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LinkedIn knows whether or not you deserve a raise

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LinkedIn not only knows all your contacts, it knows whether you should be getting paid more than they are.
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Is it time to move to a more challenging job? Ask LinkedIn. Specifically, keep an eye on the site’s recommendations for jobs you might be interested in.

The Washington Post has a great read on LinkedIn’s use of big data, but the biggest impact for users we spotted was the site’s close monitoring of your career trajectory:

“Are they being promoted very quickly? In that case, maybe we should recommend jobs that are a step up for them,” Parker Barrile, senior director of product for LinkedIn’s talent solutions division, told The Washington Post. “Or have they been stable in their career for the past several years? In that case, maybe we should present simply new opportunities at the same level.”

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So if you keep seeing recommendations to apply for a position you already have in a different company, consider it a hint to get out of your performance rut. If you see recommendations for more senior posts, maybe it’s time to ask for a raise—or apply for one of those more ambitious jobs.

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