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Recent Changes to LinkedIn

Social Media in Job Search

Question:

I heard there’s a new version of LinkedIn. How is it different?

Answer:

LinkedIn is trying to make its product more mobile-friendly. Many job seekers are doing most of their search on their phones these days, and so are many recruiters and hiring managers. The new version of LinkedIn still works fine on a laptop or desktop computer, but is much easier than the old version to view on a smartphone.

All the same stuff is there that has been there, but it’s hidden in different places (just as it is when any program rolls out a new version.) You won’t see as much information right up front as you used to; but there are many places where you can click on “See More,” and all will be revealed.
There is more information in the right-hand column than there used to be. Many of the pieces of your profile that you’ll want to edit are in a box to the right, such as your LinkedIn URL.

There are a few factors that many LinkedIn users don’t much like. The Endorsements section that used to show tiny photos of everyone who endorsed your skills has changed: now we see a number that shows how many others endorsed you. You can click on the number, however, and the pictures appear, along with their headlines.

LinkedIn has also taken away the flexibility to move sections of your profile around as you please. Now the sections are permanently affixed in a way that LinkedIn assumes will suit most users.

And this isn’t the end of it. No doubt LinkedIn will continue to tweak various factors continually, as they always have.

If you’re not familiar with LinkedIn, or how to use it to enhance your job search, you want to be. Check the FCWS Calendar to see when the next LinkedIn Connection class will be held.

LinkedIn is still the great tool for job search that it’s always been. It’s changed, yes, and it will take some time to get used to. Take some time to play with it. In six months, we’ll probably wonder how we ever functioned with the old version.

About the Author

Beth Davis-Reinhold

Beth Davis-Reinhold is an instructor at Frederick County Workforce Services, where she has worked for over 20 years. She teaches job search seminars and basic computer skills. She is a Certified Professional Resume Writer, and is Internet and Computing Core Certified (IC3). Beth has been a member of Toastmasters International for more than 15 years, and is an Advanced Communicator Silver. A graduate of Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, Beth has also studied American Sign Language for many years. In addition to many sundry projects for FCWS, Beth writes its “Ask the Career Coach” blog.