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Software Uses Linkedin Network to Guide Your Career

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New software analyzes the information provided by users of LinkedIn and recommends companies and positions for which they are best qualified.

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New software provides career guidance based on the profiles of LinkedIn users. Computer scientists at the University of California, Santa Barbara have designed LinkedVis to analyze the information of LinkedIn users and recommend companies and the positions for which they are best qualified.

The software scans their networks and ranks people in order of similarity in career paths, skill sets, and qualifications. LinkedVis then uses their current position and company to suggest career paths. The software also explores what-if scenarios, such as how someone's prospects would be affected by obtaining a Ph.D.

The developers have only conducted small tests. However, they have met with LinkedIn officials, and the researchers say the company is interested in the system. The team showed off their research at the recent Intelligent User Interfaces conference.

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