people wanting to keep the job hunt away from their Facebook accounts to prevent the new feature from pulling too many users from LinkedIn.

It's not clear how many people have access to the feature or when Facebook might roll it out more widely. But a spokesperson for the company told us, "At Facebook, we're always building and testing new products and services. We're currently testing a work histories feature to continue to help people find, and businesses hire, for jobs on Facebook."

Via: Business Insider

Source: Matt Navarra


LinkedIn would like to add autoplay ads to your professional network

LinkedIn is synonymous with email spam for many users, and their latest announcement isn't going to help their reputation. According to Recode, the company (which is now owned by Microsoft) is going to start selling autoplay video ads that users will see in their feeds. The good news here is that the videos will play without sound.

The company was late to the video party, debuting "Influencer" videos just last year, but it seems to have doubled down on the strategy since then. Since then, they've also added a video creation tool that allows users to record and post clips to their feed. Video posts are shared more frequently than other types of posts on LinkedIn -- up to 20 times more often, according to Recode. It makes sense that they'd want to make some revenue off of them.

Sudeep Cherian, LinkedIn's head of product marketing for ads, says that video advertising is a "must-have" for the professional networking service. They're currently testing the product with a small group of marketers, but will expand the option to anyone who purchases advertising on the platform eventually.

Source: Recode


Tech CEOs sign letter urging Trump to keep immigrant protections

Hundreds of CEOs have signed an open letter urging President Trump not to dissolve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Started in 2012 under the Obama administration, DACA allows undocumented immigrants who arrived to the US before they were 16 years old to obtain work permits and protection from deportation. Those with DACA permits have to renew them every two years and nearly 800,000 immigrants have benefited from the program.

"All DACA recipients grew up in America, registered with our government, submitted to extensive background checks, and are diligently giving back to our communities and paying income taxes," said the letter. "More than 97 percent are in school or in the workforce, 5 percent started their own business, 65 percent have purchased a vehicle, and 16 percent have purchased their first home. At least 72 percent of the top 25 Fortune 500 companies count DACA recipients among their employees."

Among those who have signed include tech bigwigs like Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Warren Buffett. CEOs, founders and representatives from Airbnb, Dropbox, eBay, Fitbit, Foursquare, GoFundMe, LinkedIn, Lyft, Netflix, Netgear, Pandora, Tesla, Tumblr and Uber have also signed.

Highlighting just how much DACA recipients contribute to the US economy, the letter stated, "Our economy would lose $460.3 billion from the national GDP and $24.6 billion in Social Security and Medicare tax contributions."

Trump was vocally against DACA during his campaign and is largely expected to cancel the program by September 5th -- a deadline Republican lawmakers set for the president to make a decision. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president hasn't yet made a final decision, but will announce one on the 5th.

Via: Variety

Source: FWD.us


One week with Microsoft Cortana

"Never mind it. Never mind," I cursed, looking down on the poorly formed monstrosity that gazed back at me with a singular pulsing eye. No, not at me -- through me. This was not my trusty Google Assistant, with whom I shared a deep logistical and day-planning-based bond. This thing barely looked like the AI to which I was accustomed and -- even then -- only in passing. This alien program appears to have eaten my digital assistant and started wearing its skin -- and I'm about to spend the next week having it organize my life.

"Cortana" came to reside in my Nexus 6P via a Google Play Store download, but it soon took over nearly all of the system's support functions. It dug its tentacles into my alarms, contacts, calendars and camera, to name only a few. And, to my astonishment, I discovered that the lock screen now sports a shortcut button. It's supposed to give me fast access to my most necessary functions, but more often feels like a pockmark in Edgar's skin suit.

In fact, this thing's (digital) skin immediately gives it away as an intruder on Android, fluidly switching among eight hues -- from dark blues and blacks to garish pinks and oranges -- at the swipe of a finger. While Cortana still leverages most of its predecessor's associated apps (like Google Maps and Play Music,) the program appears to have replaced the existing Google search engine with "Bing." Bing? What is this, spring of 2015?

