3 Ways to Update Your LinkedIn Profile on The Sly

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Want to use LinkedIn for your job search, but afraid that your employer will find out?

Worried that your boss or colleagues will react to changes in your Profile?

You probably know there’s no way to make your LinkedIn Profile 100% private; however, these tips will help you update LinkedIn during your job search – without giving yourself away: Continue reading “3 Ways to Update Your LinkedIn Profile on The Sly”

3 Must-Use Social Media Sites for Job Seekers in 2015

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In 2015 and beyond, your success in job search will depend on more than a stellar resume and sharp interviewing skills.

The often-overlooked component? 

Your social media presence.

Whether you realize it or not, these top 3 social media sites (and your participation on them) can make or break your job search.

Here’s how to join and leverage them during your 2015 job hunt – along with tips for expressing your personal brand on each one:

1 – LinkedIn.

LinkedIn, the original go-to site for recruiters, is still a preferred choice among many employers. Without a LinkedIn Profile, your job search is a nonstarter – so if you don’t have one, or it’s minimally filled-in, get going!

Employers are drawn to LinkedIn for the sheer volume of professionals using it, plus the ability to search for you by keyword (skills, geographic location, name, and credentials). Therefore, you’ll want to populate your Profile with this data as soon as possible. Other insider tips for your best use of LinkedIn: Continue reading “3 Must-Use Social Media Sites for Job Seekers in 2015”

How to Block Stalkers on LinkedIn

Blocking LinkedIn Stalkers

Waiting for a way to block specific users on LinkedIn? You’ll be happy to hear about LinkedIn’s new Member Blocking feature, which was announced in February 2014.

Hailed by account holders as a significant improvement, Member Blocking allows you to prevent another user from viewing your professional details.

The feature was built in response to a growing volume of requests from LinkedIn users who found that their workplaces, location, and other details were viewable to potentially dangerous contacts.

Member Blocking requires that you visit the Profile page of the offending party, and choose the “Block or report” option from the Send InMail dropdown list.

There’s a bit more to know, however:  here’s the lowdown on what REALLY happens when you block another member, with steps to take if you truly want to avoid releasing details to a potential stalker: Continue reading “How to Block Stalkers on LinkedIn”

I’m An Anonymous User on LinkedIn – And Here’s Why

Anonymous LinkedIn UserIf you use the Who’s Viewed Your Profile tool on LinkedIn, you’ve probably noticed visits from Anonymous LinkedIn users.

You know – the ones who frustrate you with “This member chose to be shown as anonymous,” while leaving only a gray, faceless avatar?

That’s me.

But before you send negative vibes my way, I’d like to share with you why I’ve chosen this setting on LinkedIn.

In fact, I’d like to explain why possibly ALL Anonymous LinkedIn users set themselves up for invisible surfing – and why we’re NOT likely to change this anytime soon: Continue reading “I’m An Anonymous User on LinkedIn – And Here’s Why”

Trying to Make Your LinkedIn Profile Private? It Won’t Happen

Trying to keep your LinkedIn Profile information hidden from the prying eyes of your boss or colleagues?

To paraphrase an old advertising slogan:  Sorry, Charlie. There’s no way to add information on LinkedIn and prevent it from being seen.

The confusion arises when LinkedIn users see the option for a Public Profile and believe its purpose is to lock down information. (It’s actually a way to prevent access to your Profile from outside of LinkedIn or by users with no LinkedIn account.)

Even the information from LinkedIn’s Help Center makes it clear that you can’t prevent access to your Profile… yet the myth of “privacy” continues to exist. Just Google “How to make LinkedIn Profile private” and you’ll see the same misinformation, over and over.

Here’s 5 reasons why your LinkedIn data is (almost) always 100% public:

1) The Public Profile doesn’t do what you think it does.

LinkedIn offers you the option of a privacy option for your Public Profile. Again, this is for the URL TO YOUR PROFILE, not the Profile itself! Continue reading “Trying to Make Your LinkedIn Profile Private? It Won’t Happen”