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Up and Running with LinkedIn

Exploring the new home screen and navigation bar


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Up and Running with LinkedIn

with Richard Colback

Video: Exploring the new home screen and navigation bar

LinkedIn, just recently rolled out a simplified and streamline version of its navigation bar. This is found at the top of every page and has all seven modified to partially fold away as you scroll down or to reappear as you hover over this location. In the top half of the navigation bar is a logo. Clicking on the logo will always bring you back to the home screen. The search bar is now central and can be used for any type of search. You're not required to select people, jobs, companies, or other as these results will automatically be shown in a list below.
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  1. 16m 8s
    1. Welcome
      50s
    2. How we recorded this course
      2m 26s
    3. Overview of the updated interface
      26s
    4. Exploring the new home screen and navigation bar
      4m 9s
    5. Exploring the new contacts page
      4m 19s
    6. Using the new search dialog
      3m 58s
  2. 7m 19s
    1. Understanding LinkedIn
      2m 56s
    2. Considering account levels
      1m 44s
    3. Signing up with LinkedIn
      2m 39s
  3. 14m 42s
    1. Exploring the homepage
      2m 29s
    2. Profile: The Highlights and Summary sections
      2m 28s
    3. Profile: Reviewing work experience and education
      2m 30s
    4. Profile: Additional profile information
      1m 16s
    5. Understanding connections
      1m 42s
    6. Understanding groups
      1m 47s
    7. Looking at jobs and companies
      2m 30s
  4. 18m 9s
    1. Building your profile, starting with the highlights
      5m 3s
    2. The Personal Summary section
      1m 26s
    3. Adding your work experience and education
      2m 41s
    4. Joining groups
      2m 45s
    5. Understanding the difference between a public and private profile
      1m 39s
    6. Exploring the Skills and Expertise section
      2m 52s
    7. The Professional Gallery
      1m 43s
  5. 32m 5s
    1. Understanding why connecting is powerful
      4m 18s
    2. Selecting an appropriate networking approach: Open vs. closed
      3m 6s
    3. Reviewing connection settings
      4m 37s
    4. Accepting and sending invitations and messages
      3m 54s
    5. Connecting with people you might know
      1m 24s
    6. Recommending
      4m 1s
    7. Exploring endorsements
      3m 52s
    8. Connecting via groups
      2m 42s
    9. Looking at network statistics
      2m 27s
    10. Alumni groups
      1m 44s
  6. 8m 32s
    1. Finding appropriate groups
      2m 53s
    2. Joining groups and setting options
      3m 18s
    3. Following group etiquette
      2m 21s
  7. 14m 51s
    1. Deciding to start a group
      2m 1s
    2. Comparing public and private groups
      2m 18s
    3. Setting options for your group
      4m 13s
    4. Building your group membership
      2m 34s
    5. Managing your group
      3m 45s
  8. 23m 20s
    1. What to do when looking for jobs on LinkedIn
      2m 13s
    2. The Linkedin Jobs section
      4m 3s
    3. Finding job listings in groups
      2m 29s
    4. Following companies and getting job alerts
      3m 21s
    5. Using keywords in your profile for career development
      3m 43s
    6. Monitoring your network stats to know where to make adjustments
      2m 30s
    7. Using buttons, service provider listings, and paid options
      2m 4s
    8. Alumni groups and veterans listings
      2m 57s
  9. 3m 2s
    1. Engaging through group discussions and news
      3m 2s
  10. 9m 51s
    1. Completing your profile
      3m 30s
    2. Editing your profile to stay relevant
      2m 38s
    3. Managing your settings
      3m 43s
  11. 5m 33s
    1. Android
      3m 12s
    2. iPad
      2m 21s
  12. 1m 12s
    1. Next steps
      1m 12s

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Up and Running with LinkedIn
2h 34m Beginner Jan 30, 2013 Updated Jul 25, 2013

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Join author Richard Colback as he shows you how to get started with the world's largest professional networking site, LinkedIn. The course demonstrates how to build a profile that will get the attention of employers, recruiters, fellow professionals, and potential clients. Richard walks you through creating an account, adding pertinent information such as skills and work experience, making connections and joining groups, accessing LinkedIn from apps, and monitoring your stats to continuously build a better profile. Along the way, learn to grow your personal brand and become a more visible community member by participating in group discussions, asking and answering questions, and engaging in other ways that add to your profile's integrity.

