HOW TO: Show Your Credentials After Your Name on LinkedIn

Show your credentials on your LinkedIn profile.

by Donna Svei on April 18, 2013

There’s an article about LinkedIn going around right now that says that LinkedIn only allows first and last names in profile name fields. Further, it says that LinkedIn might shut your profile down for 30 days if you don’t comply with this aspect of its user agreement.

Pretty scary stuff – especially since another social media site, Google Plus, has deactivated users who don’t comply with their name policy.

However, the article referred to above, while well meaning, is not quite right. LinkedIn does allow you to use suffixes and certifications in your profile’s name fields. See exactly what the company says about that here. Beyond that, LinkedIn even gives you step-by-step instructions on how to add suffixes and certifications here.

You earned your credentials.  It’s smart for you to show those that are relevant to your current career and/or job search in your profile’s name fields.  

The learning here? Go to the social media site’s own documentation when you have questions about what is or isn’t allowed.

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