3 LinkedIn features you didn't know about

LinkedIn may seem like the red-headed child of social media, but it can be a game changer if you know the power its features wield. 

Check out these 3 features that are sure to take you to the next level: 

1. View profiles in private mode

No, this is not your invitation to be a creeper; but if you're looking to scope out the competition or check out a prospective employee in stealth mode, this is your feature. 

LinkedIn allows you to view profiles in private mode, which means you can hide your visit to the profile. To do this, go to “Settings & Privacy” page. Under the “Visibility” tab, click on “Profile viewing options.” Then select “Private mode” to view profiles as an “Anonymous LinkedIn Member.”

2. Send messages without connecting

Have you ever wanted to reach out/network with someone on LinkedIn and noticed that ... ruh-roh... they don't allow you to message someone that you aren't already connected with? 

Here's the workaround: Join a group the person you want to message is currently in. From the group page, select the option to “See all” members. From there, you'll see the option to message group members. Search for the member you want to get in touch with and click on the “message” button. 

3. Share documents as organic "carousel posts

Did you know LinkedIn officially have an option to share carousel posts? It's a bummer. But, if you're looking for a workaround, I've got you. 

When you share a multi-page PDF document on LinkedIn, it previews in a scrollable, carousel format. This makes it a lot easier to create engaging, dynamic posts.