Have you kept up with LinkedIn's latest updates, redesigns and new features? The social network for professionals, which now has more than 200 million users worldwide, has been busy this year, releasing changes to its search capabilities, job hunt features and more.
With the new features coming fast and often without any fanfare, its likely that you may have missed what's new and wondered how to best use the enhancements to find a new position or build your network of contacts.
Here's a look at five of LinkedIn's newest features, plus how you can make the most of them.
1. How to Mention Your Colleagues in Status Updates
Much like you can on Facebook and Twitter, LinkedIn now lets you tag your connections in your status updates.
"We know that LinkedIn members are some of the most engaged professionals online," says Angela Yang, associate product manager at LinkedIn. "After all, are involved in millions of conversations across LinkedIn day after day. Thats why we want to make it even easier for you to start those conversations, share knowledge with one another and ultimately become even better at what you do."
To mention a connection-or a company-begin by typing the name in your status update box or comment field on the homepage. A drop-down menu will appear with the names of the people or companies you're connected to; select the appropriate one.
The people or company you mention will receive a notification alerting them that they have been mentioned.
[Want more LinkedIn tips, tricks and analysis? Check out CIO.com's Complete Guide to LinkedIn.]
2. How to Use Advanced Search to Job Hunt
LinkedIn's newly redesigned Jobs page includes a handful of new features for both Premium subscribers and traditional account holders.
To find the Advanced Search feature, navigate to Jobs in the top menu, then click Advanced next to the search bar.
This new feature lets you find open positions by country, industry, zip code and function. Click "More options" for additional fields, including experience level and, if you have a premium LinkedIn account, by salary.
3. How to Receive Alerts on Saved Searches
In March, LinkedIn rolled out a number of updates to search, including auto-complete, suggested searches, an updated algorithm, enhanced advanced search and automated alerts.
Automated alerts let you set whether you want updates to a search query or job search emailed to you daily, weekly or monthly. To find this setting, enter a keyword into the search box or navigate to Jobs and perform a search there.
Then, click "Save search" in the top right of your screen. From the drop-down menu, select how often you would like to be alerted when new results are available. You can save up to 10 people searches and 10 job searches.
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