7 Tips for Getting More out of LinkedIn Learning
October 26, 2016
LinkedIn Learning is a tool designed to take you places – namely, to that dream job you’ve always wanted, by teaching you the skills you need to get there.
But, like any tool, there are best practices to getting more out of it. To help you, we came up with seven tips that’ll ensure you get the absolute most out of LinkedIn Learning, and make your experience with the platform a transformative one.
1. Take classes!
This one seems obvious, but the absolute best way to get the most out of LinkedIn Learning is to actually take classes within the 5,000+ course library.
I get it, we’re all busy. But remember – each class is broken into bite-sized chunks and they can be watched anytime, anywhere, on any device, online or offline. So take that free time on your commute on the train or on a lazy Sunday and make the investment in yourself for learning.
You’ll thank yourself later.
2. Keep your LinkedIn profile up-to-date with your latest title and skills.
One of LinkedIn Learning’s core features is its recommendation engine, which recommends courses specifically for your needs. For it to work properly, you should update your LinkedIn profile with your current information - such as your current company and current job title.
Additionally, you should list the skills in your LinkedIn profile that most accurately reflect your current skillset. Again, this will help our recommendation engine recommend you more relevant courses, while also representing yourself and your company better on LinkedIn.
3. Identify what skills you’re interested in learning within LinkedIn Learning.
On your homepage of LinkedIn Learning, you’ll be asked what skills you are interested in learning.
If you want to be served courses that’ll best match your needs, choose the skills you are looking to improve. This will help our recommendation engine curate more relevant courses for you, based off those interests.
4. Save classes, to serve as a reminder to take them later.
Say you see a LinkedIn Learning class that is interesting to you, but you don’t have time to take it that moment. The best solution is to save it by hitting the “save” button on the course page.
Then, the next time you sign into LinkedIn Learning, you’ll see your saved courses in the right-corner of the screen. That’ll serve as a reminder for you to take the class.
5. Share courses with your network.
Let’s say you watch a course that you thought was particularly helpful. What you should you do next?
Share it on LinkedIn!
This falls under the category of “the more you give, the more you get”. Yes, you sharing a course isn’t necessarily going to help you, but it will help everyone in your network who is interested in that skill know that’s a course worth taking. It’ll also inspire others to share courses they also thought were great, giving you insight into what you should learn next.
6. Build out your LinkedIn network.
First off, having your LinkedIn network be a true reflection of your actual professional network makes for a better LinkedIn experience. But it also makes for a better LinkedIn Learning experience as well.
The reason is the platform can then more accurately serve you courses that are trending in your network. Additionally, the content you like on LinkedIn help inform our recommendations, so being active on LinkedIn means more relevant course recommendations on LinkedIn Learning.
7. Follow influencers in your field and companies you are interested in on LinkedIn.
If you follow companies and influencers that you admire, LinkedIn Learning has a fuller picture of what you’re interested in and what your aspirations are. Therefore, our course recommendations become more relevant, meaning you learn the exact skills you need to get to where you want to go.
Tying it all together
One of the most powerful features of LinkedIn Learning is its ability to recommend you courses based off your skillset and interests. The more accurate information the recommendation engine has, the stronger the recommendations will be, making for a better experience.
Of course, the most important point here is point one – take classes. Ultimately, LinkedIn learning is a powerful tool for built for you to learn and achieve more, so we encourage you to #AlwaysBeLearning.