It's a wonder that Cortana managed to get this far though, given how it feels half-deaf and is more than a bit slow on the uptake. When I first tried to speak to it, to my surprise, it did not stir. Again and again I called out, "Hey Cortana", increasingly raising my voice at the irritation at being ignored.

It was only after a number of sharp pokes and prods to its voice settings menu that Cortana eventually started responding to my summons. But even then, its attention was perpetually difficult to catch. Some days it would hang on my every word; on others, it would demand a nearly silent room and a more proper enunciation than I can muster.

Its Bing-based intelligence-gathering skills don't seem to be anything to crow about, either. When engaged with the simple query "Who was the 17th president of the United States?" it swiftly replied, "Andrew Johnson." But when I immediately followed that with "How old was he when he took office?" Cortana gave me an explanation of John F. Kennedy's age when he first assumed the presidency.

Despite this, I attempted to build a rudimentary bond with Cortana over the course of the week. I found it possessed many of the same features as Google's Assistant, but it lacked any knowledge of me or my tastes. It was only through an extensive reading of Cortana's notebook on Wednesday that I found a way to quickly inform it of my preferences. Things like when I take lunch, which foods I enjoy or which academic journals and stocks I follow. Unlike my Google Assistant, which consistently provided me with transit-commute options first, I had to specifically inform Cortana that I did not own a car.

And though Cortana can speak three forms of English (American, UK and Aussie) as well as Simplified Chinese, it couldn't communicate with my home's Hue lights -- or any other IoT devices within that domain. Thanks to a recent update to the Windows 10 Creators suite, though, any Windows 10 IoT Core device with a screen will be able to run Cortana. This means the infection -- I mean, assistant -- will soon spread to our toasters, refrigerators and thermostats. When I asked Cortana directly about the devices it might be capable of connecting with, I received only mutterings of "Harmon/Kardon ... coming soon."

Cortana is a bit better when it comes to third-party apps, though. There's integration with TuneIn and iHeartRadio as well as pretty much anything in the Windows Store -- unless the app's developer has specifically prevented it. Importantly, Cortana is on good speaking terms with the likes of Uber, Netflix and LinkedIn. Now, instead of typing in the show or movie I want to watch, I could simply command "Hey, Cortana, Netflix find Orange is the New Black."

Of course, that's assuming I'm speaking to the Cortana installed in a Smart TV or on an Xbox. Speaking the command into my phone simply returns a bunch of Bing-sourced YouTube links. As for LinkedIn, Cortana will remind you of appointments or quickly view the LinkedIn profiles of those whom you're meeting. Still, I would not like to add Cortana to my professional network.

It's important to remember that Cortana is a survivor of a short-lived culture known as the "WindowsPhone." While it is easily capable of communicating by "SMS" with other phones -- the pitiful creature would sometimes ask to contact its friend, named "Windows 10." Cortana would swear that this friend would always know if my phone missed a call. But a Windows PC? I haven't used one of those in years.

When I did manage to track down one of these devices, Cortana was right at home. It leveraged its native Microsoft services rather than hijacking Google apps, its response time was faster and its response clarity was greatly improved. It was like I had been shouting calculus equations at it for hours before finally "glow-fingering" the alien into a cease-fire.

Back in the mobile domain, Cortana was just as handy at transcribing my spoken notes and dictating driving directions to me as Google's own Assistant. I mean, if you take the time to slow down, enunciate and really spell out your request for Cortana, sure, the program is quite competent. Dictated text messages and spoken search strings are quite accurate as well, but great googly-moogly, it can be slow. Should you ever have to ask for driving directions in a rush or have a question that needs answering within 90 seconds, expect to have your patience tested.

By Thursday my own patience had begun running out. Cortana had tried hard to fulfill its role as my new digital assistant, but its hit-or-miss reaction times, scattershot search results and shoehorned integration with the rest of my apps left me searching for more competent help.

At this point, I can only hope that Cortana quickly outgrows its current skin and sheds it like a tarantula's carapace in search of a more spacious host on another device. Only then may I quietly grieve for the Assistant I lost. Oh wait, you can just switch control back to the old one in the Assist and Voice Input settings on your Android device. Never mind it. Never mind.

