How to Stop Your Work Anniversary Notifications on LinkedIn

Annoyed with the flood of “Congratulations!” notes on LinkedIn every time your work anniversary rolls around?

Try removing the Months on your jobs in the Experience section. Navigate to the job on LinkedIn, click the pencil icon to edit the dates, and select “Choose” instead of specifying the month. Hit Save and you’re done!

I have to admit – I typically use just years, rather than a month/year combination in my executive and professional resumes, which is why I rarely encounter issues like this one.

But I digress… don’t stop at this change if LinkedIn isn’t producing the results you want.

Tune your Profile to your advantage with these tips:

Trash These 7 Phrases on Your LinkedIn Profile

Make Your LinkedIn Photo Shout Your Personal Brand

Update Your LinkedIn Profile on The Sly

Write a Memorable, Knockout LinkedIn Profile Summary

Take These 5 Worthless Phrases OUT of Your LinkedIn Headline

Is Your LinkedIn Photo a Joke? Change It!

Avoid the #1 LinkedIn Headline Mistake

In a nutshell, use the right type of message and content on LinkedIn to attract your target audience and keep the focus where you want it: on your qualifications.

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How to Add Your Success Stories on LinkedIn for Better Traffic

linkedin_success_storiesHave you noticed that your resume content and achievements are often too long to fit into your LinkedIn Profile?

Despite the ease of uploading content into LinkedIn, there’s no way around the limitations (2,000 characters – including spaces!) available for each job.

However, if you get smart about keyword strategy and learn to condense your career story, you’ll fit it all in – AND get rewarded with more traffic on the site.

Here’s how to describe your achievements, add keywords, and attract more interest from employers, while condensing your content on LinkedIn: Continue reading “How to Add Your Success Stories on LinkedIn for Better Traffic”

4 Things I Shouldn’t See In Your LinkedIn Photo

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Putting your best foot forward on LinkedIn?
Not if you’re hunting through your phone or searching family pictures for your avatar.

If your photo doesn’t enhance your credibility, it CAN hurt your job search. This especially true if you’re posting any old photo without giving it serious thought.

These items should NOT take center stage in your LinkedIn likeness: Continue reading “4 Things I Shouldn’t See In Your LinkedIn Photo”

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”

How to Double – And Triple! – Your LinkedIn Traffic With SEO

LinkedIn_SEOBuilt a LinkedIn Profile that doesn’t seem to be “working” for your job search?

You might not be drawing enough traffic to it.

Years ago, I realized that applying Search Engine Optimization (SEO) techniques on my Profile attracted more traffic. Applying my knowledge of web SEO and database optimization, I was able to draw a sizable audience on LinkedIn, with just a few tweaks based on what I noticed in the site’s search algorithms.

The good news? I’ve figured this out so YOU don’t have to — and it’s not as difficult as it sounds. Continue reading “How to Double – And Triple! – Your LinkedIn Traffic With SEO”

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”

Did You Make This Mistake in Updating Your LinkedIn Profile?

LinkedIn Profile WritingApplying for jobs on LinkedIn, but no one is biting?

You might have missed this critical step:

Popping your Profile text into Word and running spell check!

Before you dismiss this step as unimportant, consider the following Profile errors seen in the past 10 days ALONE: Continue reading “Did You Make This Mistake in Updating Your LinkedIn Profile?”