Recruiters spend their lives on LinkedIn looking for people to hire. When they find and like you, they want to move ASAP. Thus, completing the LinkedIn Contact Information section on your profile helps them.
The Biggest LinkedIn Profile Mistake
*Failing to provide contact information.*
Yep, that’s the biggest mistake I see job seekers make on LinkedIn.
While you might think, “Oh, they can send me an InMail,” many recruiters don’t use InMail because:
- It has a sucky response rate.
- They have to pay for it.
- They know prospective candidates don’t like InMails.
Places to Share Your Contact Information on LinkedIn
So, hopefully, you’re convinced you’ll benefit from sharing your contact info.
LinkedIn gives you 2 good sections for sharing your email address:
- Contact Info
LinkedIn Contact Info — Your Email Address
First, let’s talk about how to use LinkedIn’s “formal” location for contact information.
You see it as “Contact info,” just to the right of your location on your profile.
Click on “Contact info” to add your personal email address. Use a private address so:
- You don’t generate emails from recruiters to your work address.
- You don’t get locked out of LinkedIn if you lose your work email address.
Then, adjust your privacy settings to allow people to see your email address:
- Click your mini “Me” photo on your profile’s top horizontal rail.
- Then, click “Settings & Privacy.”
- Next, click “Visibility.”
- Then, click “Who can see or download your email address” and select your preference. I like “Anyone.”
- Then, click “No” on allowing people to download your email address. That keeps spam to a minimum.
LinkedIn Contact Information Email Privacy Settings
The option to choose who can see your email address in Contact Info became available in 2019.
Before that, LinkedIn forced members to show their email addresses to 1st-degree connections.
Now you can choose from:
- Only visible to me
- 1st-degree connections
- 1st and 2nd-degree connections
- Anyone on LinkedIn
So, because the system changed without notifying you, it’s a good idea to check your setting.
Your Profile’s “About” Section
Moving on, the 2nd “informal” place to share your email address is in the About section of your profile. Use it.
Because many recruiters search LinkedIn profiles via Google. They have to log out to do that; thus, they can’t click on “Contact info” to find your email address.
Historically, “Contact info” hasn’t been a fruitful place to find email addresses. So many recruiters don’t bother to look there.
Add your email address to your “About” section to make it easier for recruiters to contact you.
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Updated January 2023
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