How to Use the LinkedIn Home Page
The LinkedIn home page is, by default, full of information about how you use the site. Think of the home page as your command console for working with LinkedIn. You can get to the home page at any time by clicking the LinkedIn logo in the top-left corner of every LinkedIn Web page. The home page holds a variety of information. Of course, your home page is unique to your LinkedIn identity, so it will look different from mine or any other user on LinkedIn.
And remember that your home page is based on the first-degree connections in your network, your pending messages in your Inbox, and the level of participation with functions, such as LinkedIn Answers or Recommendations, or applications like SlideShare or the Amazon Reading List.
First off, check out the menu along the top of the site. Think of this menu as the top navigation bar. This bar has all the major categories for checking your activities on LinkedIn. Just roll your mouse over each function to expand the menu item to see more options.
The number of unanswered messages or invitations in your Inbox is shown (in an orange box) next to the Inbox menu option. Just roll your mouse over the Inbox link and click a category to go straight to the Inbox.
Scroll down your LinkedIn home page to see modules of other aspects of LinkedIn, such as Answers, Jobs, and Network Activity. Based on your profile, positions, and whether you participate in functions like LinkedIn Answers, the site provides a default configuration for your home page and includes the modules it thinks are most useful to you.
When you want to change any of the Settings of your account, simply roll your mouse over your name (in the top-right corner of the screen) and click the Settings link to bring up your Account and Settings page.