Being a LinkedIn lover and profile writer, I come across a variety of questions and doubts every day. Most of them are based on the glitches in the features and functionality of LinkedIn itself. LinkedIn has certainly made some great additions like Pulse and SlideShare, but it exhibits some flaws in its UI and functionality. Therefore, I have elaborated about these 7 changes LinkedIn should make in 2016.
1. Flat UI
LinkedIn UI has not changed for as long as I can remember. With the majority of websites and world’s leading networks are adapting flat layout, LinkedIn is not paying attention.
2. Capability to add images & Links in Voluntary section
It is important to showcase your voluntary work. That is why LinkedIn has this separate section. But the problem is, it doesn’t have the feature to insert images and links like we have in the experience section. I found this aspect really frustrating.
3. Capability to attach certificate to the course
Right now LinkedIn displays courses and certificates separately. But in my opinion, there should be an option to attach a particular certificate to the respective course. This will be more user-friendly and it will prevent unnecessary lengthening of the LinkedIn profile. Option to choose images while adding the links
4. Option to choose images while adding the links
When you add a link in your summary or any other section of your LinkedIn profile, LinkedIn randomly fetches an image from that webpage. In my opinion, there should be an option for the users to select their preferred images while sharing links like we do in Facebook.
5. The “Contact Info” section should be revamped
It is really important for a recruiter to have contact info of potential employees at first glance of their profile. But currently, as you can see the contact info section looks hidden. It looks like a dull greyed out bar residing underneath the LinkedIn profile card. Twitter is a great example of beautiful info section right under the profile picture. LinkedIn should also adopt the same methodology as well. Background Photo positioning
6. Background Photo positioning
When you add a background photo to your LinkedIn profile you’ll find it only partially visible. It is obvious that an image which is mostly hidden is of no use. Here again, LinkedIn needs to have inspiration from Twitter.
7. Additional info section should be removed
When you add personal details and interests, LinkedIn display that information in the additional info section, which I found a waste of space and unnecessary lengthening of the LinkedIn profile. According to me, the summary section is the best place to share personal interests. And personal details can be displayed in the profile card itself.
To sum up
The changes listed above will surely make LinkedIn, a perfect professional network which will help people to make the most out their profile and network. I would like to know about your feedback about these changes and any questions related to LinkedIn’s functionality or profile optimization.