This week Engadget is examining each of the five major virtual assistants, taking stock of how far they've come and how far they still have to go. Find all our coverage here.


LinkedIn’s app can record and share video, not that you would

Picture the scene: Your boss calls a snap meeting. You, being the diligent worker, whip out your phone and start recording. Your colleagues look on in bewilderment. "What are you playing at?" your boss asks sternly. "I'm recording our sesh for LinkedIn. It has video now. Trust me, it's the next big thing." How do you think that's going to go down? Unless you work for a YouTube vlogger, probably not well.

As you might have gleaned from that preamble, LinkedIn is adding a video creation tool to its app. Give it an update, and you might see it within the status box. Tap the little movie icon and you'll be able to record and share a clip, up to 10 minutes in length (according to Inc.).

Everyone's integrating video, so why not LinkedIn? Well, the problem is LinkedIn isn't everyone (by that, we mean it isn't Facebook or Twitter). You don't go on LinkedIn to procrastinate, or to check images or clips from your friends. You go there to update your resume, accept connections, and maybe stalk your ex-colleagues (anonymously, of course). Then you log off, and forget about it, until it nudges you via email to check your notifications...again.

Okay, so there are some scenarios where this could work. LinkedIn thinks you should use video to share "hacks that will increase your productivity, front row seats at a conference, [or] an insider's perspective on the day's news." Jesus, no, not those scenarios. Let's face it, unless your a big-shot at a Fortune 500 company, no one cares about your opinions. Especially on LinkedIn, which is all about mentorship and amassing contacts (it's called networking -- only, you don't speak to the majority of those people). Also, LinkedIn already handed video to the bigwigs, and we've heard little about it since, so maybe that didn't work out either.

Instead, video may end up being used in regards to recruitment. Companies could use it to give you a first-hand glimpse inside their headquarters. That's the kind of stuff people are actually interested in, especially when it involves a big firm. For example, if Apple used it for short tours around Apple Park. Or, if [insert tech behemoth] used it for similar purposes.

The same goes for candidates. Perhaps, people will use it creatively when seeking a job opportunity. But, that's a tricky prospect. Ultimately, that's the dilemma LinkedIn faces. Privacy concerns are one thing, but it's mainly just not a playful enough medium. That's okay, though. We don't want it to change. Please LinkedIn, don't go all silly on us and start introducing lenses and 3D emoji.

Source: Jonathan (Jasper) Sherman-Presser (LinkedIn)


LinkedIn can’t block scrapers from monitoring user activity

Your LinkedIn activity could soon be used to keep tabs on you at work. On Monday, a US federal judge ruled that the Microsoft-owned social network cannot block a startup from accessing public data. The company in question, hiQ Labs, scrapes LinkedIn info to create algorithms that can predict whether employees are likely to quit their jobs. The case could also have a wider impact on the control social media sites wield over your info.

The legal battle between the two firms has been raging since May. Back then, LinkedIn warned hiQ to stop accessing its site, and tried to to ban it using an IP-address block. It also threatened to take the startup to court, claiming it was violating an anti-hacking law. But, hiQ beat it to the punch. In its lawsuit filed in June, it alleged LinkedIn was breaking antitrust laws.

Now, US District Judge Edward Chen has ordered LinkedIn to remove any barriers on hiQ's access to public profiles within 24 hours. LinkedIn, which had argued that data-scraping threatened its members' privacy, says it will challenge the decision, reports Reuters.

It may be talking tough now, but LinkedIn isn't exactly a bastion of privacy as it would have you believe. This is the same company that lost a class-action lawsuit over the spam emails it sent to users' contacts. And, who can forget the embarrassing breach that saw millions of LinkedIn passwords swindled in 2012. Just like social media platforms of its ilk, it also makes its millions through targeted advertising.

But, there are signs LinkedIn is working to protect your activity from your beady-eyed boss. For example, last year it launched a feature that lets you secretly notify recruiters that you're looking for a new job.

Source: Reuters