LinkedIn has recently made some big changes to its platform. In summary, it is now easier to display your profile information, engage or interact with your connections, and publish LinkedIn posts.
The new LinkedIn design has a more app-like appearance. Additionally, a new messaging experience and updated search features are also there to be explored.
However, as with every platform, a redesigned website experience may be overwhelming and daunting for some. Don’t worry. In this post, we take a look at all the major changes LinkedIn made, and how you can navigate through the redesigned website with ease and efficiency.
Exploring the Home Page
When you log into LinkedIn, the first thing you see is the redesigned — and sleeker — LinkedIn homepage. As you will notice, the menu bar and all the icons in it are same as you see in the LinkedIn mobile app.
However, the most important and interesting thing on the homepage is the new ‘Me’ section — a snapshot of your profile. The ‘Me’ section contains the following information:
- Your profile picture
- Total profile views
- Total article views
The second big change on the homepage is the content sharing section.
You can use this section in multiple ways:
- Share an article
- Share a photo
- Write a status
And last, but not least, you can directly write and publish a new article by clicking the ‘Publish an Article’ link.
Exploring the ‘Me’ Section
As you can notice, in the new redesigned LinkedIn website, the ‘Me’ section is of significant importance. Some pretty big action happens in this section.
By using the ‘Me’ tab from the top menu, you can do the following things:
- View profile
- Change your first name
- Change your last name
- Change your current position
- Change education
- Make changes to your country, zip code, industry, etc.
- Change the professional headline
- Upgrade to LinkedIn Premium
Note: You can also edit the background photo; its design, however, has changed. The recommended size is now 1536 x 768 pixels. So it would be a good idea to create a new background image with the right settings.
LinkedIn has also recently added a new section in profiles, known as ‘Accomplishments’. This is a great new addition to showcase certifications, courses, projects, etc.
Following are a few things you might want to include in the ‘Accomplishment’ section.
- Honors and Awards
- Test Scores
Changes in LinkedIn Search
The search feature in LinkedIn perhaps got the biggest change this time. And to be honest, we didn’t like it a lot. The previous search function was better and more detailed in comparison with the new one.
For starters, the biggest change in LinkedIn Search is that there are no advanced search options anymore. It means that users cannot filter with keywords, names, titles, or zip codes. In our opinion, that’s a big blow.
You can now filter a search by level of connections, locations, companies, language, industry, and schools.
Furthermore, saved searches and tagging are no longer available to LinkedIn Free users. They are now only available to LinkedIn Premium users.
Exploring the ‘More’ Section
The ‘More’ section in the top-right corner of the LinkedIn desktop version now has many important direct links. By clicking the ‘More’ section, you can access:
- LinkedIn Learning
- Post a Job
- LinkedIn Groups
You can also create a company page from the ‘More’ section.
All in all, LinkedIn has made some very smart changes in their newly redesigned desktop version. The website experience is now very similar to the LinkedIn mobile app experience — which is a step in the right direction. Also, the new experience is now much more simplified and fun to use.
Having said that, there are some negatives as well. The biggest issue is the demotion of the LinkedIn Search feature. Earlier, it used to have some great options to filter your search. Now some of those features are available only to LinkedIn Premium users, while others are simply gone. That is definitely going to impact LinkedIn power users and HR departments all over the world.
Other than that, there are some features that didn’t get any change whatsoever. Messaging, Jobs, Ads, etc. didn’t see any changes, at least in this iteration.
The recent changes have made some people very happy, as they can now enjoy a more “fun” experience at LinkedIn with an active News Feed and easier navigation. However, there are also some who didn’t like these changes — especially what LinkedIn has done with its search functionality.
How do you like the new changes introduced by LinkedIn? Please let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.
Also, if there is any question, feel free to ask.