Considering there are more than 450,000 New Zealanders registered on LinkedIn, it’s always amazed me the social employment site hasn’t had an iPad app until now.
Up until the recent release of the LinkedIn iPad app (free from the App Store), iPad users’ only option was to use the scaled up version of the iPhone app.
The iPad version goes above and beyond what is available on the iPhone version, and truly makes use of the iPad’s screen real estate.
Logging in with your LinkedIn account presents you with a simple three-option interface: your updates, your profile, and your inbox.
The updates area shows you information like who in your network have got new jobs, people who’ve viewed your account, and updates from your LinkedIn feed.
The feed displays the news in boxes which open up to larger fuller articles. If you’ve used Flipboard for iPad you’ll be familiar with this experience.
The profile tab shows all your LinkedIn information, in a neatly laid out format. You can swipe through your personal information like education and employment, essentially creating a digital CV which you can carry to interviews.
Unfortunately you can’t edit your profile through the app, but I expect this to be available in a future update.
The inbox is used to look at recent messages you've recieved, and keep up to date with notifcations and connection requests.
If you let it sync with your iPad’s calendar, you can upload information about your meetings to LinkedIn.
The app then displays your calendar along with profile information on the people you’re meeting with (if they have a LinkedIn account).
If you're ever meeting someone new, do a quick search in the search box to learn more about them.
The LinkedIn iPad app is simple and feature rich, without being bloated with all the services available on the web version. This app is for keeping updated on the news that is important to the people you are connected with professionally.
4 and a half stars