LinkedIn Tweaked Its Experience Section to Group All Positions at the Same Workplace

Profile viewers can see multiple roles without the rest of the work history dropping down

LinkedIn's experience section, before and after - Credit by LinkedIn
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LinkedIn tweaked the design of its experience section with an eye toward helping professionals on its network better highlight their past jobs and career movement.

Associate product manager Ian Brooks shared the new look in a blog post, saying that it will begin rolling out on desktop and mobile in the U.S. this week, with global availability to follow “in the coming weeks.”

Brooks wrote that LinkedIn profiles with more than one position listed in their experience sections are viewed up to 29 times more, adding, “One of the No. 1 requests we’ve received when it comes to helping our members tell their personal stories is to create a better way to highlight past experiences and show career movement across each role.”

The experience section now automatically groups consecutive positions held at the same company or organization within a single section, enabling people to spotlight multiple roles at one workplace without pushing the rest of their work history too far down.

Brooks wrote, “Showcasing your past experience isn’t just about highlighting 9-to-5 jobs you’ve held—it should include freelance work, side hustles, volunteer time and one-off projects. If you have held multiple positions at a single organization, it can be a good practice to include them all on the experience portion of your profile, drawing attention to your company tenure, new responsibilities and major achievements. And, once your positions are grouped, your total company tenure is instantly calculated—no more adding up dates in your head to figure out how long you’ve been at a company.”

He also shared the following instructions for adding experience sections and positions to user profiles:

  • Click the “me” icon at the top of your LinkedIn homepage.
  • Click “view profile.”
  • Click “add profile section” in your introduction card.
  • Under the “background” dropdown, click the “add” icon next to “work experience.”
  • In the “add experience” pop-up window, enter your information into the fields provided.
  • Click “save.”
  • Once the experience section has been added to your profile, you can include more positions at any time by clicking the add icon within the experience section and filling out the fields provided. To edit existing experiences, tap the pencil icon.

Brooks also cautioned that the new experience grouping feature will only work if companies or organizations listed link to the same pages on the professional network, adding, “Making these small changes now to your profile will give recruiters, potential clients or connections more insight into who you are and what you do and could increase your visibility overall. So, let your experience work for you.” David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.
Publish date: August 6, 2018 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT