Recruiters are LinkedIn sourcing omnivores. They’ll eat your young to find the best candidates. 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 recruiters focused on your profile and avoid steering them to a heap of other contenders for your next job.
1. Your Recommendations & Endorsements
When recruiters scoot around your profile, they look at who has recommended and endorsed you to see if any of your fans might be a good fit for their searches.
Thus, think twice about accepting recommendations and endorsements from people who might be direct competitors for jobs.
2. People You’ve Recommended
Recruiters can also see who you’ve recommended. If you’ve written a recommendation for someone who might compete with you for jobs, consider hiding it from your profile.
To do so:
- Scroll down your profile to the Recommendations section.
- Click “Given.”
- Find “Visible to: Public” in the lower right-hand corner of each recommendation.
- Click your preferred visibility from your profile.
3. Your Project Partners
LinkedIn eliminated the project partner list in the new user interface. While it was an issue in 2013, when this post was initially published, it’s not in 2017.
4. Your Connections
It stands to reason you would be connected to people who have the same skills you do. Recruiters have been known to go through all 500+ of someone’s connections looking for gold.
To prevent them from doing that:
- Click the “Me” button on the navigation bar.
- Click “Settings & Privacy.”
- Click “Privacy.”
- Find “Who can see your connections?” and choose “Only you.”
5. Other People Viewed by Viewers of Your Profile
LinkedIn makes it easy for recruiters to follow each others’ tracks — unless you thwart them.
- Go back to “Settings & Privacy.”
- Click “Privacy.”
- Find “Viewers of this profile also viewed” and choose “No.”
Don’t let your LinkedIn profile be a treasure map for recruiters.
Tighten it up to keep recruiters’ eyeballs on your profile rather than introducing them to other potential candidates.
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Updated June 2017
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