LinkedIn's newest mobile app update now gives users the ability to search for jobs, companies, groups, and people while on the go.
LinkedIn has released a flurry of mobile and web updates in recent months, but with its latest revamp, the professional social network wants to help members be productive, regardless of where they are.
Searches on LinkedIn's iOS and Android apps are no longer limited to people, which the company said was a much-requested feature. "Find and discover more than 225 million professionals, 3 million Company Pages, 2 million Groups and thousands of job opportunities via the magnifying glass icon at the top of the navigation screen," LinkedIn wrote in a blog post.
Before a meeting with a Microsoft staffer, for example, "look up that person and the Microsoft Company Page beforehand to see things you have in common," LinkedIn said. "While you're at it, search for the Microsoft Surface group on LinkedIn to hear what people are saying about the product. And if you end up having a great meeting and loving Microsoft, you may even want to search for jobs at Microsoft."
LinkedIn also offered up some suggestions for how best to take advantage of the site (and boost its engagement, naturally). That includes peeking at your LinkedIn newsfeed as often as you might check in on Facebook. "A new nugget of competitive intelligence or timely news could position you as the most dialed-in person at your next meeting," LinkedIn said. Tapping "Add Shortcut" at the bottom of the navigation pane also puts specific companies into your feed.
This search update is part of several recent LinkedIn enhancements. In May, LinkedIn launched visual portfolios, which allow members to showcase their stories using pictures, videos, and presentations and let others "Like" the work — sound familiar, Facebook Timeline?
More recently, LinkedIn introduced "Who's Viewed Your Updates" and "You Recently Visited." The goal of these two productivity features is to give better insights into user activity across LinkedIn.
Who's Viewed Your Updates lets you review your 14-day activity, who has seen it and how it was received by tallying up likes, shares and comments. The You Recently Visited, on the other hand, tells you the recent profiles and articles you've seen, searches you've done and group discussions in which you were involved.