At 3:12 p.m. today, August 2, 2018, I popped by my LinkedIn profile and nearly spilled my iced tea all over my keyboard.
I haven't taken time to investigate, just a moment to grab a screenshot of my Experience Section so folks can see now what it is I'm rejoicing about. This feature has been years ... years ... YEARS in the making and I'm so geeked I could jump from the rafters. (Except it's too hot. And I don't have rafters.)
Could it be that the workarounds my clients and I have endured for eons are a thing of the past?
To understand my joy, let's rewind to 2012.
In early-2012 (or was it late-2011?), LinkedIn approached me saying I was on their short-list of people to interview about things they could do to make LinkedIn a better user experience.
Not sure how I got on that list, but I surely had a long list of features, and indeed, the one-hour interview with two developers and a consultant (perhaps a mildly interesting TV sitcom title) turned into a three-hour pseudo-career advising session. All three wrote furiously in their notebooks, but their questions and their scribbles seemed more in response to career development concepts than feature improvements.
Anyway, one of the most important improvements I saw for "a new LinkedIn experience" was the LinkedIn user's ability to tuck multiple job titles under the same company entry. As it stood, the company name field and job title field were a one-to-one experience, which mean creating a completely new company entry for every job title.
Subpar experience, particularly because doing so created the at-a-glance impression that the profile owner was a job hopper. A kiss-of-death term concept in recruiting that has only recently begun to be more acceptable as the gig economy rushes toward us.
Indeed, most of my clients hold more than one job title at the same company, with a few outliers having held as many as 16 job titles at the same company over 15-20 years!
When LinkedIn released its bold new UI in late-2012, we finally got to include ... wah-waaah ... corporate logos. Which kind of inched the needle toward a better sense of at-a-glance career cohesion, but still looked a trifling mess when you listed every last job in a row.
It had the impression that these fresh-faced developers hadn't been in the workforce long enough to realize the complexities around staying at a company for more than a minute.
I'll admit I was kind of delighted that a "Projects Section" had been included. An idea that wasn't executed how I'd envisioned it, but I kind of loved it anyway and still use that section to highlight some of my speaking and training engagements.
Enough history. Let's celebrate the moment.
Also, it has taken me far too long to write this blog post. So enough blathering about the backstory. Let's all move into everything this could mean to tidying up our LinkedIn profiles and truly demonstrating our stories as they truly happened.
I'll be letting my clients know about the good news, and working with incoming clients to tinker with the new feature.
Anyone have experience with LinkedIn's new Experience Section? More than a fabulous look, it's an important way to demonstrate career stability and value.
Now let's see if LinkedIn will finally fold into a future release the other 2.75 hours of suggestions I gave them! #notholdingmybreath #thankyoulinkedin #atyourmercy #themoreyouknow