LinkedIn's Main Features
Here are some of the basic features that this business social network offers and how they've been designed to be used by professionals.
Home: Once you are able to log in to LinkedIn, the home feed is your news feed based on those you follow which are posts shares etc similar to Facebook, showing recent posts from your connections with other professionals and company pages you're following.
Profile: Your profile shows your information which are your name, your photo, location, your occupation and more right at the top. Right below you have the ability to customize various different sections within the profile like adding a summary or an opening statement, work experience, education, and other sections similar to a resume.
My Network: Here you'll find a list of all the professionals and links you're currently connected with on LinkedIn. If you hover your mouse over this option in the top menu, you'll also be able to see a number of other options that will allow you to add contacts, find people you may know based on your work and friends.
Jobs: A source for job listings are posted on LinkedIn everyday by employers, and LinkedIn will recommend specific jobs to you based on your current information, including your location and optional job preferences that you can fill out to get better-tailored job listings.
Interests: In addition to your connections, you can follow certain interests on LinkedIn as well. These include company pages, groups according to location or interests such as music and more
Search bar: a search feature that allows you to filter your results down according to several different customizable fields. Click "Advanced" beside the search bar to find specific people and potential links.
Messages: A communication feature if you want to start a conversation with another professional or friend, You can also add attachments, including photos and more.
Notifications: Like other social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, LinkedIn has a notification feature that lets you know when you've been referenced, added, mentioned.
Pending Invitations: Friend requests! When other professionals invite you to connect with them on LinkedIn, you'll receive an invitation that you'll have to approve.
These are the main features you'll first notice when you get on LinkedIn, but you can dive deeper into some of the more specialized details and options by exploring the platform yourself.