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The Big LinkedIn Email Mistake You’re Probably Making

People called sourcers spend their lives on LinkedIn looking for people their clients and employers will want to hire. When they find you, I hope you’re not making a big LinkedIn email mistake!

The LinkedIn Email Mistake

To explain, when sourcers find a likely prospect (this could be you!), they want to send them an email or call them. And they can’t. Because very few people include their contact information on their LinkedIn profile.

That is the biggest mistake most people make on LinkedIn.

Would you leave your email address and your mobile number off of your resume or your consulting marketing materials? “No! Of course not!” you say.

Then don’t leave them off of your LinkedIn profile either — because it might be the only information about you that a potential employer or client ever sees.

Let Them Send InMail

“But people can send me an In Mail,” you say. Uh huh. InMails cost money and have a high failure rate. Thus, sourcers don’t like to use them.

Why Are You on LinkedIn?

“But I don’t want to be contacted by sourcers,” you say. OK, but without contact information, no one else can contact you either. And, if that’s the case, why are you even on LinkedIn?


OK. You’ve got me there. If it’s all about groups for you, I suppose you don’t need to add contact information to your LinkedIn profile.

What to Provide

But, if you’re part of the vast majority who would like a new job, then add your contact info to your profile now.

Sourcers love it when you list both an email address and a mobile number because it makes it easy for them to get in touch in with you. Provide at least an email address.

How to Handle Privacy Concerns

If you’re concerned about privacy, set up a separate email for LinkedIn and forward it to your primary email.

If you’re concerned about what your boss will think, don’t provide a phone number.

Just be sure to make it easy for everyone — sourcers, former colleagues, whoever — to connect you to your next great job or consulting opportunity.

How & Where to Add Your Contact Information to Your Profile

Per Joyce’s request (below), I’ve provided step-by-step instructions on adding contact info to your LinkedIn profile.

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Another mistake most LinkedIn members make? Not protecting their profiles from Microsoft Resume Assistant.

Let’s Connect on LinkedIn

Please don’t hesitate to invite me to connect on LinkedIn here: Donna Svei, Executive Resume Writer. The more I know about my readers, the better I can make my blog.

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Updated May 2019

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Comments 6

  1. Great reminder, and to do this click on Profile, Edit Profile and click on the “edit contact info” box under your name and headline. Some of us need the step-by-step ;-)

    Aw Joyce, you’re ahead of me. That post is coming. Donna

  2. Yes sourcer’s love it when we can reach you on LinkedIn :)
    I suggest that you put your email address in the summary section.
    Then even if we are level 2 or 3 I can reach out to you.

    Lead Sourcing Specialist

    Lisa, Thank you for your input. I adjusted the follow-on post to incorporate your insightful advice. Donna

  3. Great tip! I am new to this game and the faster I learn the rules the better I can play. Thanks!

    Thank you Tina. Donna

  4. Hello Donna,

    I like your thinking and I agree with you. If you need a job, you have to give your best. In any case, the search for a job is very difficult and a demanding task. About a privacy is hard speaking.

    Best regards

    Thank you Dinko. Donna

  5. Hi Donna,

    what would you say is the biggest mistake companies make who present themselves on LinkedIn looking for kandidates?

    Met vriendelijke groeten,

    Hi Sabine,

    That’s a terrific question. I don’t have an answer specific to LinkedIn. However, CareerXroads has a lot of good empirical data about what companies do wrong. They just published their annual Mystery Shopper report of what it’s like for candidates to interact with the 100 Best Companies to Work For. Not all good news (at all), but better than last year!


  6. OK, I just logged in to update my profile with contact information. Thanks, Donna.

    Yay! Thank you Angela. Donna

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