Take a tour of key features of LinkedIn, including My Network, Messaging, Notifications, and Settings.
- [Narrator] With over 450 million users, LinkedIn is the world's largest social network for professionals. It's your digital resume, a networking event, and a source of news and inspiration all on one online platform. Profiles on LinkedIn are often amongst the first search results when you search for a professional in Google. I want to show you an example of this. I'm going to navigate over to Google, and if I go ahead and type in my name and then hit Enter, you'll notice that the first result here in the search engine is actually my LinkedIn profile.
So this gives me both visibility and credibility when people type in my name, perhaps after meeting at a conference, or a networking event. Now I'll close this out. And go back to my LinkedIn homepage. From here, I want to show you how to navigate LinkedIn, and show you some of the different features and functions. If I click on the LinkedIn icon in the upper left corner, it will always bring me back to my newsfeed, which provides customized content, specifically for you, based on your positions, interests, connections, groups, viewing history, and more.
Next to this, I have the newly-improved search bar, which allows you to search for jobs, schools, companies, people, and more. For instance, here, if I search for one of my coworkers, Garrick Chow, I can easily find him and access his account by going into that search bar. Now, over to the right on the navigation bar, we can see several different things. First, I can click on my home, which is where I'm currently at. After that, I can click on My Network, and this will show me, not only the invitations that I've received to connect with people, but it shows me recommendations of people I may know, and may want to connect to, based on LinkedIn's algorithm of who they think matches up well.
I can also see my different connections over here, and if I click on this, I can access them, and send them messages directly from this page. Now, back up to the top, I can click on the Jobs icon, and this allows me to find jobs, so I can see jobs that LinkedIn thinks that I'll be interested in, I can click on them, learn more, and even apply right here on the platform. If I click Messaging, it allows me to see my messages. So in here, I can send messages back and forth to my connections. Now, a new feature is the added chat-like messaging that's included on LinkedIn.
If I navigate to the bottom here, and click on Messaging, it opens up this new feature. So if I wanted to communicate with my coworker Willem, I could click this, and it offers an opportunity for me to use a more chat-like feature in which I can send messages back and forth in real time. I'll close that out for now and minimize this. To the right of this, we have notifications. If I click here, it let's me know when people have liked posts that I have. It let's me know when I have birthdays or work anniversaries and other things like that.
And it allows you to send them messages right from here. To the right of this, we have my profile, as well as a dropdown with different account settings, such as, Settings & Privacy, Premium subscription settings, Help Center, and more. To the right of this, I have some different options, and this will look a little bit different depending on your subscription type. I do have a premium subscription, so I may have more icons in here than you have, and you may have a different type of premium subscription that has other icons that I don't have.
To the right of this, I can access LinkedIn Learning, which is one of my favorite features, but one that comes with a premium subscription. Now, I'm going to go back to my profile. If I click here and then click on View Profile, this is kind of the meat'n'potatoes of my LinkedIn experience. So this is where I can go in and add in my profile picture, my headline, I can add in my description and summary, my work experience, and much more. So this has become my online digital resume, and something that has been extremely valuable to me.
So there's a quick look at the LinkedIn platform and how to navigate it. Now, let's get started with learning about how to take advantage of all these features and functions.
- Creating an effective LinkedIn profile
- Configuring a public profile and profile URL
- Finding and adding connections
- Exploring messages
- Navigating LinkedIn Groups
- Following companies and influencers
- Exploring the feed
- Publishing articles
- Configuring privacy settings
- Exploring account types
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 02/16/2018. What changed?
A: New videos were added that cover exploring company insights and improving your search on LinkedIn.