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There have been a few updates to LinkedIn’s messaging function on both mobile and desktop they make a much more useful tool for you as a job hunter and in your networking.

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LinkedIn has really updated its messaging service. Whereas it used to be this clumsy, awful system, it's much more effective now. They've added some features recently, I just want to bring to your attention, because I think they'll make it a lot easier for you when you're networking and also your job search, in general.

So, the first thing I want to point out is, if you're meeting with someone, and you want to meet at a particular location, there's now a feature in the mobile app so that, while you're on the go, and you want to send a message to someone about where to meet you, or where you where they want them to meet you, the mobile app, if you click in the messaging function for the LinkedIn app and look at the bottom currently (I say currently because this could change at some point in the future(, you'll see a little pin icon. Click on that, it'll first immediately identify where you are.

But let's assume that they're not meeting you at your office. They're meeting you at a restaurant, they're meeting you in a hotel . . . wherever it is, you can now enter the location in the search field above and it will send that location to someone so they know where to meet you. Very, very sweet.

You can send attachments from the mobile app. That can be a PDF, a .Doc, a PowerPoint, any other file. Then, from there, use the body of the messaging app for the cover letter. You know, you can use voice messaging, which I really like. So when I'm responding to people, sometimes, if it's a customized message I need to send to someone. I don't like doing all the keying; I'd rather just speak into my phone and a send the message that way.

You can drag and drop attachments now from the desktop so that, in this way, again, you're not doing a lot of different steps.

This one was very handy to me on my birthday--Smart replies. The messags on the go. This is clearly on the desktop. It is now on the mobile, as well. Smart Reply options offer choices of responses to messages that you receive.

So, for example, on my birthday, I got hundreds of birthday wishes from people I didn't want to be rude and ignore them. But, if I had to manually type, or even use a text expander, it still takes a few seconds. Better to just click on something that auto responds for you and allows you to respond in a courteous way.

Lastly, for the sake of fun communications, GIFs and emojis are available now. Use them. They're fun. It allows you to communicate in a way that calls attention to you in a fun way, you become a human being. So, lots of different emoticons and emojis, lots of different gifts are available through the app.

It's just a nice way to communicate.

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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 1500 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. was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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