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Here is information about a number of new features that LinkedIn has introduced to help you connect and promote yourself.

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LinkedIn has been evolving much more rapidly since the Microsoft acquisition. I've spoken about some different features in previous videos and podcasts. But I thought I would put together a couple of ones I hadn't discussed before, into one video so that you could get a sense of some new options that are available for you.
Now, the first one and, this is a fun one, is called giving kudos. That's k-u-d-o, in case you're not familiar with the word. Now, the notion is giving public praise extemporaneously. It's ideal for someone who works in your organization who you want to give an Attagirl or an Attaboy to publicly. It's different than skills and endorsements, which are the checkboxes on LinkedIn.
It's different than the recommendations. It's designed to be very short comments that you give praise for going above and beyond, for doing great work, stuff along those lines. People will get notified when you give a Kudo and I'm sure LinkedIn is going to start putting out public numbers about people who give kudos and people who receive kudos. Justli ke you give recommendations and they tally that and that you receive recommendations and they tally that as well. So, start looking at situations in your office where you give someone a Kudo. Like, for example, your boss. You know, it's like getting praised by your subordinate.
"Great manager! Really inspiring!" Things along those lines will help them. Then, they'll notice you because LinkedIn is going to notify them about you and about what you wrote. I can assure you, they'll start to reciprocate. So number one, start giving kudos.
Number two is there's a feature now in the mobile app, where if you're at a conference, and I spoke about one feature where you can connect via QR codes with people, but also think of this feature, which is "Find People Nearby."
So, if there's a Bluetooth setting, the has to be activated, and, of course, it's in the mobile app because you're at a conference. You are not walking around with your laptop. Think in terms of turning on this feature and looking for find people nearby so you can say, "hi," and say "hi, we're connected on LinkedIn. I use the mobile app and told me that you were nearby." It's a only like 100 feet away. So it's not like designed for a stadium. You can be anywhere and, in theory, if someone's within 100 feet of you that you're connected with, you can find them and basically message and find a way that you can connect with them.
Here's a fun one. If you follow companies, LinkedIn will now notify you when they post a new job. That's sweet. You don't have to go, if you're interested in working for a particular organization, you don't always have to check your page. Every time they post a job on LinkedIn, you're notified of it, which is really convenient. The mobile app, there's an option for seeing what your commute would be like to that organization.
Another great feature. Sometimes, we have these romantic notions of of working at particular firms only to discover that they're two hours away from us and we never really could work for them because we don't want to put up with that.
So, take a look at following companies that you're interested in and then also see the commute in the mobile app. As you know, you'll be able to check that against job postings.
Another one is related to job postings is to be able to see how you match. This is kind of like an app I reviewed recently called jobscan.co. No affiliate link here, I just simply said, what jobscan.co does is take the job description, take your resume that you've copied and paste both in and they'll give you a percentage match. LinkedIn is doing something similar. How you match basically signals how your LinkedIn profile matches the requirement. I don't know if it makes recommendations of changes, but it's going to give you a sense of how you match up against the job so you don't spin your wheels.
Last thing I want to mention (and this has been known for a long time), referred candidates are four times more likely to be interviewed than people who are going in through the front door without a referral. Where you can find someone that you're connected to who could refer you to an organization, it always serves you best.

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1400 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. JobSearchTV.com was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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