Earlier this year, not so subtle changes were unveiled on LinkedIn, and many found (and still find) the new interface difficult to navigate. Technology changes are frequent and inevitable, but nonetheless frustrating. Not to worry, though, with a little practice and instruction, you can use the new interface for your job search just as easily as you did before the changes.
Among other changes, the homepage, Advanced Search, and messaging functions have undergone facelifts. Below, we’ll take a look at some of the changes and show you how to maximize your job search with the new interface.
The new LinkedIn homepage is meant to be more intuitive, offering you a “big picture” view of your timeline and stats and offering suggestions for connections (remind you of any other social media platform? Facebook maybe?)
Let’s take a look at where everything is now:
This is a quick view of what your personal profile looks like and some statistics. Included is your photo, tagline, how many people have viewed your profile recently, and how many connections you have. You can click on each of these sections to provide you more info. For example, clicking on your photo will bring you to your profile. Clicking on the number of people that have viewed your profile will bring you to a detailed account of who’s looked at it.
- The new search bar. You can use this to search for a person, business, or job. Simply type in the name of the company, person, or job title, and you will be taken to a list of results.
- The toolbar. From the toolbar, you can access the “address book” with your network contacts, a jobs (more on this below) page, messaging, and your notifications. You’ll also notice a “Me” tab. Clicking on this tab will take you to your account settings and LinkedIn’s help pages.
- The status update. Here you can post updates, photos, and links, which will be viewable to your network. You can post here that you’re looking for a job or share links or photos you think your network might find useful. Remember, LinkedIn is the social network for business professionals so you’ll want to limit what you share to professional information.
- The timeline. Here’ you’ll see what your network is sharing. You can view their status updates, links, and photos here.
- Who to follow. In this section, LinkedIn suggests people you might be interested in following based on an algorithm that analyzes your profile, connections, and updates.
- Messaging bar. Much like the Facebook messaging app, you can use this to send instant messages to your network or other people you’ve recently been in contact with via LinkedIn. This allows you to correspond with them in real time.
The Jobs Tab
LinkedIn’s new jobs tab is actually quite useful and provides you a big picture view of jobs you’re qualified for based on information in your profile. LinkedIn suggests jobs you’re qualified for based on your tagline and previous work experience, as well as where you’re located.
If you’re a premium member, LinkedIn will also show you which jobs you’re most qualified for in your area. You can also use the search bar at the top of the page to search for specific jobs by location and title.
One of the most useful tools LinkedIn offers for people or job searching is the Advanced Search option. When the interface changed, many thought it disappeared, but the tool is still available.
To get to it, use the search bar on the homepage to search for a certain job title or person. Once you do this, you’ll be taken to a page that looks like the example below:
If you’re looking for a job, first click the “see all jobs” option, and then use the Advanced Search tool on the left of the page to narrow your search.
Once you’ve played around with the new interface, using LinkedIn is still a great way to conduct your job search. Have you used the new interface?