Join Justin Seeley for an in-depth discussion in this video Exploring the LinkedIn mobile apps, part of Up and Running with LinkedIn.
- LinkedIn isn't just a desktop product they actually have several different mobile applications that you can use in order to further your LinkedIn networking while you're on the go. In this movie I'll be exploring the various LinkedIn applications that you have available to you. Now I'm of course doing this on IOS, but the LinkedIn mobile apps are available on other platforms as well. Let's start off with the regular LinkedIn app here on the top left. When I tap on that it's going to launch up and ask me to sign in, so what I'll do here is just sign in using my email address, so I'll type out email@example.com, and made a little spelling mistake there no big deal, go back and get that fixed, and then type out my password, and then we'll tap on sign in.
Once you've done that it's going to attempt to sign you into the LinkedIn ecosystem. If it requires you to sign in using two step verification you can do that, and then type in the code it gives you, and then click verify. Once you do that it's going to take you back and log you in. It'll say welcome and your name, and then it will go through the tour. If you want to go through the tour you can click continue, or in the bottom right just tap on skip. We'll just skip through all of these, and then we'll tap done, and we'll hit I'm done again.
That's going to take me to the mobile application so that I can see everything that's going on. As you can see, it's basically just the LinkedIn interface shrunken down. You see your newsfeed here that you can scroll through. You can see all the different stories from the influencers and colleagues and connections that you have. You can go over here to the top left hand corner, and tap to see information like home, your profile, people you may know, connections, jobs, companies, groups, and even access the pulse. At the bottom here, you have the ability to add a shortcut to specific areas of LinkedIn, you can try premium, and you can go into your account settings.
It's actually a pretty complete mobile application that gives you just about all of the access you need to LinkedIn while you're on the go. For instance, if I tap on my profile look at all the information that I get here. I can see a lot of different stuff. I can refresh it by pulling down. I can see people who have viewed my profile there at the top. I can go through and I can edit individual pieces of my profile. I can see the amount of people that have viewed my profile. I can see my recent activity by tapping there. Go back, it's really a complete look at my entire LinkedIn profile which is really super neat.
In the top right hand corner I can tap those three dots, and I can choose to forward that profile or simply cancel. The search feature on the mobile app works much the same as it does on the website as well. You can search people, jobs, companies, or even groups, tapping cancel will take you right back to where you were. If you want to return back to the home screen tap the little in icon, and then go home. You'll also notice that when you tap that left hand icon you have the ability to access your messages, also your notifications, and any connection request that you might have.
Those are all the icons right across the top there, and then tapping of course home always brings you back to your newsfeed, which you can refresh by pulling down just like that. Now let's go out, and let's take a look at some of the other mobile applications. LinkedIn jobs, this is a specific app just for job searches, and it says take the next step in your LinkedIn career. You can see at the bottom it says start your job search, or you can sign in as another LinkedIn user, so it automatically recognizes that I'm signed in on the regular LinkedIn mobile app. Then I can choose start my job search simply by doing that.
I'll allow them to access my location, hit OK to allow them to send me push notifications, and then I can enter in information like graphic designer, hit done. Let's do a search in Los Angeles, California, and then once I have Los Angeles typed out there I'll hit search. That's going to return back any results that it has with Los Angeles and graphic designer as the keyword.
If you didn't catch it before watch what happens when I tap this arrow at the top left hand corner. Look at the bottom of the screen, do you see where it says LDC Sales? Remember our saved search from earlier? I can tap on that and it's automatically going to return those results from that search that we performed earlier, and allow me to see any new results that have been posted since the last time I searched it. I can then tap that arrow at the top left again to go back, and I can do another search. At the bottom of the screen you'll notice four different icons, Search, Discover which allows you to go through and see jobs that you might be interested in.
