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The New LinkedIn – Three Must-Knows for Recruiters

I’ve heard the complaints, had employees at my desk and have been equally frustrated with some of the features LinkedIn decided to leave out in their recent update. But LinkedIn is a powerful tool for recruiters, so let’s figure this out and make the most of it! Here are a few things to know.

1. No more Notes & Tags. LinkedIn is no longer including this feature. This is a big one for recruiters and hiring managers who use Notes and Tags to track their activity with a connection. If this is an issue, be sure to download your data by May 31st. Click here to learn how.

2. Saved Searches boomeranged. The recruiter panic was real when saved searches disappeared from the platform, but now they’re back. If the feature hasn’t returned for you, hold tight, it’s coming. If you didn’t notice it was missing – carry on.

Once you have set your filters and saved a few searches you’ll be able to manage notifications for each search. 

The good news is that saved searches are available to all user levels. The bad news is some of those filters that you were using as a Premium User have disappeared, including:

  • Years of Experience
  • Function
  • Seniority Level
  • Interested In
  • Company Size
  • When Joined

 The loss of these features can have a pretty large, negative impact on your recruiting practices, so it may be time to up your membership to Sales Navigator or Recruiter.

3. Pay attention to Profiles. You can get a lot of info in the first glance of someone’s profile. Take the extra time to become familiar with where your eyes should go when coming across a new connection by comparing the circled areas below with your connections profile page. 

It’s also important to familiarize yourself with company profiles as they’ve received a face lift, too. If you’re looking for insight into an organization, make sure you check out how they’re maximizing the new LinkedIn to show you what they’re up to. 

I do believe LinkedIn is trying to put their members first to enhance the experience users are having – so stay tuned, there may be more changes to come. In the meantime though, check out my other blogs on the platform to make sure you're two (or three) steps ahead of your competition.