Managing Privacy Wisely on LinkedIn
Doing so positions you to be found more easily and potentially; to be invited to apply for opportunities. Overly-tight LinkedIn privacy settings can lead you to miss opportunities.
Understand Your Privacy Settings
To maximize the value of LinkedIn while managing your privacy there, adjust the LinkedIn privacy controls in your LinkedIn settings. Pay close attention to these four options in particular:
1. Turn off/on your activity broadcasts. If you're running a covert job search and planning to conduct a major overhaul of your LinkedIn profile, turn off your activity broadcast before making changes if you fear that making the changes will alert your boss. Consider turning it back on after your profile overhaul is complete.
Keep in mind that LinkedIn will send out a message announcing that you have a new job if you merely update your job title or add a project to your “Experience” section. This is not good for jobseekers. The last thing they want is for people to think they've taken new positions.
In general, it can be useful to let people know you've viewed their LinkedIn Profile, especially before a job interview with them. It makes you appear to be thorough and diligent about your research.
Miriam Salpeter is a job search and social media consultant, career coach, author, speaker, resume writer and owner of Keppie Careers. She is author of Social Networking for Business Success, Social Networking for Career Success and 100 Conversations for Career Success.
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