Topics include:
  • Signing up
  • Adding work experience and education to your profile
  • Accepting and sending invitations and messages
  • Finding and joining groups
  • Starting your own group
  • Following companies and getting job alerts
  • Using keywords in your profile for career development
  • Managing LinkedIn settings
Subjects:
Business Online Marketing Social Networks Career Development Social Media Marketing SEO
Software:
LinkedIn
Author:
Richard Colback

Exploring the new home screen and navigation bar

LinkedIn, just recently rolled out a simplified and streamline version of its navigation bar. This is found at the top of every page and has all seven modified to partially fold away as you scroll down or to reappear as you hover over this location. In the top half of the navigation bar is a logo. Clicking on the logo will always bring you back to the home screen. The search bar is now central and can be used for any type of search. You're not required to select people, jobs, companies, or other as these results will automatically be shown in a list below.

Across from this, we now have an icon of an envelope. This is where your new messages will be shown. And by clicking on this, you'll be taken through to the message section of LinkedIn. Next to the Message icon is the Notifications icon. By hovering over this, you get a drop-down to show activities around your profile, such as new connections or people who've been viewing your profile. The next icon allows you to add connections, and by dropping down you can select either enter email addresses or import information from Hotmail, Yahoo, or Gmail.

Finally, in the top right-hand corner is a small picture that's taken from your profile. The drop-down beneath this allows you to access your account and settings. You can sign out from your account, review tutorials on how to use your account more effectively, manage any job postings you've placed on LinkedIn, manage your company page if you're an administrator or manager of the company page itself, change your languages and review and adjust your privacy and settings.

In the bottom half of the navigation bar, is the series of links. Starting from the left-hand side, we have the Home link, which will take you back to the home page. Next to this, is a profile drop-down. By clicking on the word Profile, it will take you to your profile. If you wish to edit it, you need to drop-down to edit profile or select edit profile from profile itself. Across from this is the Network link, with three drop down options. To go in and manage your contacts, another link to add connections, and one to go in and find alumni.

A link's been added specifically for jobs. And this will bring you into a streamlined screen, where you can search for job or review jobs you may be interested in that have been recommended by LinkedIn. Finally, there's an Interests link. Clicking on the Interests link itself will take you to another screen, however, you can drop down to select Companies, Groups, or Influences. Influences now has a more prominent placing, increasing social activity and communication.

Influences has now been given a more prominent placement. This is in line with LinkedIn's policy towards increasing social activity and communication amongst its members. You may have noticed that skills are no longer directly accessed from the navigation bar. You'll now need to find skills by entering a search term and selecting the keyword from skill section of the results. This'll take you through to the section where you can review the definition of the skill along with related companies, related locations, and so on. You could also type in www.linkedin.com/skills to take you through to the homepage of skills and expertise.

This change makes the processes longer, and it's one of the few changes that has made things more complex. However, I expect the future updates will address this. Finally, some additional options have been added to the update bar, allowing you to add rich media to updates either on personal pages or company's pages, as well as your profiles. You can do this by selecting to attach a file and selecting the file from your desktop or another location. These navigation bar changes make access to the site, your settings, and personal updates simpler and quicker for you to complete.

The updates in the search bar have also made searching and reviewing a short list of results on LinkedIn from both personal profiles, as well as groups and companies much faster.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Up and Running with LinkedIn.


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Q: This course was updated on 07/25/2013. What changed?
A: We added four new movies explaining recent changes to the interface of LinkedIn, covering the updated home screen, navigation bar, contacts page, and search dialogue. No functionality has changed, and the instructions in the course remain applicable to the new interface.
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