Finally, after weeks of anticipation, LinkedIn began the roll-out of the updated desktop redesign in January. As with all LinkedIn changes, it is being released in phases so if you don’t have it yet, you will soon.
I’m super geeked out because this change hit my desktop the day it came out. I spent a lot of time playing around and looking at the changes. Believe me, there are a lot. Here’s just some of what I’ve found so far.
Right away you’ll know you’ve got the new design because at start up, you’ll see the LinkedIn logo and a blue line scrolling alerting you that it’s booting up.
A) Header bar is now one line. The icons for individual sections are clearly labeled. There is a grid icon labeled More that has replaced the old Interests section.
B) Search has changed drastically; not only the look but also some of the functionality. The Advanced Search option is gone. And, they have changed the types of search criteria now available too. It may take some getting used to.
- Search for a person, company, school, or job by typing in their name or keywords. You’ll get a dropdown list and you can still click on the name to get directly to the info you’re looking for.
- Click the empty search box and you’ll be redirected to a search page. Click on the choices (people, jobs, etc) and you’ll find the available search criteria on the right side of the page.
- You can still save searches, however at the time of this writing, I cannot find previously saved searches. I’ll update when I know where they are.
C) Status Update box looks different but works just the same.
D) News Feed sort options are gone. We now must rely on LinkedIn’s improved algorithm.
E) The 10 Ways to Keep in Touch box is gone.
F) Invitations to connect can be found in the My Network section.
G) Messaging section is your Inbox. The look is a little different. LinkedIn is making instant messaging a focus so, if you’re old school and/or want to send longer email messages BEWARE!! The prompt to send messages by pressing enter is the default again. So, click the three dots and change the prompt that you want to hit the SEND button if you don’t want your the instant messaging function.
F) Access to your Profile is now on the left side of your Home Page or in the Me tab.
There are a lot of changes here, in fact, too many to mention today and I’m sure I haven’t discovered them all yet. Here are the main ones:
- Your profile photo is round and smaller.
- The first few sentences of your summary are incorporated into your header box.
- When you click the edit pencil, the fields for editing are now larger. And finally, we can read our whole headline at once.
- Your posts and all of your activity are now on display for everyone who looks at your profile. You can also see how many followers your connections have.
- When you are viewing a 2nd connection’s profile, there is a highlight box immediately under their header box so you can see how you’re connected.
- The ability to rearrange your profile sections is gone (at least temporarily). The order of my sections went back to the default.
- Skills and Endorsements section only shows your top 3 and only shows the photo of your most recent endorser for a particular skill. It also appears that the ability to rearrange them is gone (at least temporarily).
- There’s a huge new area called Accomplishments. In this are the sub-categories of Courses, Certifications, Projects and Publications.
- Recommendations area has moved up right under Skills and Endorsements.
- Your Groups are no longer listed.
- Your contact info is now on the right side of the page and at least some of it is visible to everyone (website, twitter, LinkedIn url) is visible to everyone, whether you’re connected or not.
- Who’s Viewed Your Profile stats and information has changed. How you rank compared to your network and others in your industry is gone. Good!
- Save your profile as a .pdf is gone. Hope you did it before this changed.
- The relationship area where you would find your notes, tags and when you connected info are now definitely gone -just as I warned they would be.
Get Ready If You Can
So, what you should do today if the new design hasn’t hit your account is
1) Save your profile as a .pdf.
2) Be sure to request the archive of your data if you haven’t done it recently.
3) Review the first few sentences of your summary because they will be much more visible.
I’ve just skimmed the surface of all the changes. Keep checking back for new information, work arounds and how-to’s.