LinkedIn is #1 in Top 11 Job Search sites

Last updated: July 24, 2020
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The best alternatives to LinkedIn are: Glassdoor, Indeed, Monster, ZipRecruiter



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2020. LinkedIn adds polls and live video-based events in a focus on more virtual engagement



LinkedIn announced two new feature: a new Polls feature for users to canvas opinions and get feedback; and a new “LinkedIn Virtual Events” tool that lets people create and broadcast video events via its platform. Despite now being owned by Microsoft, interestingly it doesn’t seem that the Virtual Events service taps into Teams or Skype, Microsoft’s two other big video products that it has been pushing hard at a time when use of video streaming for work, education and play is going through the roof. The polls feature is a quick-fire and low-bar way of asking a question and encouraging engagement.




2018. LinkedIn launches Talent Insights



LinkedIn launched a new feature called Talent Insights. It consists of two parts to it, one focused on people at a company, called “Talent Pool,” and another focused on data about a company, “Company Report.” The first of these will let businesses run searches across the LinkedIn database to discover talent with characteristics similar to those what a business might already be hiring, and figure out where they are at the moment (in terms of location and company affiliation), and where they are moving, what skills they might have in common, and how to better spot those who might be on the way up based on all of this. The second set of data tools (Company Report) provides a similar analytics profile but about your organisation and those that you would like to compare against it in areas like relative education levels and schools of the respective workforces; which skills employees have or don’t have; and so on.


2017. LinkedIn launched own advertising network



LinkedIn launched a new service LinkedIn Audience Network: a way for advertisers to buy inventory on a network of mobile sites and apps beyond LinkedIn itself, but still using LinkedIn’s demographic data, to broadcast their Sponsored Content — LinkedIn’s term for updates posted by companies that can be reports or other links, which the companies pay to promote. Initially, the LinkedIn Audience Network will cover tens of thousands of sites and apps globally, as well as ad exchanges like MoPub, Sharethrough, Google Ad Exchange and Rubicon and Microsoft-owned services like MSN.com and Outlook.com. The audience network is rolling out globally to all English-speaking countries first.


2017. Microsoft integrated LinkedIn with Dynamics 365



Microsoft announced some significant integrations between the professional social network LinkedIn (that it bought last year) and Microsoft Dynamics 365, the company’s CRM and ERP suite. First of all, the company is linking Dynamics 365 and the LinkedIn Sales Navigator tool to give sales people access to its database of 500 million users. Microsoft is also announcing a tool for HR pros called Dynamics 365 for Talent, which gives Dynamics 365 ERP users, the ability to search for new talent directly from LinkedIn’s Recruiter and Learning solutions, and manage employees from recruitment throughout their time with company.


2016. Salesforce wants to block Microsoft acquisition of LinkedIn



Friendship between Salesforce and Microsoft lasted only two years. Just a couple of years ago Marc Benioff and Satya Nadella made selfies together and were best friends forever. But then Microsoft betrayed the friendship. First they announced Dynamics 365 - the combined CRM/ERP cloud system, that will soon become the direct rival to Salesforce. And then Microsoft acquired LinkedIn - the professional social network. So now Salesforce is forcing US and European anti-monopoly authorities to attentively review the deal, because it "threatens the future of innovation and competition". "By gaining ownership of LinkedIn’s unique dataset of over 450 million professionals in more than 200 countries, Microsoft will be able to deny competitors access to that data, and in doing so obtain an unfair competitive advantage" - Benioff says.


2016. LinkedIn unveiled e-Learning service



Business-oriented social network LinkedIn (now owned by Microsoft) launched the e-learning portal called LinkedIn Learning, containing thousands of online courses from coding to accounting. It's based on startup Lynda.com, acquired by LinkedIn last year. The courses can be either selected by employees themselves or pushed by employers, who can use LinkedIn’s analytics products to monitor employees progress. LinkedIn education is available for free for LinkedIn Premium subscribers who look like they will get 25 new courses every week.


