You’ve probably heard by now that LinkedIn started rolling out the redesign of their desktop version in January. The roll out will probably last a few months, so if it hasn’t hit your account, it will.
The change is massive. It’s probably safe to say that every screen has a new look and new options for posting, clicking, etc. for As previously reported, some of the features that a lot of us used on a regular basis are gone. The places we’re used to going to find info and/or people have changed. Some of the changes make sense. Others, well, not so much. I discuss a few here.
If you don’t have the redesigned desktop there are some things that you could and should do to prepare so that you don’t lose some of the info that you’ve worked so hard to gather.
Preparation is Key
- Read through your Summary, paying special attention to the first paragraph. The first 200 characters (including spaces) are valuable real estate now. They’re visible in the top box of your new profile for everyone to read.
2. Reorder your skills list concentrating on your top 3. While all your skills and endorsements are there, your top three are the only ones that are immediately visible. People need to click to see more.
3. Save your profile to a .pdf. That way, you’ll have a record for your files. (If you’ve never done it before, click the down arrow next to your View Profile As button on your profile.)
4. Print out a copy of your whole profile. There are sections that will be gone forever and you may want to recreate some of that info in different places.
5. Request an archive of your data, especially if you have spent time and energy making notes and tags about your connections. Tags and notes are gone with the new design, unless you upgrade to Sales Navigator, so hurry, just so you have a record. Even if you don’t have tags and notes, you should still request your archive so you have the history of your LinkedIn experience and a list of your connections. Go to Privacy & Settings section to request it.
6. Review your contact info to make sure it’s accurate, especially your links to websites and twitter. With the redesign, people who view your profile will be able to access that info.
7. If you have saved searches, I recommend you write down the keywords and criteria you used in case you must re-create them. You will not be able to save your searches in the new version, unless you have Sales Navigator.
Because there are so many changes, I am offering two in-person workshops in the Milwaukee area in February, 2017.
Keep checking back here for more information about how to best take advantage of the new LinkedIn.