Skills: another new LinkedIn feature

LinkedIn has just launched another new feature: Skills. It allows people to search for a specific skill among the millions of profiles. It really enhances the search facility by allowing users to find key people within that community, locations, related companies, relevant jobs and relevant groups.

This new feature is still in beta, and it marks an important new iteration for the professional networking platform. Now searchers get contextual information that is really, really useful.

It’s easy to use. Just login and go to the LinkedIn Skills page. Search for a skill you have and click on ‘Add Skill’. You’ll arrive at a new screen where you add the skill and any others you’d like to highlight. Select your proficiency and number of years experience and voila! The information is added to your profile and makes your information a lot more searchable.

Sherrilynne Starkie is a consultant at PDMS. For almost 18 years, Sherrilynne has been advising blue-chip organisations on both sides of the pond, covering Britain, Canada and the United States. For three years, Sherrilynne was the Tech Talk columnist for the Isle of Man newspapers. She serves on the steering committee for Isle of Man Women in Business, is on the Executive Council for the Isle of Man Junior Chamber of Commerce. In the past she was on the management committee for the Isle of Man British Computer Society and the marketing committee of Junior Achievement.