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LinkedIn Tips and Traps - Step 1 - Account Settings
Questions or comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org. (Updated September 19, 2017.)Part of HPAA's "LinkedIn Tips and Traps" article series.
Check critical LinkedIn account settings: so that you receive job leads and requests to connect, have a little privacy, and don't drown in emails.
- Google yourself -- with your name in quotation marks -- to be sure you don't have a forgotten public LinkedIn account connected to former email address. If you have a common name, include "HP" as one of the Google search terms. Repeat the search with each employer you have ever had. Repeat if you have worked under another name. If you find a duplicate account, you can get it deleted or merged. An inactive account will stay on the system until you delete it.
- If you don't already have an account, setting up a free account is easy -- and requires only name and email address to get started. Just keep skipping the steps pushing you to provide more information -- you can finish your profile later. To create a new account, start at the LinkedIn homepage.
- The HPAA volunteers cannot change the email addresses on your LinkedIn account. You must do that yourself. Change LinkedIn email address
- You can have multiple email addresses on your LinkedIn account. LinkedIn sends job leads, requests to connect, and some Group emails to your primary address. For most people, the primary address should be a personal email address. This ensures that you maintain control of your account through changes in employment, provides privacy, and avoids important emails being inadvertently discarded by a company firewall. In addition to your current work address, you can include former personal and work addresses on your account as secondary addresses -- so that LinkedIn members who know you by another address will be able to connect with you. Reduce LinkedIn emails
- Do not ever give LinkedIn access to your email address book. If you do, LinkedIn will send multiple request-to-connect emails under your name to every person and company you have ever corresponded with -- dog-sitter, former-manager-from-hell, city streetlight maintenance, etc. On the "Get started by adding your email address" screen, click the small "Skip this step" link in the lower right corner -- instead of the big "Continue" button in the center. At LinkedIn, you are not the customer, you are the product.
- As with any online service, do not use a password on LinkedIn that you use for any other service. LinkedIn Corp. has been breached twice. LinkedIn offers "Two-Step" verification -- texting a random code to your phone if you log in from an unrecognized device -- however, we are reluctant to recommend it. One member was locked out for several weeks -- apparently due to a bug in LinkedIn's verification system.
- Check that the "First Name" and "Last Name" fields are correct on your account -- so that you can be found. Some folks have first and last reversed. It is even possible to wind up with a comma as your last name.
- Nothing on LinkedIn is private. The whole point of LinkedIn is to allow recruiters to search for candidates, salespeople to hunt for prospects, and people to connect with each other. Every LinkedIn member has basic search capabilities. Recruiters -- who may work for your current employer -- pay $9,000 per year for very powerful searching, tracking, and monitoring tools. In short, do not do anything on LinkedIn that you don't want your employer, managers, co-workers, or competitors to see. Details: HPAA's summary of LinkedIn privacy. At LinkedIn, you are not the customer, you are the product.
- There are a few limited privacy settings. Click the pulldown
arrow under your photo (next to "Me") and select "Settings & Privacy"
Next step -- Profile:Optimize your LinkedIn profile so that recruiters and hiring managers will find you.
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Questions or comments to: email@example.com
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