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LinkedIn Apps You Should Be Using but Aren’t

LinkedIn Apps You Should Be Using but Aren’t

LinkedIn is one of the most important social networks when you are trying to build your professional online presence, whether you are looking for a job, or looking for employees. What is Facebook for entertainment, LinkedIn is for business. That is why companies all over the world use social media to find customers and make business deals, and according to a study, small and medium sized businesses are using LinkedIn to increase the number of potential customers.

This online platform is gaining 2 users per second and currently has over 300 million users, and that is why it has announced that brands may see the website transitioning from a networking site to a more of a content marketing platform. This is why everyone, including myself, is thinking about additionally expanding LinkedIn profiles, especially with some applications that increase productivity and efficiency.

LinkedIn itself offers a number of applications that you can use to increase your productivity. LinkedIn offers its mobile apps for iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone, but also offers other tools that are designed by other websites, and that use information that is stored on your account. People are generally not aware of them, and they can really make your life a bit easier.

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1. The LinkedIn app for mobile

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    Once you’ve installed the LinkedIn app, it will automatically integrate into some other features of your phone. That is why, if you’ve scheduled a meeting, it will also appear in your Calendar app, reminding you of the time and place, but it will also put a link, so that you can check all the info that you might need. You can also use mobile application to apply for jobs directly from your mobile phone, and you can check out all the jobs that are presented to you, based on your interests. You can interact with all the news that are shown there, and you can comment or simply like.

    2. Pulse

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      Another LinkedIn app is Pulse, which can come extremely handy if you want to stay on top of things. It shows you all the news tailored for you, and you can easily explore business content. All the sources there are trusted, meaning the information shown there is reliable for you to use, and you can even discover some new content from a catalog which you can access. You can share whatever you want on your other networks such as Facebook or Twitter. It even offers an offline mode where the application will load all the stories for you to read, whenever you want, even if you don’t have a Wi-Fi.

      3. Oktopost

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        Another useful app if you are using a number of different social profiles, is Oktopost, which is a cost-effective manager that can track and report statistics from all your other accounts. It is an important tool if you want to measure the true value and ROI of their other media campaigns. It is used to distribute content on a larger scale, and to measure its impact with a plethora of analytic tools. Among the simplest things is the campaign calendar which allows you to see when a certain content is set for publication, and Oktopost will automatically measure clicks, leads, and other factors such as the number of comments of likes. It will give you a sense of how your marketing efforts are going, and how can they be improved in the future.

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        4. Connection Timeline

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          If you simply want to see what you’ve done with your LinkedIn profile, Connection Timeline will enable you to do just that, in a visually appealing way. It will take all your connections and place them on a timeline. The amount needed for this will depend on the number of connections that you have, and you can then see when the most crucial time in your LinkedIn development was.

          5. Resume Builder

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            Another great shortcut that you could use is ResumeBuilder. Once it is connected, it will automatically connect and take all the info it needs in order to create a full CV based on your preferences. If you are in a hurry, this could be an easy solution. But the bottom line is that you will have to do some adjustment here and there, but this app can save you a lot of time, and you will have to tailor your personal CV to the required situation.

            LinkedIn is important, and there is no denying that. So, why not upgrade your experience with some of these apps? There are many more online, just waiting to be discovered, that are designed in such a way that will ultimately make your life, and your job, a bit easier.

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            Published on September 20, 2018

            11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

            11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

            In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

            Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

            In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

            Minimizing Tabs

            Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

            Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

            Incognito Mode

            Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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            1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
            2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
            3. Download extension New Incognito Window

            This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

            Save Webpages as PDF Files

            Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

            Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

            Open Recently-closed Tabs

            Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

            One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

            The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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            Solve Mathematical Problems

            Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

            For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

            Play Media Files

            Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

            In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

            Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

            With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

            Stay Focus(e)d

            Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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            Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

            With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

            This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

            Grammarly for Editing

            Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

            You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

            Loom

            There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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            There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

            With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

            Chrome Calendar Extension

            No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

            Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

            Final Thoughts

            Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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