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.
What LinkedIn Allows in Your Name Fields
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 what the company says about that, and how to do it, here.
Show Your Credentials After Your Name on Linkedin
You earned your credentials. It’s smart for you to show those that are relevant to your current career and job search in your profile’s name fields.
You get two benefits:
- You make an immediate, credible impression.
- You get an SEO boost.
(Note: It’s a good idea to match your credentials here to those you feature on your resume.)
Use the Site’s Guidance
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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Updated June 2017
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