Recruiters are LinkedIn sourcing omnivores. We’ll eat your young to find the best candidates for our clients to hire. Within limits. Just kidding. No limits. Within the bounds of integrity. Just kidding again. OK, within the bounds of integrity, as defined by each individual recruiter. Yep, that’s the real world people.
So, here’s what you can do to keep us focused on your profile and avoid steering us to a heap of other contenders for your next job.
#1: Your References & Skills Endorsers
As long as we’re scooting around your profile, we look at who has recommended you to see if any of your fans might be a good fit for searches we’re working on. Thus, think twice about accepting recommendations and endorsements from people who might be direct competitors for jobs.
#2: People You’ve Recommended
If you’re a generous soul who recommends the competition, at least don’t display those recommendations on your profile because we’re going to look at them if you do.
- Click your avatar in the upper right-hand corner of the LinkedIn screen.
- Click “Privacy & Settings.”
- Click “Manage Your Recommendations” toward the lower right-hand corner of the screen.
- Click “Given” toward the top left-hand corner of the screen.
- Click “No One” at “Display on My Profile.”
- Click “Save.”
#3: Your Project Partners
Oh yes, this is yummy. You know those people you list as team members on your projects? We’re very interested in them. Think twice about using this functionality of LinkedIn if it leads you to leading recruiters to people who can compete with you for jobs.
#4: Your Connections
It stands to reason you would be connected to people who have the same skills you do. I’ve been known to go through all 500+ of someone’s connections looking for gold. And I’ve found gold.
- Go back to “Privacy & Connections.”
- Under “Privacy Controls” click “Select Who Can See Your Connections.”
- Choose “Only You” and click “Save.”
#5: Other People Viewed by Viewers of Your Profile
LinkedIn makes it easy for us to follow the tracks of other recruiters – unless you thwart us.
- Go back to “Privacy & Settings.”
- Click “Show/Hide Viewers of This Profile Also Viewed Box.”
- Uncheck the box and click “Save.”
Don’t let your LinkedIn profile be a recruiters’ treasure map. Tighten it up to keep recruiters’ eyeballs on your profile rather than introducing them to other potential candidates.
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