LinkedIn has always been the social media platform of choice for professionals. Compared to its glitzy, chatty, and lively cousins like Facebook and Twitter, it has always had a rather serious tone.
New LinkedIn Updates to Know for 2017
- LinkedIn has made it easier for you to easily prioritize your experience section. Now, you can highlight the position you deem to be more important for, perhaps, the new job you are applying for. All you need to do is drag and drop them into the order you want. You can do the same with your volunteer and education sections.
- Ever had a LinkedIn contact pop up in an update or a message, and their name has you scratching your head in confusion? Now you can easily determine exactly when you first met. In the LinkedIn Connections service you can go to a connection’s profile and click on “Contact and Personal Info” you can see when you two first connected.
- In response to requests, LinkedIn has expanded desktop profiles. You can now see more information on positions you’ve held—both past and present—your profile will better display your work history with all your achievements on full display. Now, you can easily see the groups you’ve joined, your recommendations, and your saved searches.
(Imagine how much more impressive it would look with a couple hundred more of our LinkedIn endorsements!)
- LinkedIn has added a quick-reply option to your messaging so that you can quickly acknowledge a message without breaking your stride.
- A picture is worth a thousand words—and LinkedIn has given way to say all those words by inserting a picture directly into your messages. This feature also comes in handy for when you have to insert a pie chart right into the middle of that next-level economics comment you just made—to clear things up a bit.
While the platform has of recently been undergoing a major facelift, there wasn’t too much said about it. But, even if the news flew under most radars, you will be pleasantly surprised to know that even more goodies have been unleashed on an unsuspecting public.
Updated profile customization
Not all of us are lucky enough to put bread on the table by holding down a single job. These are the times of the hustler who juggles two or, even more, jobs. While your LinkedIn profile has always accommodated all your jobs and experiences, it was a bit tough arranging which position came first or last.
Now, LinkedIn has made it easier for you to easily prioritize your experience section to highlight the position you deem to be more important for, perhaps, the new job you are applying for. All you need to do is drag and drop them into the order you want. You can do the same with your volunteer and education sections.
It isn’t rare that you look at a contact or follower’s profile and wonder when and how you two first connected. Well, now you no longer have to scratch your head in confusion. With the new connection history you will know exactly when it all first “went down.” That’s a big help because things can get a bit bleary if you often use our LinkedIn Connections service to boost your profile on LinkedIn.
If you go to the connection’s profile and click on “Contact and Personal Info” you can see when you two first connected. That piece of information will come in handy when you need to reach out on a professional level.
Expanded profiles on desktops
In response to requests, LinkedIn has also made it easier to see an expanded view that now shows all of your important details. The view was discontinued, but has found its way back. For one, you can see more information on positions you’ve held – both at present and in the past. You can also see the Groups you’ve joined as well as your recommendations. Finally, you can also see your saved searches.
In short, your profile will better display your work history with all your achievements on full display. Imagine how much more impressive it would look with a couple hundred more of our LinkedIn endorsements that you can easily add for that extra “Ooomph!”
Admitted, this too isn’t a new feature, but LinkedIn has added a quick reply option to your messaging. You know, for when you’re in a rush or in the middle of a meeting and you need to quickly acknowledge a message without appearing to be too distracted. You can now send out quick messages on the go without breaking your stride.
We’ve saved the best for last. There are moments when you want to comment on something someone has said and set out to do so. Yet, no matter how many words you use, sometimes, you just can say it well enough.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, you now you have a way to say all those words by inserting a picture directly into your messages. This feature also comes in handy for when you have to insert a pie chart right into the middle of that crazy economics comment you just made – to clear things up a bit.
Go on over and shine professionally on LinkedIn
With these, and all the other features that LinkedIn has been silently adding, it has actually become quite a great experience to hang out on the platform after all your hustling has been done for the day. If they continue this way, LinkedIn might actually become a fun place to hang out as you glean serious information about your profession and industry.