Recruiters spend their lives on LinkedIn looking for people to hire. When they find and like you, they want to move ASAP. Thus, it’s smart to complete the LinkedIn Contact Information section on your profile.
The Biggest LinkedIn Profile Mistake
Failing to provide contact information is one of the biggest mistakes 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 low response rate.
- They have to pay for it.
Places to Share Your Contact Information on LinkedIn
So, hopefully, you’re convinced you’ll benefit from sharing your contact info.
IMHO, LinkedIn actually gives you two 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 adding your contact information:
- Click your mini “Me” photo on the top, horizontal rail of your profile.
- 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.
- You will also see a link to “Settings” if you want to update your primary or backup email addresses.
More on Email Address Privacy
While you might be concerned about getting a lot of spam if you share your email address, clicking “No” on letting people download it keeps spam to a minimum.
New LinkedIn Contact Information Email Privacy Settings
It’s important to note that the ability to choose who can see your email address in Contact Info has only been available since 2019.
Before that, you were forced to show 1st-degree connections your email address.
Now you can choose from:
- Only visible to me
- 1st-degree connections
- 1st and 2nd-degree connections
- Anyone on LinkedIn
So, it makes sense to check that your setting is where you want it.
Your Profile’s “About” Section
Moving on, the second, “informal” place to share your email address is in the About section of your profile. If you’re concerned about missing outreach from recruiters or other people, share your email address there too.
Many recruiters access LinkedIn public profiles via Google and don’t log in to the network. Thus, they can’t click on “Contact Info” to find your email address.
Beyond that, many recruiters don’t know about the changes to email address visibility in “Contact Info.”
Historically, it hasn’t been a fruitful place to find email addresses, so many recruiters don’t look there.
By adding your email address to your “About” section, you make it easier for them to contact you.
(BTW, if you want to write a great “About” section, check out this post, 3 Stunningly Good LinkedIn Profile Summaries.)
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Updated January 2021
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