Note: You may not have noticed, but LinkedIn is changing the way you do things.

The “good stuff,” as I like to call it, is getting harder to find, but I will show you where to look in the next few blog posts.

downarrow_LinkedInRight next to the “send a message” bar on any connection’s personal profile page, you will see an adjacent button with a downward pointing arrow.

Click that and a dropdown box with some powerful functionality appears.

All this week, I will review them one by  go one by one to make you more comfortable using these shortcuts:

Block or report:

I don’t know about you but I am seeing an increase in spam messages to me on LinkedIn. Some are enticing and I subscribe to the “if it’s too good to be true it must be” philosophy. So I resist, especially when they come out of the blue with no reference point of how we are connected or through whom or what group.

Some are downright funny. Yesterday, again, I received an offer to join an amazing LinkedIn group of Trainers (as in gym trainers) not LinkedIn trainers. I will be happy to train gym trainers but I will block them if I receive one more offer to join the group: “3 strikes and you are out.”

And finally, although I have not had to do this, you can report offenders to the LinkedIn “police” for action.