The study found that distant acquaintances are more likely to help you get your next job than close friends

Why it’s good to expand your social circle: A study of LinkedIn connections shows that distant acquaintances are more likely to help you land your next job than close friends

  • Researchers studied data from 20 million LinkedIn users over a five-year period
  • During that time, they found that 600,000 new jobs were created
  • Some users have received more recommendations from distant acquaintances
  • Others received more recommendations from close friends
  • The results revealed that weaker relationships increased the likelihood of job mobility more than others

When it comes to finding a job, you might consider asking your close friends for help.

But a new study suggests that targeting your friends’ friends may be a better bet.

MIT researchers studied LinkedIn connections and found that distant acquaintances are more likely to help you land your next job than close friends.

MIT researchers studied LinkedIn connections and found that distant acquaintances are more likely to help you land your next job than close friends.

The ‘quiet take off’ trend makes employees better at their jobs

‘Quite quiet quitting’ is a trend that has taken over TikTok in recent weeks, with Gen Z workers doing minimal work to avoid burnout.

This trend has been largely criticized by experts, with one describing it as a “short-term fix”.

However, a new study suggests that this trend may make employees better at their jobs.

Researchers from West University of Timioara found that taking small breaks can boost energy and reduce fatigue at work.

‘Micro breaks are effective in maintaining high levels of activity and relieving fatigue,’ the researchers wrote in their study published in PLOS ONE.

In the study, the team set out to assess the impact of social media on the job market.

The “Strength of Weak Ties,” one of the most influential social theories of the past 100 years, asserts that dysregulated relationships – known as weak ties – are more beneficial to employment, promotions and wages than strong ties, explained Professor Sinan Aral.

Although there have been more than 65,000 citations in the past 50 years, there have been no extensive empirical causal tests of this theory as it relates to employment.

The strength of the weak bond theory was first proposed by Mark Granoveter in 1973.

It is based on the idea that weak links allow distant groups of people to access new information that can lead to new opportunities.

In the new study, researchers set out to understand whether the strength of the weak links theory would be useful in creating new job opportunities across LinkedIn.

Their study included data from more than 20 million LinkedIn users over a five-year period, during which 600,000 new jobs were created.

The researchers randomly assigned some LinkedIn users to receive more recommendations from their distant acquaintances, while others received recommendations from close friends.

The results revealed that weaker relationships increased the likelihood of job mobility more than others.

Based on the results, the researchers suggest that people looking for jobs should expand their social networks beyond their immediate friendship circle (stored image)

Based on the results, the researchers suggest that people looking for jobs should expand their social networks beyond their immediate friendship circle (stored image)

Professor Ivor Boginov, author of the study, said: “Our results show that the greatest functional mobility comes from the rather weak connections – the social connections between connections and the very weakest links for average relationship strength.”

The researchers also looked at how this effect occurs across different industries.

They found that weak links in particular led to more applications in information technology, machine learning and artificial intelligence.

“The effect of the strength of weak links was true on average, but was stronger for jobs in more digital industries,” said Professor Eric Brynjolfsson, co-author of the study.

Based on the findings, the researchers suggest that people looking for jobs should expand their social networks outside of their immediate friendship circle.

“Weak links on social networks can be a very useful part of managing your career, promotions, advancement and even pay,” Professor Aral added.

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