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 wise to complete the LinkedIn Contact Information section on your profile.
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 (less than 22% want outreach via social media sites).
Places to Share Your Contact Information on LinkedIn
So, hopefully, you’re convinced you’ll benefit from sharing your contact info.
IMHO, LinkedIn 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 contact information:
- 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.
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 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, it makes sense to check that your setting is where you want it.
Your Profile’s “About” Section
Moving on, the 2nd “informal” place to share your email address is in the About section of your profile. If you’re concerned about missing outreach from recruiters, share your email address there.
Many recruiters log out and search LinkedIn public profiles via Google. 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. Because of that, many recruiters don’t bother to look there.
Adding your email address to your “About” section makes it easier for recruiters to contact you.
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Updated April 2022
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