I like to challenge myself each month on weird stuff. This month I’ve challenged myself to produce a video each day that is short yet informative, educational, and actionable.
Here’s Day 8
Linkedin just launched their redesigned dashboard and I think you’ll like it.
Why? Because it looks an awful lot like Facebook!
Does that mean you’ll use it more?
That’s up to you.
Here’s a quick tour of the new site.
Home is where you’ll end up after you login. In Facebook terms it’s your Newsfeed. It’s even called the feed in the URL
From Home you can scroll and read about all the listings all your real estate ‘friends’ are auto posting. Has anyone ever sold a home by sharing the listing in Linkedin?
This section will list all of your current invites and suggest people you might want to connect to. Technically speaking, that’s not my network at all. My network consists of the people I’m already connected to. WTF Linkedin? That’s basic stuff.
Luckily you can click on that box to the left (either the 4,750 or the see all) and get to the page that literally has all your network. It’s at https://www.linkedin.com/mynetwork/invite-connect/connections/ if you want a link.
On this page it’ll show you all of your current connections and allow you to go to their profile or message them quickly from there.
I’m not sold on the value of this page yet. I might suggest a few improvements.
Linkedin is a place for Jobs. I’m not really looking but I’ve tested it in the past. I’ll have to give this a 2nd look in the future. If you are looking for a job, it might show up in the tiles below. It might not, so it’s best to use the search bar at the top.
That said, it’s showing that I’ve applied for 3 different jobs in the past. Let me say it was a frustrating experience. I uploaded my resume and while you might hope that would enough – nope! Next you had to fill out form field after form field because the data in your resume doesn’t map out properly to the system the HR department you think you just applied to is using.
Applying for a job on Linkedin was by far the worst experience I’ve ever had on the platform!
Now this is something they really got right! This dashboard makes it easy to message my connections. It’s probably not a coincidence that it looks almost identical to Facebook’s new desktop Messaging site (https://www.messenger.com).
This is Facebook:
Yes, I use messenger to communicate with clients and more importantly to arrange for Taco Fridays! 😉
Finally, in Notifications you can easily see all the latest notifications. Some of those are going to be important, others are going to be for people endorsing you – and you know how I feel about endorsements! I like that you can simply mark them all as read.
Yes that changed too! You’ll see that there are some things that are REALLY important to get right on your profile now. Looking at mine, can you see what it is that I do for a living? Can you see how to contact me?
Compare that to this Profile. Can you see what this person does for a living? How about a way to contact them?
Nothing, right? Yet Linkedin has tremendous SEO. Google your name and you’ll see Linkedin on page 1. Why be on the 1st page of Google and not take advantage of that?
PRO TIP: Make sure you check out your profile as someone logged in and connected to you, as someone logged in and not connected to you, and as someone not logged in to Linkedin at all.
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