What’s new with LinkedIn?

As the world’s largest professional networking site LinkedIn has abundant value for almost anyone looking to maintain or grow their professional network. However with the regular updates to LinkedIn, it has become essential for all users to stay on top of the evolving resources available through the site. This article will cover the top 3 changes as of January 2015 to LinkedIn Free-User Profiles. Learn more about paid premium accounts.

Top 3 Recent LinkedIn Changes

  1. Sending Private Messages in Groups
    • There was a brief period of time where this resource disappeared! But I was happy to discover that you can now send up to 15 private group messages a month to fellow group members. This is a great way to make an introduction with alumni or professionals with whom you want to network.
    • See the most up to date guide here.

    linkedin group search

  2. The Get Introduced Function has Changed
    • You can no longer have a message “forwarded” from your first degree connection to a second degree connection.
    • However you can still see what connections you have in common with someone and directly reach out to your contact to ask them to facilitate an introduction for you.
    • I’d suggest requesting the email of the person you want to get in touch with from your contact so that you can reach out directly. Or asking your contact to cc you on an introduction email.

    linkedin get intro

  3. You can now see Full Profiles of 3rd Degree Connections (if they make them public)*
    • It used to be that you could see full profiles of both 2nd and 3rd degree connections, then that changed to only 2nd degree connections, and now I’m excited to say that you can see 3rd degree connections again!
    • This can be a great way to look for alumni to network with and see if you have groups in common.
    • It can also help you research real life career paths of professionals.
    • It’s a great way to learn about different positions at a company or organization of interest.

    linkedin 3rd degree

*A 1st degree connection is someone that you’ve added to your LinkedIn network. A 2nd degree connection is someone in the network of one of your 1st degree connections. A 3rd degree connection is someone who is connected to one of your 2nd degree connections.

By Emily Merritt
Emily Merritt Career Consultant, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Emily Merritt