LinkedIn Urges Users To Bridge The Network Gap Now !

Date : 29-Apr-2020
Location: Kuala Lumpur

Key Takeaways:
  • 82% of Malaysians surveyed believe that having the right connections is important in getting ahead in life, with 1 in 3 respondents looking for networking and mentorship opportunities.
  • Amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic, it is all the more important for professionals to stay connected with their networks and even form new connections, to gain access to opportunities now, and in preparation for the future.
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  • LinkedIn Coaches programme, an initiative for job seekers facing barriers in growing their careers and expanding their network.
  • During this time, LinkedIn has also committed to connecting businesses with urgent and essential hiring needs to people who have the right skills via access to free hiring resources. The talent marketplace initiative launched across the globe by offering free job postings and promoting urgent jobs and hiring resources to help critical industries in the frontlines find talent quickly.

  • Olivier Legrand, Managing Director of LinkedIn Asia Pacific,said,building stronger networks is utmost important to weather society through the challenges amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic.
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  • Nadhir Ashafiq, Co-Founder and Executive Director of TheLorry,said,LinkedIn has helped him and the company to find the right partners, investors, and connections which have benefited our business in the short-term and long-term
  • Faeez Fadhlillah, co-founder of Tripfez,said, it is essential for entrepreneur to leverage on their connections to understand business issues, finding new opportunities or getting potential clients, among others.
  • Data from LinkedIn Opportunity Index 2020 revealed that while the majority of Malaysians see the importance of having the right connections, nearly 2 in 5 believe their networks are inadequate.
  • In addition, only 1 in 3 Malaysians are looking for networking and mentorship opportunities, which may suggest that many understand the importance of building their networks but are unsure of how to go about doing it.
  • 18% of all Malaysians across all age and gender groups find the lack of networking and connection, as well as lack of direction and guidance among the top barriers to opportunities.
  • Although this is felt across all generations of Malaysians, career builders — consisting of Gen Z (16 percent) and Millennials (18 percent) — grapple with the lack of networks and connection the most. In fact, they cite this as the third most difficult barrier to overcome.
  • At LinkedIn, this is what we call the ‘network gap’. Narrowing the network gap is therefore a key step in ensuring a more equal access to opportunities for all.
Best Practices:
  • Through the LinkedIn platform, professionals from all over the world can reach out, seek advice, and learn from others. Younger professionals should get in touch with others if they need help, and those in a position to give advice or support are encouraged to do so as well.
Editor's comments:
  • During this trying times, LinkedIn becomes an essential platform to help people to network and explore new opportunities if necessary, to weather through the employment demand and supply shocks that follows the pandemic.
  • Many people have lost jobs, many more will and thus job seeking and recruitment processes are the high order bits now.
  • LinkedIn is also great in the sense that it offers job seekers and entrepreneurs a global outreach for opportunities and growth.
  • Many entrepreneurs fail to realize that updating the LinkedIn profile can help with bringing more business opportunities, not just for employment seekers.
  • This is essential indeed, the frontline of frontlines !!!