“Soandso just updated their profile” appears in my LinkedIn Updates feed. If I know them, I might click to see what’s new.
That’s the point of letting your network know you’ve updated your profile. To get people to visit your profile and refamiliarize themselves with your skills, background, face.
That’s great if you want people to click through. What if you don’t want to let your network know you’re updating your profile? Possible reasons for not wanting to let people get notifications of profile updates:
- Your boss and colleagues may think you’re job hunting. Well, you are…but you don’t want to be forced out in case you don’t find something. So you just want to update your profile and if they see it, great, but you don’t want to alert them to the change.
- You don’t know exactly what you want to say. Chances are then that you’ll be doing many edits and saves of profile information. That means you’ll probably send a steady stream of “I just updated my profile” notifications. It looks unprofessional and could annoy connections.
Here are two easy ways to update your profile without notifying your network.
- Write your updates for each section in Word then upload them to LinkedIn at one time. If you have a resume that correlates to LinkedIn’s format (as do my clients), you can easily upload the Summary, Skills, Experience, Education, Volunteer Activities, Honors/Awards, and more. This prevents having to edit on LinkedIn.
- Turn off notifications that you’re making changes to your profile, by going to the Settings tab (mouse over your name on upper right hand corner) and then going to Privacy Controls (middle column on bottom half of screen), clicking “Turn on/off your activity broadcasts,” and unchecking the box to “Let people know when you change your profile, make recommendations, or follow companies.” That way you can make changes without telling the world.
Of course, if you want the world to know you are updating your profile, you can let them know. I suggest making all but one change to your profile in “stealth mode” and then clicking the “Let people know…” box in Privacy Controls/activity broadcasts before making that last change. The last change probably should be your Summary or Headline (the text that is right below your name on your Profile Page). Those are important sections and people will be more curious to see what you changed in those places – more so than if you make a change in “Interests.”
These tips apply whether you are changing your entire profile, part of it, or adding a section. If you don’t want your network to know, turn off activity broadcasts.
Is there any way to stop the notifications like for example some person X follows Y or X likes something comment…can we able to stop these notification in Linked in . Let me know?
Hi Bharat, there is a way to do this for specific people, but it will stop you seeing ALL their posts. To unfollow someone, follow the instructions here: https://www.linkedin.com/help/linkedin/answer/13325?query=block%20posts My understanding is that you will no longer see a person’s posts while you remain a connection of theirs. Good luck! Julie
For some reason or another, I can’t see all of this text, stuff keeps disappearing? Are you using XHTML?
Hi Excellent, I’m sorry you can’t see all the text. I’m using the most recent WordPress platform, so I have to trust them to use the latest technology. Apologies! Julie
Thanks for sharing this information, privacy on LinkedIn is just so important these days…it seems the only way to be sure is to make sure my privacy settings are up to date just to keep a lid on things. A small price to pay to get the new job I am after!!
Hi there and thanks for the positive feedback! LinkedIn is very useful and it makes sense to think carefully about how much you want to disclose to the public. I will say that when you are looking for a new job, even if you don’t want your employer to know, it is good to start posting updates relevant to your skills and job goals. It will establish you as someone who keeps up to date with your field and make you top of mind with people who might then think of a job for you while you are a “passive candidate.” Good luck!
Yep, just the info I was looking for.
great, Cindy. Glad it was helpful. Best, Julie
Life is short, and this article saved valuable time on this Earth.
Hi Dreama, I’m glad you thought the article was useful! Best, Julie
Just like Facebook, LinkedIn is always trying to push the line on privacy issues. When it first started out, it was acceptable. Now we constantly have to check the settings to see if they defaulted back to “no privacy” or if they have added a new “feature” that further pushes the line of privacy over the cliff. Next they will be sending out “Congratulate Bob on looking for a new job cause he hates his present boss” messages without our knowledge!
privacy is definitely a continuing issue. A good reason to go onto LinkedIn once or twice a week is to check your privacy settings and make sure they are set to your preferences. And while you’re there, post something useful to your colleagues, industry, peers. Thanks for the comment!
Be careful though. Regrettably LinkedIn apparently always broadcasts change of photo regardless of setting 🙁 “Note: Updating your photo generates an update that cannot be prevented by turning your activity broadcasts off. ” Quite annoying.
thanks for the warning! LinkedIn seems to want to tell the world everything whether you want them to or not…
you’re welcome, Adam!
Once you turn notifications back on, does it immediately send out updates about all the changes you made whilst in stealth mode?
No, LinkedIn won’t send a notice about changes you made while the “send notification” function is turned off.
Thank you for bringing this great tip forward. It’s so simple and yet so often overlooked.
Clear. Concise. Constructive. This is valuable information, even if you’re not job-hunting.
Thanks for sharing, Julia.