LinkedIn refers to itself as a “professional social network,” most users also use it as a job hunting website. Its no secret that people try landing jobs through the site, employers looking to hire new talent often reach out candidates themselves. Conventional jobs require that the employee be paid, but what if someone is looking for talent that would be willing to work pro-bono? What if someone willingly wants to work for a non-profit for free but doesn’t know where to look? LinkedIn Volunteer Marketplace solves that question.
LinkedIn Volunteer Marketplace is a simple way to connect nonprofits and professions who don’t know where to find each other. According to LinkedIn’s data, more than 600,000 members have signaled that they would be interested in skill-based volunteering or serving on a nonprofit board for no compensation, it also reveals that over three million members have added the “Volunteer and Causes” section to their profiles, indicating their willingness to work pro-bono. LinkedIn wants to ensure that volunteer opportunities posted in the Marketplace are high quality, which is why it has partnered up with trusted organizations such as VolunteerMatch, BoardSource, Taproot Foundation and Catchafire to ensure that members don’t waste their time with an opportunity that might never materialize.