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LinkedIn Tips: 5 New Things To Know

LinkedIn's latest updates include blogging and mobile app redesigns, adding certifications to your profile, a custom infographic tool, and WeChat integration.

a blog post. "It's a memorable visual you can use as part of your professional branding -- whether you're happy where you are or starting to think about your next move."

Visit the Professional Journey tool to get started. You'll need to grant SlideShare access to your LinkedIn profile. It will then take you through a series of steps to customize your infographic and publish it.

4. LinkedIn updates Pulse app.
LinkedIn debuted its standalone Pulse app a year ago as an option for users to stay current on news from their network and discover content that people shared. In September, LinkedIn redesigned the app with a handful of new features, including enhanced navigation, analytics for the posts you've published, and easier share options.

Pulse is available for download on Android and iOS.

5. LinkedIn adds WeChat integration
LinkedIn added WeChat integration in September, a mobile messaging app especially popular outside the US. People who connect WeChat to LinkedIn can see which of their connections also use the app, the company said.

"With 67% of LinkedIn members located outside of the United States, LinkedIn has become a platform for professionals all over the world to connect and explore business and career opportunities across borders," Henry Li, product lead for LinkedIn China, said in a blog post.

To connect WeChat and LinkedIn, tap "Add Contacts" and then "Mobile & Other Contacts" from within the WeChat app. Then tap "Add LinkedIn Contacts." After you import your LinkedIn contacts, your WeChat friends will be able to access your LinkedIn profile from your WeChat profile, the company said.

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11/30/2014 | 5:39:51 PM
Re: Lots of Gloss but no Substance
I'd add its notifications when someone in your network publishes a blog post to the annoyances.
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11/30/2014 | 5:38:22 PM
Re: Lots of Gloss but no Substance
LinkedIn's two solutions to this: 1) You can limit the information people who aren't connected to you see, and 2) You can block people. While I agree that this isn't ideal for those concerned about anonymous stalking, I don't see LinkedIn limiting profiles further. Paid accounts and corporate accounts are too valuable to them.
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Kristin Burnham,
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11/30/2014 | 5:34:21 PM
Re: Blogging or bloating?
@vnewman2 I'm not sure I agree. LinkedIn is the social network for professionals, and the reason for their many features is to provide value for people beyond the ones just looking for a job. Making business contacts and broadening your network is important for anyone, not just job seekers. (Some might argue that cultivating your network before you're looking for a job will help you more once you are.)
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Kristin Burnham,
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11/30/2014 | 5:26:51 PM
Re: Blogging or bloating?
@tjgkg try sorting your activity feed and omit the posts you don't want to see. Hopefully that will help.
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nasimson,
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11/27/2014 | 10:59:02 PM
Re: Headshot
> Have we come to the point where we'd reather hire by looking at pictures than at a resume?

@kstaron:

Humans are biased for beatury and charm. Please dont judge me when I say this, but I have seen ugly looking managers, but not an ugly looking Sales Head, CEO or VP HR. So looks do matter around us. But we need to minimize this internal bias.
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kstaron,
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11/26/2014 | 9:42:16 AM
Headshot
Why does professional jouney scream Headshot for a modeling agency? It might be useful for professions where you selling how you look as a part of your job, but how many people have anything that could easily be styled into an infographic except a photo of themeselves? Have we come to the point where we'd reather hire by looking at pictures than at a resume?
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11/25/2014 | 8:23:10 PM
Re: Lots of Gloss but no Substance
@askqn Thanks for the information. I knew LinkedIn was a bit shady in terms of privacy and I can certainly see how this anonymous stalking can be a real pain. I am surprised LinkedIn has not done something to seriously address this.
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11/25/2014 | 8:18:46 PM
Re: Lots of Gloss but no Substance

I was really hoping this article would tell me how to disable LinkedIn from asking for permissions every time I open my browser.   But as always Kristin you have provided other useful information. 

 

I use LinkedIn as most do but I don't really use it as LinkedIn would probably like.  It is a valuable tool no doubt, but I just don't constantly want to be networking and thinking about career.   But nice to know LinkedIn will add certs.  - this might encourage more to go for them.

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11/25/2014 | 5:45:27 PM
Re: Lots of Gloss but no Substance
Beyond the general lack of substance at LinkedIn (there are exceptions -- I've seen a few interesting posts), what bothers me most about LinkedIn is its hectoring. All social sites do this to some extent -- stop by, see what you've been missing! -- but LinkedIn is particularly annoying with its solicitations to endorse people.
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11/25/2014 | 3:00:32 PM
Lots of Gloss but no Substance
For all the latest bells & whistles, LinkedIn still remains the only social network that permits anonymous viewing of a profile.  Anyone with an internet connection and a bogus account can stalk your profile for whatever nefarious reason suits his/her purpose.  CEO Weiner has been petitioned by various privacy groups who are hosted on the site itself, and several high profile stalking cases have been front & center in an effort to persuade LinkedIn to allow members to lock down their profiles to disallow anonymous lurking. Even Facebook has such a feature, but strangely, LinkedIn pays the appropriate lip service to privacy concerns, but in the final analysis, does not give members the ability to stop anonymous views of member profiles.  
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