2014. Evernote and LinkedIn integrate business cards into social network


Business card scanning apps were already on the market for some time (i.e. Evernote). They rescue business people from card-full wallets, but don't solve another problem: contacts may change over time. Fortunately, this problem is solved by social networks (especially LinkedIn), where people update their own contact information, and it's automatically updated in their friends' address books. A few days ago LinkedIn integrated with Evernote. Now you just make a photo of business card and your smartphone immediately shows you the person's LinkedIn profile.  You're then given the option to connect with that CEO, secretary or digital prophet on LinkedIn or add their contact info to your address book. However, things get interesting as your business relationship blossoms. Over time, you can add things like audio from a meeting, documents, or even key emails with him or her to the card's page in Evernote.


2013. LinkedIn wants to become contact manager in every Email client


Most people are moving away from e-mail as a tool for communication with family and friends. They use social networks or skype. But in businesses, especially for communication with partners and customers, Email continues to be probably the main communication channel. That's why, LinkedIn (the social network for business) sees the great prospects for itself in this technology. Ideally, LinkedIn wants to become an address book in each email-client. Address book, which contains the most recent and complete information about your business contacts. For this reason last year LinkedIn acquired the browser plug-in Rapportive, which works inside GMail and shows the social profile of a person that sent you email. Rapportive is still working, and recently LinkedIn introduced its version for iPhone mail - LinkedIn Intro. This is not a standalone app but also a plug-in that is registered online and appears in the phone settings. The video above shows how it works.


2013. LinkedIn launches Sponsored posts


It means that now you can post something interesting and pay for the post promotion to make it visible not only for your followers, but also for other LinkedIn users that you can target by location, industry, position, age, etc. Similar sponsored posts advertising is already available on Facebook and Twitter. However, in Facebook - you can't target audience so precisely (you can only choose: show post to friends or to friends of your friends), and advertising on Twitter is still available only in the US. LinkedIn advertising also has the drawback - the click cost. Even with that precious targeting, paying several dollars per click - is quite expensive. And when you sign up to participate in the LinkedIn Promoted Updates, they ask you if you spend less than $15,000 per quarter or more.


2013. LinkedIn acquired Pulse. Wants to become the primary source of business news


News-reading has become the hot topic after Google's announcement about the death of Google Reader, and it's likely that in the coming months we'll hear a lot of loud news from this market. The first has come from the business-oriented social network LinkedIn that is buying (for $90 million) the mobile news reader Pulse. If you don't know how Pulse works - watch the video. When you first start it - it asks to choose your topics of interest, and then immediately shows you the top news on these topics from the most popular sources. Then you can configure your own news pages and add the sites you want to track. The feed selection is not so flexible as in RSS-reader, but you'll get more pictures and have to think less. Pulse generally takes the news from the same RSS feeds, which it finds on the sites. Pulse alternative news apps are Flipboard, Instapaper and Google Currents. And of course, the question is - why LinkedIn needs it? LinkedIn's target audience - is businessmen and executives. And LinkedIn knows that these guys - are perhaps the most active news readers. On the other hand, they (or rather their companies) are the main sources of business news. So LinkedIn wants to be in the middle of this looped circle of news distribution and consuming.


2012. LinkedIn wants to become Facebook for Business



Though the term "Facebook for Business" is already associated with intranet social networks, such as as Yammer and Chatter, LinkedIn is close to becoming the first real social business network ala Facebook. A few years ago, when Facebook like a truck was crushing all other social networks, LinkedIn stepped aside. It didn't try to compete with Facebook for a place where people hang out and communicate. LinkedIn has become a social service finding job (or employees) and fulfilled this function well. Probably, it allowed LinkedIn to survive at that time. However, LinkedIn is no longer surviving. LinkedIn attacks. Over the last three years the number of LinkedIn users increased by 150 million (up to 175 million). Now, LinkedIn is ready to compete with Facebook and Twitter for the "hang out place". Twitter recently realized this and blocked users to send tweets to LinkedIn. But it looks like it only encouraged LinkedIn. Recently, LinkedIn is constantly publishing researches, holding conferences, adding new features, expanding advertising service. The major update has happened today - a new profile that is similar to profile in Facebook - with a large photo and activities block in the center. Previously, the center block contained resume - and now there are user posts, updates and interesting news he shares. Come comment, communicate and hang out! Also, now when you open someone's profile you will immediately see what you have in common with this person thanks to this diagram: LinkedIn wants you to quickly find common interests and start communicating with the user. On the profile, you'll also see people similar to this person (by location, company, industry) - may be you'll want to communicate with them? And user's contacts are now displayed not as a boring list without pictures, but like this: Besides, recently LinkedIn added Influencer-blogs and the opportunity to subscribe to them (Just like you can subscribe to Facebook-stars). Among influencers you can find a lot of experienced managers, like Barack Obama and Richard Branson. Read what these people write, discuss with friends, communicate, hang out!


