Learn how to navigate the LinkedIn mobile application on an iPhone. The application is broken into 5 main parts: Home, Me, My Network, Messaging, and Search. Each section has a handful of features and functionality that tailor LinkedIn for mobile users.
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- So, I've gone ahead and downloaded the LinkedIn application and I'll simply select the icon to open it up. From here, I'll simply choose Sign In, at the bottom of the screen, and I'll login with my LinkedIn username and password. From there, we're now at our News Feed. Now if you've opened the application for the first time, or you're new to LinkedIn, it may also show you a quick tour of the latest features or it might provide you with an opportunity to customize your feed. You'll have the option to select from peoples, companies, and topics to follow, as they relate to various categories.
You'll simply scroll to the right, select what you're interested in, and choose I'm Done, at the bottom of the screen. You may also have an option to import your contacts and that'll help LinkedIn connect you to people you already know. You can either tap into that experience to explore the process or there'll be an X in the upper right hand corner to skip it altogether. Once you're in the app, you're here on your Home Screen, and this is where you'll find an easy to interact with News Feed. Your feed is content from all across your network, to help you with your professional day.
It's based on what LinkedIn has determined is most relevant for your industry, function, and skills, combined with what conversations and content you care about. At the top, you have the option to quickly share a post and you can tap into that to compose an update to share. You can also select the Photo option to select a photo from your device to post as well. Just as you would on the desktop site, you can tap to Like, Comment, or Share any of the options available in this News Feed.
Remember, LinkedIn is all about interaction to drive engagement and promote awareness on you or your brand. So, it's a great idea to check in at least once a day and engage with content that is relevant and engaging to you. You'll notice that some of the posts have three dots in the upper right hand corner and if I tap that, I have the option to either select to not see this post anymore, I can unfollow the company or person, I can choose that this isn't really the right company. In other words, someone's promoting information about someone else.
You might also have the option to report content that you feel violates a policy. If you tap any of the content, it'll open up within the LinkedIn application, so you can interact with it. Tap the X in the upper left hand corner and you're right back in the app itself. As I scroll through, you might encounter a sponsored update. Here's one from IBM Cloud and you'll notice, just below the image, there's the words there Sponsored by IBM Cloud. If you tap the plus icon in the upper right corner of that post, you'll start following that brand.
As you look to the bottom of the page, you'll see five main parts. Home, which is where we are now. Me, Messaging, My Network, and Search. Let's start by tapping into Me. Me represents your professional brand. This is where you can see all the things about you. Who's viewed your profile, who's commenting on it, or even sharing your posts. It also offers one of the most intuitive ways of updating your profile. We're going to talk about that later, but I like that you can easily spruce things up on the fly to keep it fresh.
You can tap into the notifications below to dive deeper into that information. In this case, I've selected who's viewed my profile. I can see right away, I've had seven profile viewers in the last 90 days. I'll tap Back and you can also get there by tapping the actual number of profile viewers just there below the profile photo. You can also tap on your name and that'll bring you into your digital resume. We're going to cover these sections again in more detail later on, but here, you'll see a very similar experience to your profile that you'll find on the LinkedIn desktop site.
Now, let's go on and tap My Network, down at the bottom of the screen. It's here that you'll get a daily briefing of what's happening in your professional network. So, you can see in seconds, people you may know, new posts from your network, and suggestions to keep connected. For example, the app might offer prompts to say Congrats to a connection celebrating a new role or a work anniversary or it might recommend that you send a message to someone in your network after they've written a post on LinkedIn. Again, interaction is key to your networking on LinkedIn So, use these suggestions as a near effortless way to promote yourself and stay connected.
In the upper left, you can tap the icon of the People to view any pending invitations to connect and you can tap on the option labeled Connections to see all of your connections. You can select a connection to begin interacting with them. In this case, I tapped and I can view my own profile and I can choose to message this person as well. I'll go back and tap the X in the upper left hand corner. We're back on the My Network page and now let's tap the icon of the silhouette and the plus symbol in the upper right hand corner.
Here's where you can add connections or sync your calendar. By syncing your calendar, it will help you get smart for your next meeting. You'll be prompted to look at the profile of the person you're meeting with that day and it'll show you details on what shared connections or shared interests you have. This way, you can avoid the small talk and have a meaningful conversation. From here, let's tap into Messaging. I'm going to choose X in the upper left hand corner and now we can see that navigation menu along the bottom and I'll tap into Messaging.
Messaging abandons email in favor of a more casual way to stay in touch. It allows you to initiate quick conversations in a very lightweight interface. It makes it easy for you to ping someone in your network on a quick question or you can continue on a conversation as you would in real life. Here, I can see some conversations that I've had and I could tap into any of them to review in more detail. From here, I'm going to tap Back in the upper left hand corner and choose Search in the bottom right. LinkedIn boasts that the new search is 300% faster and a whole lot smarter.
So, it's even easier to find people, jobs, and groups. Let's say that I want to look for Marketing. I can simply start typing Marketing and I can tap jobs for the title Marketing, and right away, I'm looking at jobs all around that topic. I can also look for people and groups or view information on businesses around a particular name. Now that we've explored the app, let's dive into the sections in more detail
Download the LinkedIn app from linkedin.com/mobile or the app store on your phone.