You probably know the basics of making your LinkedIn profile work for you, but did you know that LinkedIn has tons of new features that will help your job hunt?
LinkedIn has come a long way in streamlining the job search process and adding amazing features to their interface. The problem is that often times these features aren’t really announced (unless you read the LinkedIn blog) or they get lost in the shuffle.
Below you’ll find some effective LinkedIn features you should be using, but probably didn’t know about.
1. Stay in the know with Pulse.
Pulse is the totally customizable news feature on your LinkedIn homepage. It’s primary function is to let you in on industry news and show you what some of the top companies are recommending.
Pulse grabs information from your LinkedIn profile and curates your page according to your professional interests. You can then share these industry related articles across social media platforms in order to position yourself as an expert in your field.
2. Get “Introduced” to Connections.
LinkedIn Introductions let you contact members in your extended network through the people you are already connected to.
If you want to contact someone who is two or three degrees away from you, you can request an introduction through one of your connections. Your connection will then decide whether or not to forward the message.
This is a nice way that you can avoid the awkwardness of cold calling or emailing when looking for new connections.