3 Places to Feature Your Contact Info on Your LinkedIn Profile

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by Donna Svei on April 22, 2013

Hopefully after reading last week’s post about what a CLiM (Career Limiting Move) it is to omit contact info from your LinkedIn profile, you’re wondering, “What’s the best way to show my contact info?” LinkedIn actually gives you several opportunities. We’re going to cover three of them here.

To use any of them, you need to be in Profile Edit mode so click Profile/Edit Profile on the drop down menu at the top of the page and let’s get going.

First, let’s look at how to add contact info to the top box of your profile. Click “Edit Contact Info” (see the red arrow in the screenshot below).

At a minimum, add an email address that you more or less check daily. Adding your mobile number will make it delightfully easy for us recruiter types to contact you. We will like you for that. A lot. Note in the screenshot below that I include tons a bunch of info. Most of it is beyond the scope of this post, but just look at what’s possible! Click the little blue edit pencils (see the lower red arrow) for the info you want to add and click “Done Editing” (see the other red arrow) when you’re, um, done editing.

Second, add contact info at the bottom of your summary. Why? Because your summary shows when your LinkedIn profile comes up in Google search results. This helps people who aren’t in your network contact you. You can see more of my profile here to see how I’ve done that. While you’re there, please don’t hesitate to invite me to connect on LinkedIn. You’ll need my email address: donnasvei@gmail.com. I love connecting with the people who read my blog!

Third, let’s look at the “Additional Info” section of your profile where you can give “Advice” on how to contact you. Again, at a minimum, be sure to provide your email address (see the red arrow below). Put this toward the bottom of your profile so someone who has read through it doesn’t have to scroll back up to your Summary section to contact you. You can move this section around by dragging and dropping it (see the green arrow below).

Now recruiters will be able to contact you with what might be your next great job. Note to the self-employed: this also makes it possible for potential clients to contact you.

And remember, if you really don’t want to know about opportunities, and I know some people don’t, then leave your profile shrouded in mystery, sans contact information.

I write executive resumes and LinkedIn profiles. Save time. Get hired. Email me at donnasvei@gmail.com or call me at (208) 721-0131.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Jean Austin April 29, 2013 at 10:26

Thank you for the information. It was quite helpful!

I have another LinkedIn question for you, if you wouldn’t mind answering it. As I was entering past job experience, affiliations, etc., some company logos “attached themselves” to my LI profile, and others – even though They showed up when I was typing in the company name – did not. Do you have any insight as to how to get a logo to show up on LI?

Thanks very much,

M. Jean Austin, CCMC, MS
Founder/Owner, Talents Presented LLC
mjeanaustin@talentspresented.com
414.617.7555

Hi Jean,

Thank you for your kind words. On your question, I’ve run into the same problem with logos. My Google research basically said, “LinkedIn is working on it.” If you get a better answer, or if anyone else knows a fix or a workaround, please share it!”

Donna

Rich May 4, 2013 at 15:26

Donna,
Nice piece on updating contact info. When I went to edit my LinkedIn contact info (editing the business card) it only shows an email. I’ve had no luck determining if there is another place this info (phone, bday, IM) is initially entered. I’ve concluded that my page may not be loading correct; my next step is submit a help ticket to LinkedIn. I’ve also notice several other connections only have an email. Could this be all one gets (an email) with the free package?
Thanks
Rich

Hi Rich,

Thank you for your kind words. I don’t know the answer to your question. I’m guessing you’re right about paid versus free accounts. I hope you will circle back here and let us know if you find out anything from LinkedIn. Fortunately, it’s far more important to put your contact info in your summary than in the business card. Because the business card requires an extra click, it’s less likely to be seen.

Donna

Rich May 11, 2013 at 15:28

Follow up to previous post about contact info not showing up in edit mode… after doing a little digging and getting some answers from the LinkedIn support team, I found that the reason for all the contact info not being editable is that I was using IE10. When I viewed the same info on IE8 and Firefox it was all editable. The LinkedIn support team told me that LinkedIn was compatable with IE9, but I still found the same problem. Other things that did not work on IE10 included the yellow submit button on adding endorsements and the unselect individual endorsments under manage endorsements.
Thanks,
Rich

That is really good to know Rich. Thank you for circling back and sharing! Donna

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