Introducing a Smarter Way to Message and Build Meaningful Relationships on LinkedIn

April 13, 2017

Did you know that 80% of LinkedIn members consider professional networking to be important to career success? It’s not surprising as conversations are at the heart of unlocking opportunities such as a new job, business lead or career advice.

That’s why we’re rolling out an even smarter messaging experience with the ability to message a connection from wherever you may be on LinkedIn, along with suggestions that can help connect you to a new job.  

Here’s what’s new:

Message professional connections from anywhere

We’ve made messaging easier to use and more accessible from anywhere on the LinkedIn desktop experience. Whether you’re reconnecting with a former colleague, searching for a job, or looking for a potential candidate, you now have the ability to start an instant conversation. This means that you’ll never lose context when reaching out to your network. For example, you can have a conversation with a connection without ever leaving their profile, or reach out to someone directly from the LinkedIn Feed.

Insights to help start conversations

One of the best ways to get connected to a new opportunity is through your network. In fact, nearly 50% of LinkedIn members have found a job through a mutual connection.

To make your job search even easier, we’ve added relevant suggestions within messaging on the Jobs and Company pages to help you start a conversation. For example, when looking at a job posting at a company you’re interested in we’ll show you which of your connections work there, or who can introduce you to someone at the company.

If you’re responding to a message, we’ve also made it easier for you to reply quickly with one simple tap on mobile. For example, “Thanks” and “I’ll get back to you.”

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What’s next?

Conversations help you build relationships that can ultimately make the difference in getting you to your next opportunity -- whether that’s a new job, a new client or the chance to speak at an industry event. We’re excited to continue exploring other ways to make LinkedIn more powerful, intuitive and contextual.