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Job Search, Networking

LinkedIn Changes and Features

If you’re a LinkedIn user, you’ve probably noticed that LinkedIn recently introduced a new user interface, along with some other changes in functionality. These changes were designed to create “a LinkedIn experience that is more intuitive, faster and creates more value for you.”

If you aren’t already using LinkedIn, you are missing out on a number of features that can streamline your job search. Here are four we’ve found to be particularly useful!

Alumni Tool

A feature we use every day! The alumni tool makes it easy to find fellow alumni by: location, company, type of work, major, skills, and LinkedIn connection level. Search for Apply filters accordingly, using the search box if needed. Scroll down to see alumni.


Job Alerts

This turns your regular job posting search into a saved alert. Click “Jobs” and run your search. Click the “Create search alert” button at the right of the page. That’s it!

Location Preference

You can determine the location you wish to search in if different from your current location. Click “Jobs” and indicate the appropriate location (see image below). This field can become part of your job alert.

location and saved alert

Letting Recruiters Know You’re Open to Opportunities

Increase your chances of being approached by recruiters. Click “Me,” then “Settings & Privacy,” then “Privacy,” and then “Job Seeking,” at the left. Click “Let recruiters know you’re open to opportunities,” read the fine print and change setting to “yes.”


These features can help you expand your alumni network, streamline your job search, and will hopefully result in attention from recruiters.

If you need help setting up or refreshing your LinkedIn profile, check out our webinar How to Create a Standout LinkedIn Profile that Gets Results, or schedule an advising appointment!