Since I’ve had the opportunity to experience the new version of LinkedIn, I’d like to share some insights with you so you are ready when that day comes, and help you avoid potential frustrations.
1: Complete your experience sections:
It wasn’t too long ago that LinkedIn FINALLY allowed you to drag and drop your experience section to place them in your order of choice as opposed to date. They began to realize that many of us have portfolio careers, and just because one role starts after another doesn’t mean we want to highlight it first. For example, after starting my social media consulting business in 2009, I also became a fitness instructor. For a while, I had to fudge the date on my fitness role (eek, sorry!) so that my primary business, Soaring Solutions showed up first. When LinkedIn added drag and drop, I could correct my dates and simply place my positions in the sequence I desired.
In the new version of LinkedIn, drag and drop is temporarily disabled. Why does this matter? Well, if you’ve recently taken on a new role that is secondary, or you are just getting started creating a savvy LinkedIn profile, you’ll want to get this done now so you can place your positions in the priority sequence of your choice with ease.
2: Add and arrange your visual media:
Have you been procrastinating putting your latest YouTube video, presentation file, portfolio, or branded images into the media sections of your LinkedIn summary & experience sections? Well now is the time!
The same drag and drop issue applies here. Recently, you’ve been able to add media to your summary and experience sections, and simply drag and drop it to the desired sequence. If you wait too long to add that hot new visual media you’re so excited about and you end up on the new version of LinkedIn, your new media will be placed at the end of the line. If you want to feature new files first, you’d have to delete the current files and then re-add them. Very frustrating! Of course you could wait until drag and drop is enabled again, but who knows how long that could take. You don’t want to miss out on highlighting your fantastic brand and possibly something you invested a good amount of time and money into.
3: Make sure your contact information is current:
In our recent LinkedIn experience, someone has to click on a “Contact info” tab in order to see your contact information. In the new version of LinkedIn, your contact information is exposed on the right side of the LinkedIn profile.
Why is this important? I cannot tell you how many client’s profiles I’ve reviewed to find that they had an old company website, old phone number, or accidentally had their home address in this section. Not as bad when it is hidden behind a click, but in the new version, it is immediately visible.
Don’t be met with any surprises, showcase any errors or share private information! It will only take a couple minutes to make sure your contact info is up to date.
* Extra tip: If you’re not already familiar, download and use the LinkedIn app on your mobile device. The new interface is designed to mimic this menu experience.
** Extra hack: If you are too late to the game and you find yourself in the new LinkedIn experience, try another browser.
I had a client who had this very thing happen. He had a new video to add, but it fell as #7 in line of an older series that he wanted to keep. We were logged into Chrome using the new LinkedIn. I thought, let’s try Firefox, and he actually still had the old version there. We added the new media, dragged it to first position, and he is now set. After a few days and a cache clearing- all browsers had him on the new version.
I hope this lights a fire under your butt to make some potentially overdue changes to your profile!
Need some help adapting to the new version? Want to get your entire office up to speed and ahead of the game? I’d love to do a workshop or lunch and learn to help get your team to the next level. Contact me today firstname.lastname@example.org