Recently my husband has been looking for employment so we have been learning all about the LinkedIn Website to help him in his search. At the same time I decided to update my LinkedIn Profile and one of the things that I tried was the Linked in App on my iPad
I was able to download the App on my iPad easily. I am not using it on my iPhone so this review will refer to my experience with the App on my iPad. The App was free and was downloaded easily with no issues. I have not experienced any crashes or errors thus far.
The LinkedIn App will work with iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, and Windows devices. If you want information for your particular device you can cut and paste this url http://touch.www.linkedin.com/mobile.html
Using The App
Getting Started: The fist thing I was looking for was a way to edit my profile on the App for my iPad, and for the life of me if I can edit on this App, I have no idea how you would do it. besides logging in and out I do not see any way to make changes.
When you first open the app and sign in you see three things in the middle of the screen. All Updates, You, and Messages. On the top is a LinkedIn symbol to the left, a settings tab next to it, and on the right a search symbol.
App Icon: The LinkedIn icon is in the top left. Remember this because it is like a home key for the app. Tap it to get you back to the home screen.
Search: If you click the little magnifying glass on the top right you can search for new contacts and also see everyone you are already connected with. It shows a neat list with everyone you are connected to in alphabetical order with the persons photo to the right. This is actually well done and easy to find people using the App search feature.
All Updates: If you click on all updates, you will see a list of who viewed your profile and a lot of articles that LinkedIn thinks you should read. It also shows you anything new with those you are connected with, but it seems that the articles are focused rather than my connections. I think this should be the other way around.
You: When you click on You, it will show you your profile. I thought I could perhaps edit my profile under settings but can not figure it out. When I looked at my profile I noted that things were set up in a different order than what I was viewing online. I thought perhaps if I edited it on my iPad it would fix this but apparently the App has it’s own ideas of how my experience should be listed. I was not crazy about the fact that I can not edit my account on the App and that the App shows my profile to others differently than the way that I set it up.
Messages: The Message icon will take you to all your messages and allow you to interact with those you are connected with. You can connect with people who have sent you a message or send messages to others.
LinkedIn for iPad vs the website
Unfortunately the App for the iPad does not replace the need for using the website. Luckily I can still go to the website on my ipad by using the Safari browser. The App has a lot of limitations compared to using the website. The App is great for looking at your contacts and messages and checking for updates, but you still need the website if you want to add things to your profile or change anything at all. The only thing you can really do to your profile with the app is connect with other LinkedIn members and send and read messages.
I was also disappointed to find out that after editing the order of my job experiences on my account on their website, the order does not change when viewed on the iPad. My husband tried looking on his iPad and my profile has my experience ordered wrong. I set up my experience so that the most important was listed first. The app has it listed as which one I started most recently first, which is not the impression I want my profile to give. I am hoping they will fix this glitch because it affects everyone using LinkedIn.
Final thoughts and Rating
If you are actively looking for a job this mobile version might be helpful with getting messages looking up contacts. I am not sure how necessary it is for someone who is not actively looking for work. It might be better for freelancers and consultants who are always looking for work and may use LinkedIn more actively on an ongoing basis. I think that the App is severely lacking by not letting me edit my profile using it and also by changing the order of my experience from the way I listed it in my profile online. I think the App does have value but has some room for improvement. I will give it three stars and recommend the App. I will be watching for updates.