You can also track things like if you've checked on any jobs, any jobs you've saved, or any jobs that you've applied for, and then finally you can see any notifications here. It says you'll start to get notifications when you save searches, save jobs, and apply for jobs. Basically, if positions are filled, taken off the market, or put on the market, you'll get notifications of those here. That's the jobs search app it's very specific, but if you're looking for a job this is a great way to go about it especially if you're out walking around and you have your mobile device with you.
Now let's take a look at something called Pulse which should be pretty familiar. It's basically the LinkedIn Pulse section of the website in one really neat application. You can see at the bottom I can continue as Kramer, or if I'm not Kramer I can be logged in as someone else. In this case I'll continue as Kramer, and that's going to take me in, and based on the interest and influencers that I have followed on LinkedIn it's going to populate my newsfeed with meaningful content based on my interests. After a short little intro here, all you have to do is tap on Start Reading, and you'll be able to view all of the different pieces of news that LinkedIn thinks correspond to the interest and influencers that you have added to your profile.
You can see here things like economy, design, higher education, entertainment, social media, those are the things that I have checked when I went into the Pulse section on the LinkedIn website. I can also tap that circle at the very top to go all the way up, I can pull down to refresh, and I can go over here to this little icon to see who I am, and any articles that I might have saved. Can tap done to get out of there, and then I can go in and if I have anything like a list I could view that at the top, or I could create a new list by tapping New.
I could say things like interesting things, hit done and now I go in and I say let's put design in there, higher education and social media and hit done. Now, I've filtered out only those results into that one little interesting things box. You can create as many of those as you want. At the bottom you'll notice a big blue bar that says find more to follow. That's going to allow you to go in and follow more news sources and topics. If I want to follow things like Mashable or BBC News, or if I want to dig into something like the news channels I can go in here and just start adding individual news sources.
Tap back and I go back to this section, and then tap done whenever I'm done. Those new sources will then be added into my Pulse, and I'll be able to go through them on a daily basis here on the LinkedIn mobile application. Since I travel a lot for my job this is where I get a lot of the news that I consume when I'm on the go, because this interface is so clean and easy to access it makes it super easy and fun to browse all of the different articles that I want to read while I'm on the go. Now let's take one final look at something called Connected.
Connected is another app that tells you it's the best way to keep in touch with your network. If you swipe across this it's going to say, just five minutes a day can help build stronger relationships, and you get the right info about your network at all the right times. Again, you have the option of continuing as yourself, or signing in as someone else. I'll click continue, and that's going to take me here. It's going to say swipe to see people you might want to connect with. I'll swipe over, and let's enable notifications, hit OK, and it's going to ask me to sync my contacts.
I'm going to skip that for now, I can also sync my calendar, I'll skip that for now as well, and then let's swipe up to dismiss that card, and then it also gives me the option to rate or give it feedback. I'm going to skip that for now, because I just started using it. Now all I have to do is come in here, and I can pull down at the top, and I can see my contacts at the top. I can also click the X to exit that, and then it'll tell me down here at the bottom I can swipe to see people I might want to connect with. It says soon I'll start seeing updates about my network, so basically this is going to populate as I get more people in my network.
For now there's not a whole lot to be seen in here, but basically if you were using this and you had a lot of different connections it would show you updates, like people's birthdays, when they get a new job that kind of thing, and you can quickly and easily reply to those, say congratulations, like it, share it, etcetera. It's a great way to get individualized attention to all the contacts on your contact list with important events that might happen in their life. It's a great way to show that you're listening and that you care. Well, that's going to wrap up our look at the LinkedIn mobile apps. Again, this is a great opportunity for you to use the LinkedIn ecosystem no matter where you are in the world.
I highly recommend that you download these, and start using them in your everyday networking process.
- What makes a LinkedIn profile stand out?
- Adding work experience and education to your profile
- Finding and adding contacts
- Sending messages
- Sharing status updates and content from the web
- Asking for, and providing, recommendations
- Interacting with companies
- Finding a job on LinkedIn
- Starting and growing a group
- Managing your account