Have you received the new LinkedIn look yet? If not, then get ready!
According to LinkedIn, this is the “next generation of LinkedIn’s desktop experience.” To see some of the Frequently asked questions about the new look, click here!
What’s changed with LinkedIn’s new version….
If you didn’t know better, you would think you were on Facebook. It does have many of the same elements as the older version but also looks a bit cleaner.
The box to the left is a smaller version of your profile and cover photo along with your name and headline. You will also notice two numbers – the first one is how many people have viewed your profile and the second one is how many views you received from your last post or article.
At the very top of the page, you will see the status box. Here you can share an article, photo or update. You may notice that when you click on the box to write a status update, you have the option to tag people in your post by using the @ sign (just like the other social media profiles). You also have the option to make your post Public, Public + share to your Twitter, or share just to your Connections.
If you want to publish a post, then click on Write an article (my favorite tool). LinkedIn will then open a new page. For more guidance on this, read my blog post “Publishing Posts on LinkedIn” here.
Below the status box, is your News Feed. Just like before, you will see posts from your connections and pages you follow as well as when your connections have liked or commented on something. If you click on the three dots at the top right of each post, you will be able to Copy link to post, Hide this post, Unfollow that person or page, and Report this post.
- Search – you can search for people, jobs, companies, posts, and more. You can click any of the suggestions that appear in the drop-down list as you type or submit your search to see the full results.
- Home – will always take you back to your news feed
- My Network – shows you any invitations that are waiting for you to accept or ignore as well as people you may know. On the left-hand side, you will see the number of connections you have. You can click on See all to see all of your connections. Once on that page, you can view your connections by Recently added, First name or Last name. There is also a Search option where you can type the name of the person you are looking for or a keyword.
- Jobs – you can view any Saved Jobs or Applied Jobs as well as see any jobs you may be interested in. If you click on LinkedIn Salary, you are taken to a page where you can “Discover your earning potential” by entering your Job Title and Location. Here is where you can also post a job.
- Messaging – this brings you to your Inbox for your messages. You can filter by All Messages, Archived, My Connections, Unread, InMail, or Blocked. By clicking the pencil at the top left, you can compose a new message.
- Notifications – you can see when people engage with you or your content. You will also see when a connection gets a new job, has a work anniversary or birthday.
- Me – here is where a lot of features are buried (see 1st image below) – you can view your profile, if you have a free account, they give you the option to try Premium for free, edit your Settings & Privacy, get help at their Help Center, change your Language, manage Job postings and Company & Showcase Pages. You also have the option to Sign-out.
- Work – another place where LinkedIn has hidden different options (see 2nd image below) – Advertise, Learning (courses and learning materials), Post a job, access your Groups, find a professional to help you through ProFinder, figure out your Salary (see number 4), search for people that work in the same company as yours through Lookup, and access your SlidShare account. You can also access LinkedIn’s business services as well as Create a Company Page.
- Advertise – opens a new page where you can advertise on LinkedIn
This has received a major makeover, and I’m still trying to get used to it.
By clicking on the pencil next to the three dots you can edit your Intro. Here you can add or change your profile picture, your name, headline, add a new position, add new education, enter your country, zip code and location within an area, pick your industry, enter your summary, and add media to your summary. Once done, click Save.
If you need to add a new section to your profile, click on the blue box to the right and select which option you need to add.
By clicking on Edit your public profile, you are able to edit your LinkedIn URL (the link you would give to people to connect with you).
Next, you will see numbers showing you how many people have viewed your profile and how many people have viewed your most recent share.
The next box shows you your most recent activity, such as articles you have written and your engagement on LinkedIn (liking a post, commenting, and sharing an update). If you click on See all activity, you will be brought to a page where it shows you everything you have done on LinkedIn. If you click on Articles, it will show you all of the articles you have written, Posts will show you all of your status updates, and All activity shows you a chronological timeline of all of your engagement (likes and comments). On the right-hand side you will see Influencers you are following, Companies you are following, Schools you are following, and Groups you are a member of.
Underneath that is your Experience. Here you can edit what you already have and add new job positions. Depending on how you have your profile organized and the sections you have added to your profile, you will see your Education, Volunteer Experience, Featured Skills & Endorsements, Recommendations, Accomplishments (publications, organizations you are a part of, honors & awards, projects you are working on, & language), and who you are following.
On the right-hand side, you can click to see your connections and edit your Contact and Personal Info (edit your profile URL, add your website, phone, address, Twitter handle, and your birthday).
If you’ve noticed, you are also able to add a background photo (cover photo). The specs for this should be 1000 x 425 pixels.
♦ Just a note ♦
Don’t confuse the number of followers you have and the number of connections you have. The number of followers includes your 1st-degree connections as well as people who have chosen to follow you. The number of connections you have is 1st-degree connections only.
I would love to hear your thoughts on the new look. Comment below with your likes and dislikes.