LinkedIn is perhaps the most popular job-related social network on the Internet. LinkedIn started out as a way to network with current and former coworkers and now helps users network, find jobs and connect in ways they never thought possible. Previously, we covered how to get started with LinkedIn and how to get the most out of your working profile. Now, our guide will show you how to start using the LinkedIn Android app so you can get the most out of using the network to stay connected.
How to Use LinkedIn
After installing the LinkedIn app for your phone, you will be prompted to either login or sign up for an account.
If you do not have an account, you can create one through the app. However, it is much easier to get started with LinkedIn by creating a profile through its web site. If you choose to create one through the Android app, click “Sign up to join LinkedIn.”
Then, you will enter in your details, including your first and last name, e-mail address and a password to use. Click “Join now” to move forward.
Now, LinkedIn will ask for a few additional details to get started. Click “Create my profile.”
LinkedIn will ask you to help grow your network by allowing it access to your e-mail account. This will allow you to connect with family, friends and coworkers who may already be using LinkedIn. You can also skip this step if you choose to. Click “Continue” or “Skip this step” to move forward.
The last step before diving into the LinkedIn app is confirming your account through your e-mail address. So, check your e-mail address and click the link contained within to complete the sign up process for LinkedIn.
Now, the LinkedIn app will refresh and ask you to sync your information on your phone with the app. This allows you to see who is on LinkedIn that may not be contained within your e-mail. Choose an option to continue.
Next, the app will ask you to sync calendars. This will give you up to the minute information on who you are meeting with on a particular day as long as you scheduled it through LinkedIn.
When you make it to the main screen of the LinkedIn app, you will be welcomed and introduced to the main menu. If at any time while using the app, you click the “in” icon, you gain access to the menu to navigate through LinkedIn.
After clicking the menu button, click “You.”
This will open your profile on LinkedIn. You can update your status, check out connections, groups and even see recent activity related to your profile.
If you click the menu again, then click “Updates,” you can see the latest activity from your connections on LinkedIn. This will keep you up to date on what everyone is doing, what changes they are making and how they are using LinkedIn.
Now, use the menu again and click “More.”
From here, you can search for people and see connections you may not have made, yet. You can click on any connection and send them an invite to join your network at any time.
One more time from the menu, click “Inbox.”
Here you will find messages to you and invites to join networks and groups.
At anytime while using the LinkedIn app you want to update your own status, you can click the “Pen and Paper” icon in the top right hand corner.
This will open the status window. From here, you can write your status, choose who can see it and then click “Share” to post.
Pros of the LinkedIn Android app:
- Keeps you connected to LinkedIn away from a computer
- Can sync calendar to get details on meetings before they happen
Cons of the LinkedIn Android app:
- Creating a new account is tedious for users
- Does not offer near the functionality the traditional LinkedIn web site does
Does having LinkedIn on your phone help you network?
Depending on how you use LinkedIn, utilizing it on your Android phone may just be beneficial. For those with large networks, reaching out to other users and constantly seeing what is going on in the job world can be beneficial to making connections and even finding a new job. If you are looking for a way to stay connected not just socially but on a business level, the Android app for LinkedIn coupled with its web site can do just that for you.
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