LinkedIn analysed a randomised sample of three million LinkedIn members from across the world, in order to determine how their LinkedIn connections and activity have facilitated job transitions and developments.
LinkedIn’s research focused on the relationship between people’s LinkedIn connection graph and career mobility – i.e. how quickly somebody moves into their next job.
Factoring in a range of variables, LinkedIn found that among users who share similar demographics, educational backgrounds and professional experience:
Members with at least 13 connections from companies other than their current employer are 22.9 per cent faster in transitioning to their next job than those who do not.
Members who are a part of at least one group on LinkedIn are 8.6 per cent faster in transitioning to their next job than those who are not a member of any groups.
Members who follow at least 5 organisations on LinkedIn are 7.1 per cent faster in transitioning to their next job than those who do not.
In some ways, this makes perfect sense – if you’re more actively engaged in establishing connections, you’re more likely to find new opportunities, and faster, as a result. But it may also reflect how hiring managers are assessing people, based on their LinkedIn presence, which could reflect their industry engagement and focus.
(With inputs from agencies)