This is part two (2) of the LinkedIn New Design post; in part one we visited what we thought to be positive change. We are discussing here the NOT so positive changes.
I have seen a lot of confusion and frustration the last couple of weeks by members in the Q&A forum of LinkedIn (That by the way is still a hidden Gem under MORE at the top of the LinkedIn Page).
I realize that LinkedIn is a free site and that it is the ONLY professional site that really adds value to members either as advancing their careers or finding a job or expanding their business, but important to say that LinkedIn without its free members cannot offer the value it does to recruiters and sales professionals who pay for their memberships on LinkedIn and why advertisers pay to put ads on LinkedIn due to the immense number of members (190+ Millions to date)
Here are the features causing the frustration
- The three (3) web resources that LinkedIn allows member to post on their profile to be found; are NOW hidden and unless you really know where to find their location.
Solution: You can find the web resources under the little rolodex card Icon with the “Edit Contact information” link on your Edit profile page.
Under this link you will find your websites, your email address, your twitter handle and if you want to add any other personal information like a phone number or IM
- The Network Statistics are no longer available, LinkedIn took it away. I was never really crazy about it as either it didn’t work nor wasn’t accurate most of the time though many members seem to really miss it.
- The LinkedIn profile URL or link that is specific to every member and used to be found next to “Public Profile” location has also been changed
Solution: It is found next to “IN” that is on the left hand side in the profile page in a darker grey box. Make sure that your URL is customized before you use it.
- The “VCARD” download also disappeared. It made it easier to add new contacts to an existing mailing list or database.
Solution: It has also been hidden. It can be found when you move your cursor on your connections’ name. A window opens that has the name and the tagline and 3 links on the bottom one of them is “Download VCard”.
- To add a contact to your network that is not on LinkedIn, you have to go through a couple of loops.
Solution: Click in the green link “Add Connection” then click on the Add Any Email ICON; then click on the link “Add individual email”. Just be aware that the invite that will be sent can’t be personalized, and will be sent generic.
- The recommendations that could be seen on the profile pages are now hidden.
Solution: The easiest way is to click on Profile at the top of the page, then click on recommendations from the drop down menu
LinkedIn also has added a new feature which is Endorsing Skills, the function has been hiccupping, your first degree connection can endorse your skills and expertise and vice versa. You just scroll to skills and experience section of that members’ profile, click on the skill or the + sign next to it. Your name and picture will appear next to that skill.
The newest feature is adding a picture or an image banner to your company page on LinkedIn; it is a bit tricky and will take few tries but looks really good kind of the timeline image banners on your Facebook page where you can add your website URL though. The maximum size is 2MB, can be PNG, JPEG or GIF; with dimensions of 646 X 220 pixels.
LinkedIn keeps rolling out new features without letting anyone know as they just publish on their blog; so I would highly suggest that you keep looking at the LI Blog to be aware of all the changes. The link of the blog is at the bottom of the page
Hope this can help you using LinkedIn better as again it is the ONLY professional network worth your time IMHO.
Sahar Andrade, MB.BCh
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