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The Very Best Places for Your Email Address on LinkedIn

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:

  1. It has a low response rate.
  2. 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:

  1. Contact Info
  2. About
LinkedIn Contact Info — Your Email Address

First, let’s talk about how to use LinkedIn’s “formal” location for adding your contact information:

  1. Click your mini “Me” photo on the top, horizontal rail of your profile.
  2. Then, click “Settings & Privacy.”
  3. Next, click “Visibility.”
  4. Then, click “Who can see or download your email address” and select your preference. I like “Anyone.”
  5. Then, click “No” on allowing people to download your email address.
  6. 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:

  1. Only visible to me
  2. 1st-degree connections
  3. 1st and 2nd-degree connections
  4. 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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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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