How Do I Change my Linkedin Profile Without Notifying Connections?
More than half a billion people are members of LinkedIn, the professional networking site, and the chances are good that you’re one of them.
LinkedIn is a fantastic way to stay up to date with key contacts in your industry, to archive and publicize your skill set, and to find both freelance and regular employment. It’s the Internet’s number one professional networking tool, and just about everyone who is actively working in any field keeps their LinkedIn profile current.
In fact, a 2014 Jobvite survey reported that 94% of recruiters surveyed who are on social media used LinkedIn to vet potential candidates. This number continues to grow in 2019 and beyond.
What’s more, LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner recently stated that there were more than 6.5 million jobs listed on the site, making Linkedin an essential tool for job hunting and professional networking.
The problem is that when you’re looking for a job, you’re likely making a lot of changes to your LinkedIn profile in a short period of time, notifying all of your contacts every time you make a change.
Over Notifying Your Contacts
Many LinkedIn users don’t realize that most of their key profile changes are broadcast to all of their connections. At best, this is annoying – if you’re constantly fiddling with your LinkedIn profile, then your connections are constantly getting notifications and, while visibility is generally good when it comes to networking, there can be too much of a good thing. Nobody wants to read about the seventeen successive one-word changes you made to your work history.
At worst, however, this could put your job in jeopardy. Let’s say you’re not satisfied with your current position and you want to discreetly reach out to some recruiters or contacts and see what your options are. First thing on the agenda is to make sure your profile is up to date. In particular, you’ll want to update your work history. You’re probably connected on LinkedIn with your boss and all of your coworkers, and as soon as they see you start fiddling with your work history, their immediate assumption is going to be that you are planning a move. Even if you’re just updating your information to stay current, it’s best to keep these changes low key and not annoy your contacts.
What Notifications Go Out
Your connections will receive notifications for nearly anything of note that you change on your profile, including changes to your job title, education, and profile picture. However, your connects will also be notified if you follow a company on LinkedIn or when you make recommendations. Thankfully, all of this sharing can be turned on and off with one simple change to your settings.
It’s important to note that the following directions will not prevent connections from seeing your endorsements or your connections with other people. If you’d like to keep those things private, you’ll need to do so separately.
Update Your Profile Without Notifying Connections
The following simple steps are up to date as of Summer 2018.
1. Click on your Me photo icon in the upper right side of your LinkedIn profile, between Messaging and Work
2. Select Settings & Privacy under Account
3. Click the Privacy tab.
4. Scroll down to the How others see your LinkedIn Activity section
5. Click on Share job changes, education changes, and work anniversaries from profile then toggle the Yes/No button to No
Now you can make all the changes you need for that perfect job without having to worry about who is watching! Note that after you have everything up to date, you may want to turn LinkedIn Profile edit sharing back on.
Rather than notifying your contacts every time you make a change, turn off notifications until you are 99% done updating your profile and ready to start the job search. Then turn profile updates on again. Make a final significant change or two that announces to your contacts not only that you have changed your LinkedIn profile but in effect lets them know you are looking for a job. Your contacts and then prospective employers will then get to visit not a profile that’s a “work in progress” but a polished new profile that’s likely to help you land a new job.
For a LinkedIn primer, check out What is LinkedIn?
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