With the LinkedIn app, you can network and hunt for work even while waiting for a job interview to start.
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LinkedIn, the insanely popular business social-networking monolith, has an app, and it’s killer. With a LinkedIn Mobile pageview increase of more than 400 percent, according to a LinkedIn blog post, it was only natural for the service to unleash a new and improved version of its original app. In April, LinkedIn released a well-received update, making the app more functional across Android and iOS devices, and making the act of social networking with your professional contacts actually addicting.
Just like the website, the LinkedIn app keeps you up to speed with your confirmed peers, the developments in their careers, potential new contacts to establish and the ability to control your own profile—all from your mobile device.
Once you begin adding people to your network (contacts are remarkably easy to find), LinkedIn starts to notify you of new connections in a similar way you get mail or app updates (with that little red number). Through these notifications, you’re able to see updates from colleagues who changed jobs and the new connections they obtain. You can also access your LinkedIn Groups via the app and participate in discussions. The Groups feature was the number-one request that LinkedIn received from its users, and it was incorporated into LinkedIn 5.0, according to LinkedIn’s blog.
The LinkedIn app takes the boring, black pantsuit stigma out of professional networking, thanks to an über-sleek user interface. The clean newsfeed displays your contacts’ statuses.The app also incorporates a calendar tool and an organized Inbox, where you can view, reply and delete LinkedIn messages. Last but not least, you’ll enjoy browsing the LinkedIn Today section, which features the top news stories in LinkedIn.
Plain and simple: If you’re looking to expand your professional reach, this app is a must-have.
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