Join Justin Seeley for an in-depth discussion in this video Integrating your LinkedIn profile with Mac OS X, part of Up and Running with LinkedIn.
- If you're using Mac OS X, you can actually integrate your LinkedIn profile directly into the operating system, and in this movie, I'll show you exactly how to do that. First thing I'm going to do is go down and open up my System Preferences, and inside of System Preferences, I'm going to go to this section labeled Internet Accounts. Inside of the Internet Accounts section, I want to find LinkedIn in the list over to the right. And once I do that, it's going to tell me here, "To get started, fill out the following information:" My email address, so that's email@example.com, enter in my password, and then it says, "By clicking next, you represent that you are legally permitted to upload the content and that the content does not violate LinkedIn's Terms of Service." Just hit Next.
Now it's going to tell you that you're going to download your LinkedIn connections to the Contacts app and keep their information up to date. It's also going to allow you to share links to LinkedIn directly from Safari and show links from your LinkedIn updates in Safari. This also is going to enable apps to work with your LinkedIn account, with your permission. So that means if you download an app from the Mac App Store and that app has LinkedIn integration, it can automatically ask for permission to use your system level LinkedIn access in order to publish various things to your LinkedIn account. If you're cool with all of this, go ahead and click Sign In. If not, you can click Cancel.
Now it's going to say Login Approval Required. Basically, what that means is LinkedIn is going to send you another one of those two-step verification codes to make sure this is you. So what I'm going to do is hit OK, and I'll hit Sign In again. That may tell me that I need it again. It's going to say, "Please type your password followed by this code to sign in." So what I'm going to do now is open up on my mobile device the code that I have, and I'll hit OK, and then let's go ahead and click Cancel here, go back, LinkedIn, and let's type this out again.
firstname.lastname@example.org, password, and then the code, and once I do that I'll hit Next, Sign In, and once it accepts that, it's going to download the Contacts, it's going to keep everything up to date, and I can go in anytime and see the details of it right over here, I can login, and everything should be good to go. I can also get the profile photos of people in my contact list and update my Contacts that way if I want.
Then if any apps I download integrate with LinkedIn directly, I now have direct access to that at the OS level, which makes it super handy to automatically authorize those without having to go through the painstaking process of entering in my username, password, and four-digit code. So if you're using a Macintosh computer, this is a great way to integrate LinkedIn into your everyday computing abilities. If not, that's okay too. You can still use LinkedIn on your mobile devices or by using the desktop website application.
- 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