Have you gotten dizzy yet with all of the changes on LinkedIn? It seems every time you turn around something is new, or at least altered. Here’s a quick guide to what’s been happening.
It’s okay to be a show off – your profile can be a portfolio
Soon, if not already, you’ll be able to add media links to your profile. Consider uploading that most recent PowerPoint, showing off your new YouTube video or linking to other examples of your work. Besides the obvious tools like SlideShare, you can also use resources such as Google Docs to help. For example, in my profile I used Google Docs to create a summary of a conference that I co-chaired, including inserting pictures. On LinkedIn I added a “Project,” which gives the overview of the conference, and then is linked right to my Google Docs page.
Do you have this functionality yet? This screen shot shows you what it looks like to have access to add media links. If, in edit mode, your screen has a blue box with a plus sign, right next to the blue pencil, then you can now add these links.
Add all-kinds-of-things to your updates
Want to add an image, presentation, or even a Word document to an update? The latest LinkedIn changes will allow this newly enhanced form of sharing, from the LinkedIn Homepage. It will be rolling out over the next few weeks. Just think, while speaking at a conference, standing up at the podium, you could have your picture taken and share an update about the session while including this photo. Or, while at your organizations big annual fundraiser, you snap a photo of your amazing guest speaker and post an update about the event’s success. Keeping with the appeal of all things visual, consider attaching an image along with your favorite quote. For more details check out the LinkedIn Blog.
Navigation bar changes – oh man, I can’t find what I need
LinkedIn has changed the way you now navigate and access links. And, unfortunately, in some cases, you have to go to a new URL to access the content you want. For full details about this change, see LinkedIn Navigation Bar.
Skills and Experience – Go to http://www.linkedin.com/skills/
Students and Alumni – Go to LinkedIn Alumni at http://www.linkedin.com/college/
Polls – Go to polls http://polls.linkedin.com/ or share polls within a group
Signal – Go to http://www.linkedin.com/signal
Have you ever used Signal?
This tool, in the old navigation bar, could be found under the News section. Now you’ll need to go direct, as mentioned above, to http://www.linkedin.com/signal. While this isn’t a new tool, I’m not sure how many people know about it. Signal is a great method for searching other people’s updates by keyword. Let’s say you are looking for a new job in supply chain. Go to Signal and in the drop down menu type in “supply chain hiring”. What you’ll see are the “updates” from your connections. You can choose connection levels of 1st, 2nd, or 3rd and everyone , in the box on the left.
LinkedIn contacts – a new way to track your connections
This new web and app based tool will help you to pull together your email, calendar and mobile address book all in one. As of June 2013, this product feature was in limited release and, after further testing, will eventually be available for everyone. For more details, see the Mashable blog and information from the LinkedIn Help Center.
CheckIn – coming soon to a career fair near you
This is a new app from LinkedIn to help recruiters gather candidate information on the spot. By this fall, you could be seeing recruiters using this tool at career fairs. You might just walk up to a potential employer and the first thing they have you do is register on the CheckIn app. This will allow them to have your contact details and be able easily access your LinkedIn profile. Here’s a blog that that will give you more details, Linkedin Launches CheckIn.
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Keep Current with LinkedIn
One of the best ways to keep up with all their changes is to read the LinkedIn Blog.