Professional Networking is Getting Better: LinkedIn Mac Integration

Good news for all you Apple-loving, HR folks! Last month at the Apple Worldwide Developer’s Conference in San Fransisco, keynote speaker, Craig Federighi announced that LinkedIn will be integrated into the newest version of OS X, called OS X Mavericks. It was pretty great when they integrated Twitter, but now they’re integrating an HR professional’s best friend.

The new integration boasts a smooth, interactive LinkedIn experience on the Mac platform. Users will see instant notifications of connections, shares and all around LinkedIn activity. We are always looking for tools that keep us better connected, and this is one of them.

Keeping the world’s largest professional networking site up to date can be tough for users. LinkedIn expert, Neil Schaffer, says you should have 10x as many connections as your age. With over 225 million users, LinkedIn teamed up with Mac to make it easier than ever to keep track and build your professional network.

Ever since the addition of LinkedIn Talent Solutions, recruiters have been hooked on its ease of use, and vast talent pool. This new integration will make it easier than ever for recruiters to utilize LinkedIn optimally.

Here’s what you can expect from the new integration:

  • Your LinkedIn notifications will be directly incorporated into your notification center. Quicker notification scanning will lead to fast engagement. Being responsive, and on top of your game is vital in the recruiting and HR field.
  • You can now “Share to LinkedIn” directly from Safari. Sharing relevant information in a fast and easy way increases engagement and influence. Having an influence in the recruiting space helps to build a brand, which can be sculpted through thoughtful engagement.
  • This is a fun one; you can now update your LinkedIn profile picture directly from the Photo Booth. If you’re anything like the average LinkedIn user, you are always scanning connections and checking in on profiles. A refreshing, fun or timely picture catches eyes.
  • And now for the patience saver; this integration boasts a single sign-on. You only have to sign in once, regardless of the use of third-party apps. While signing on and off won’t exactly shorten your lunch hour, these small improvements help to streamline the process and facilitate a growing network.

Big data, social media and professional networking are all getting harder to stay on top of. Tools like LinkedIn have made life easier, and it will soon become even better. A quick tip from LinkedIn pro, Schaffer, is to check out an app called CardMunch. This app can quickly scan business cards and transfer the information right into your LinkedIn account. Happy professional network building!

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