LinkedIn Teaches Non-Profits How To Use LinkedIn

By: Sean Patterson - May 26, 2012

Every month, LinkedIn has employees take one Friday off to volunteer their skills for charity, help their local community, or focus on improving themselves. In the past, LinkedIn employees have held a Hackday for veterans, put on a multicultural “Top Chef” competition, and hosted a “WimbledIn” tennis tournament. This month, employees have organized to teach non-profits how to use the LinkedIn website to help jobseekers land a gig.

Jessica Lau, a relationship manager at LinkedIn, detailed the volunteer work in a post on the LinkedIn Blog. LinkedIn’s May inDay was the LinkedIn For Good Foundation’s first Pro Bono inDay – days during which members of the foundation volunteer their skills. From the blog post:

We have always been encouraged to volunteer at different organizations during our InDays and these experiences inspired my colleague Ariana Younai and I to take this May inDay to the next level by organizing an event around non-profits. Along with the support of our coworkers, we created a series of trainings to help jobseekers leverage LinkedIn to manage their careers, recruited our colleagues to volunteer, and worked with a few local nonprofits to conduct the trainings at their offices.

Four workshops were hosted worldwide in Dublin, London, New York, and Mountain View, California. The Mountain View event was attended by non-profits such as Upwardly Global and Goodwill of Silicon Valley. LinkedIn employees trained non-profit employees how to find jobs and manage careers using the LinkedIn website. Volunteers also taught lessons on how to best position themselves on LinkedIn, given the current job market. The goal was to familiarize the non-profits with LinkedIn enough for the non-profits themselves to teach job-seekers how to use the site.

All of these workshops are part of a LinkedIn For Good Foundation initiative to expand volunteer trainings globally, and sessions are being organized for other cities such as Toronto and Chicago. And, while volunteering promote and teach LinkedIn to non-profits might not be the most selfless cause a LinkedIn employee could devote his or her inDay to, it is certainly true that LinkedIn can be a potent tool for helping the jobless find work.

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  • sue ginsburg

    Please let me know how we can find out where LinkedIn programs for nonprofits are being held. I am involved with a few that I would like to invite to your LinkedIn program for nonprofits.


  • Kris Bradley

    Hats off to LinkedIn for making this a priority for their employees.

  • josé maria dantas da silva.

    Please, anyone who has money and generous enough to help a needy person, Somebody get me $ 200 for me to improve my internet, I have seen that only the computer, and I have no equipment to improve it. $ 200 is enough to buy one accessory to improve my internet. not want it for free, to earn that money working for him. tell me what I gotta do to get this money. I know that things are not easy as I imagine, and that nobody is ready to help strangers who arrive with a sad story trying to achieve their goals. Please, I have no banking account but my brother will get by me on your account. do not want to advance, first I want to deserve it by doing something for those who sympathize and help me with this financial aid. I can be divulging anything I can invite friends, etc., anything for that money.

  • Sylvia

    Being able to use LinkedIn effectively is a great resource for those that are job hunting. Anything that helps get this economy and unemployment situation back on track is well worth it.

  • Frank

    E mail me back with all the details . I wish to be there in your group.

  • Lisa Marie

    I see a lot of sites recommending job seekers stay active by getting involved with non-profits, so it’s an excellent idea for LinkedIn to reach out to non-profits – there should be a lot of convergence of those who need help with those that can help.