2012. LinkedIn compared office of the past, present and future



Probably, LinkedIn always has a crowd of office workers from different companies that have nothing to do and can answer a couple of questions. This time, LinkedIn surveyed 7000 respondents about the office of the past, present and future. So, here is the list of top 10 office tools and workplace norms that are dying in the modern office: 1. Tape recorders (79 percent) 2. Fax machines (71 percent) 3. The Rolodex (58 percent) 4. Standard working hours (57 percent) 5. Desk phones (35 percent) 6. Desktop computers (34 percent) 7. Formal business attire like suits, ties, pantyhose, etc. (27 percent) 8. The corner office for managers/executives (21 percent) 9. Cubicles (19 percent) 10. USB thumb drives (17 percent) Here are the technologies and trends that people say more often represent their work life: 1. Tablets (55 percent) 2. Cloud storage (54 percent) 3. Flexible working hours and smartphones (which tied at 52 percent) And here are a few “dream” things people would like to see more part of the office experience: 1. A clone or assistant to help during the workday (25 percent) 2. A  place in the office that provides natural sunlight (25 percent) 3. A quiet place in your office where you’re allowed to take a nap (22 percent) 4. And a mute button for their co-workers, so they don’t have to hear them talk. And here are some wishes which are closer to reality: 1. Private lift to my parking place 2. A chair that would generate heat 3. An office tea trolley 4. A ping pong table 5. A room with a number of punch bags


2012. What if LinkedIn was invented in the 80s?


If you thought job hunting was difficult today, imagine how painful the process would’ve been in the past, without the Internet.


2012. LinkedIn acquired Youtube for presentations - SlideShare



LinkedIn, the professional social network #1, is doing fine. During two last quarters LinkedIn manages to double its incomes - already up to $188 million/quarter. And the company is already valued at $10 billion. That's why LinkedIn can afford to buy the new users in bulk - for example, by purchasing online service SlideShare for $119 million. SlideShare works like Youtube - only not for video - but for presentations. And its target audience - are mostly business users (like in LinkedIn). You can upload to SlideShare your PowerPoint presentation and publish it anywhere in the embeddable web-viewer (like yuotube video). Besides SlideShare - is itself an additional marketing channel with a large audience, so by publishing a presentation on it, you can get new customers and partners. Will LinkedIn somehow integrate SlideShare into its network - is not clear yet, but at least they have already embedded LinkedIn presentation on the SlideShare homepage.


2011. LinkedIn is trying to take business-sites away from Facebook



As known, last year Facebook has launched its not-very-secret plan of conquering the Internet, according to which all web sites will embed social plug-ins Facebook Connect (from the Like button to the commenting system). And to date, most sites have voluntarily become nodes in the huge Facebook's social graph. Business-oriented social network LinkedIn wants to repeat this trick only in the business space. This week it unveiled the set of social plug-ins, almost the same as that of Facebook. LinkedIn is bidding on the fact that most people wouldn't like to interfere with their work and business with personal life. For example, when somebody shares a link to new photos of Jennifer Lopez ass, he would like his business partners to receive this link. And vice versa, if a person pitches his Facebook feed with PR and business news - no one will make friends with him. LinkedIn provides business sites and private blogs the following plug-ins: Share button - to share business news and interesting offerings Business Card = your resume + business contacts Company Profile Company Insider - shows customized information about a company including who, in the logged-in person's network, works there, a list of new hires and job changes, and even the ability to follow such news LinkedIn login that supports OAuth 2.0