My clients know that I ‘change my oil’ every Sunday afternoon on LinkedIn. I get under the hood of my profile make a change to LinkedIn – add a new keyword or to let my network know what I desire.
I usually make a change to my Headline, Summary or Interests areas. Before I do this I make certain that my Settings are ‘turned down’, so that I don’t broadcast every ‘nit and gnat’ change to my network.
Here are tips to control the changes if you don’t change settings the updates will immediately be visible in your activity feed and broadcast to your network when you make changes. You can disable these updates by unchecking the box in your activity broadcast setting, accessible from the Privacy & Settings page.
NEW: YOU NOW HAVE THE ABILITY TO ADJUST THE SETTINGS WHILE EDITING YOUR PROFILE, ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF YOUR PROFILE:
- Go to Edit Profile; scroll down on the right side of your profile page.
- Click the green check mark in the “Notify Your Network?” box on the right side of the page.
- Choose “No, do not publish changes.”
IMPORTANT: CHANGES THAT TRIGGER UPDATES:
- Adding a PHOTO (Update last. Your connections will look at your profile and you want to Look Good!)
- Adding a NEW CURRENT POSITION (This will generate a “say congrats” update to your network). I make sure that if my clients are updating their Current job – adding a new position, that everything on their profile looks great. People will come by and view your profile.
- Adding a NEW WEBSITE LINK (add 3, people are checking these from an iPhone or Android)
- RECOMMENDING someone (Give ‘old fashion’ recommendations. The first 6 words are most important; really try to get their branding in the first sentence.)
- FOLLOWING a COMPANY (Blasts, unless you turn this setting down)
- Adding a CONNECTION – will send an update notice if you’ve chosen “Your connections” when you control who can see your connections.
- Adding additional SKILLS to your profile.
- SHARING content with your network.
- EDITING TITLE OF CURRENT POSITION (This will generate an update stating that “You’ve updated your experience section”)
- Current work experience ANNIVERSARIES (That’s why I do not put months, just years)
- ADDITIONAL CHANGES THAT I HAVE NOTICED THAT ARE NOT IN THE LINKEDIN FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
- Changing your ZIP CODE / change the CITY (Blasts to your network that you moved – I can be embarrassing)
- Adding CONTACT information in the Address area (Never add your home address)
- Adding your BIRTHDAY (Never add the year! I add my birthday the day before and take it out the day after – that way people wish me happy birthday on the day
- Adding PUBLICATIONS and MEDIA RICH FORMAT
TIP: After I make an update I immediately go to the Home page and check if it posted. If it did and I didn’t want it to, I roll over the top right of my post and click DELETE – poof – it is gone.
THESE UPDATES GO OUT NO MATTER WHAT (even if you have changed the Settings):
- CONNECTING with other LinkedIn members. Note: You can turn the notification off when you make a new connection by hiding your connection list. (I highly suggest this for job seekers, in jobs, that are connecting with recruiters)
- GROUP activity – Note: You now have the option to turn this off within your Group settings, if you don’t, an activity will post. Learn more about preventing updates when you join a group (Under the Groups, Companies and Applications area)
- SHARING or PUBLISHING content (posting on the Home page)
- UPGRADING to a Premium account (doesn’t apply to Job Seeker account – I have Sales Premium)
- FOLLOWING IN PULSE: an Influencer, Media Channel, or Publisher (I suggest you do this during off hours, Friday night at 10:00 pm)
Please share your tips and insights on Settings. I look forward to helping you Look Good, Be Found and to make meaningful connections, and not look like a goofball.
Be well, my friends,