But it's not just connections, it comes down to circumstances, locations - there's a range of factors which can help to level the playing field for job seekers and candidates.
And this week, LinkedIn is taking on another key element, with a new "Fair Chance" filter for job ads on the platform, which aims to help people who have a criminal record find employers who are open to hiring them.
As per LinkedIn:
"One community facing a unique set of barriers includes the more than 70 million Americans who have a criminal record, many of whom have served time and are trying to reenter the workforce. That’s why we’re excited to roll out a new “Fair Chance '' job filter to help job-seekers easily identify employers who have committed to consider applicants with a criminal record, thus removing a major barrier from their job search process."
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