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LinkedIn Contact Info — Two Places to Feature Your Email Address

If you read last week’s post about what a mistake it is to omit your email address from LinkedIn’s contact information section, you might be wondering:

“What’s the best way to show my email address on LinkedIn?”

Places to Share Your Contact Information on LinkedIn

The LinkedIn user interface gives you two primary sections to use to feature your email address:

  1. Contact Info.
  2. About.

LinkedIn Contact Info — Your Email Address

Adding your email address here is easy:

  1. Click your mini “Me” photo in the top, horizontal rail of your profile.
  2. Go to “Account” and click “Settings & Privacy.”
  3. Click “Account” on the top, horizontal rail.
  4. Click “Email Addresses.”
  5. Enter the email address you want to share.

Email Address Privacy

Now update your email address privacy setting:

  1. From the same page as Step 5 above, click “Privacy” on the top, horizontal rail.
  2. Click “Who Can See Your Email Address.”
  3. Choose “Anyone on LinkedIn.”

If you’re in a job search, having an open email address makes it easy for recruiters to contact you. If you don’t have an open email address, they are forced to communicate with you via InMail unless you share your email elsewhere on your profile.

Also, if you have a Premium account that allows free inbound InMails, you’re OK. However most people would rather send a message than an InMail, even if they’re free.

While you might be concerned about spam by sharing your email address, I find the benefits well worth the minimal inconvience of unwanted emails.

New LinkedIn Contact Information Email Privacy Settings

It’s important to note that the ability to choose who can see your email address became available in LinkedIn’s latest update. Before that, you were forced to show  1st degree connections your email address.

Now you can choose from:

  1. Only visible to me.
  2. 1st degree connections.
  3. 1st and 2nd degree connections.
  4. Anyone on LinkedIn.

Thus, it makes sense to check that your current setting is where you want it because LinkedIn has a history of making arbitrary changes to some privacy settings.

BTW, I don’t allow my connections to download my email address, which helps control spam. I leave that (also new) toggle switch on “No.”

Your Profile’s “About” Section

If you’re concerned about missing outreach from recruiters or other people, share your email address in your “About” section too.

Many recruiters only 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” yet. Historically, it hasn’t been a fruitful place to find email addresses. Thus, many recruiters don’t bother with it. So, by adding your email address to the bottom of your “About” section, you make it easier for them to contact you.

BTW, if you want to write a gripping “About” section, check out this post, Three Stunningly Good LinkedIn Profile Summaries, from pro, Andy Foote.

How to Find Other People’s Email Addresses

While this post has been about making yourself findable, I have another post that shows you how to find others:

3 Easy Ways to Find Company Email Addresses

Let’s Connect on LinkedIn

Please don’t hesitate to invite me to connect on LinkedIn. The more I know about my readers, the more relevant I can make my blog.

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Updated July 2019

© 2013 – 2019, Donna Svei. All rights reserved.

Comments 9

  1. Thank you for the information. It was quite helpful!

    I have another LinkedIn question for you, if you wouldn’t mind answering it. As I was entering past job experience, affiliations, etc., some company logos “attached themselves” to my LI profile, and others – even though They showed up when I was typing in the company name – did not. Do you have any insight as to how to get a logo to show up on LI?

    Thanks very much,

    M. Jean Austin, CCMC, MS
    Founder/Owner, Talents Presented LLC
    [email protected]

    Hi Jean,

    Thank you for your kind words. On your question, I’ve run into the same problem with logos. My Google research basically said, “LinkedIn is working on it.” If you get a better answer, or if anyone else knows a fix or a workaround, please share it!”


    May 2019 Update: Outsmart LinkedIn’s Ugly Tombstone Logo Box

  2. Donna,
    Nice piece on updating contact info. When I went to edit my LinkedIn contact info (editing the business card) it only shows an email. I’ve had no luck determining if there is another place this info (phone, bday, IM) is initially entered. I’ve concluded that my page may not be loading correct; my next step is submit a help ticket to LinkedIn. I’ve also notice several other connections only have an email. Could this be all one gets (an email) with the free package?

    Hi Rich,

    Thank you for your kind words. I don’t know the answer to your question. I’m guessing you’re right about paid versus free accounts. I hope you will circle back here and let us know if you find out anything from LinkedIn. Fortunately, it’s far more important to put your contact info in your summary than in the business card. Because the business card requires an extra click, it’s less likely to be seen.


  3. Follow up to previous post about contact info not showing up in edit mode… after doing a little digging and getting some answers from the LinkedIn support team, I found that the reason for all the contact info not being editable is that I was using IE10. When I viewed the same info on IE8 and Firefox it was all editable. The LinkedIn support team told me that LinkedIn was compatable with IE9, but I still found the same problem. Other things that did not work on IE10 included the yellow submit button on adding endorsements and the unselect individual endorsments under manage endorsements.

    That is really good to know Rich. Thank you for circling back and sharing! Donna

  4. I just updated my Additional Info section where i never enetred anything and guess had huge loss.

    Thanks a lot Donna

  5. Hi Donna, thank you so much for nice post.

    Quick question – As LinkedIn is/should professional networking site: What contact details should I put on my LinkedIn profile: Personal or Business?

  6. Hi Jovita,

    It depends on who you want to reach. Some people use their profiles to promote their company and/or its products and services. They should use their work email.

    If you use your profile to benefit your career (recommended), then use a personal email address.

    Kind regards,


  7. Donna, this is a most informative article, written with great clarity. A fantastic tool for those checking out their options in the workforce. I will be sure to share it with my candidates in search mode

    Brian Stutt, CPC

  8. Brian,

    Thank you. I know when I recruited that one of my greatest frustrations was not being able to find prospective candidates’ email addresses on their LinkedIn profiles.


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