How to: Keep Your LinkedIn Profile Visible to Everyone

How to: Keep Your LinkedIn Profile Visible to Everyone

Almost Savvy mailbag questionFrom the AlmostSavvy mailbag:

Rod asks: “I’ve noticed that I’m able to see some people’s full LinkedIn profiles when clicking on their link, but when clicking on the link to my own profile, I see very little information. Do I need to have a paid membership to have everything visible”

Excellent question, Rod! The good news is that this is easy to fix and it will cost you only a few minutes of your time (and that includes viewing the video below). How’s that for a great deal!

When you share the link to your profile on LinkedIn with potential employers or clients, do you know what they’ll be able to view when they click? If they aren’t a LinkedIn member or aren’t currently signed in, they may not be able to see your complete profile. This is bad news – bad, bad news. I mean, you wouldn’t have shared the link with them if you were secretly hoping it would be really hard for them to see your information, right? Of course not.

Here’s how to find out what they can see and, if there’s a problem, how to fix it right away:

While this seems like a small tweak, this can make all the difference. We feel more comfortable doing business with people who have put in the time to make a good impression and who are savvy enough to make it dead easy to learn about them.

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  2. LizIsaacs November 2, 2010 at 2:47 pm - Reply

    Irene thanks for sharing this latest nugget of info for many of us who may be unaware how to do this minor tweaking of one’s LinkedIN account.

    • AlmostSavvy November 2, 2010 at 2:50 pm - Reply

      @LizIsaacs Thanks for stopping by, Liz, and thanks for sharing it on Facebook, too! I’m glad it was helpful.

    • LizIsaacs November 2, 2010 at 2:52 pm - Reply

      @AlmostSavvy Irene you’re most welcome! With all of the recent changes to LinkedIN, a lot of folks, aren’t aware how to make this subtle, but yet so important changes. Thanks again. Did RT I think for you, may post to other networks too.

  3. turnageb November 2, 2010 at 6:51 pm - Reply

    Nice tip, but the video is too long for something so simple. Cut it down by about half and people with short attention spans will be more likely to watch it all the way through and you can still get in the “quick tip” you are sharing.

    • AlmostSavvy November 2, 2010 at 7:11 pm - Reply

      @turnageb Fair enough. There is no one style that works for everyone. I realize it could be seen as too long, yet there are others who found the context behind the tip helpful as well. I appreciate your feedback. I’m always looking to learn how I can best be helpful.

  4. Barbara Saunders December 14, 2010 at 10:50 am - Reply

    Regarding video. I can almost never make it through a video! (I’m not an aural learner.) When there’s a transcript available, I read that instead.

  5. deborah June 10, 2012 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    what does it mean when you see “linkedin member’ as someone who viewed your profile?

    • Irene Koehler June 12, 2012 at 12:53 am - Reply

      Deborah, when you see this, it means that the person who viewed your profile has their privacy settings set to not disclose their identity when visiting other’s profiles.

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