Recruiters are LinkedIn sourcing omnivores. They’ll eat your young to find the best candidates, including using any sources of recruitment available to them. Within limits. Just kidding. No limits.
Within the bounds of integrity. Just kidding again. OK, within the bounds of integrity, as defined by each individual recruiter. Yep, that’s the real world.
So, here’s what you can do to keep recruiters focused on your profile and avoid steering them to a heap of other contenders for your next job.
1. Your Recommendations & Endorsements
First, know that when recruiters scoot around your profile, they look at who has recommended and endorsed you to see if any of your fans might be a good fit for their searches.
2. People You’ve Recommended
Second, recruiters can also see who you’ve recommended. If you’ve written a recommendation for someone who might compete with you for jobs, consider hiding it from your profile.
To do so:
- Scroll down your profile to the Recommendations section.
- Click the edit pencil.
- Pick “Given.”
- Click “Visible to: Public” in the lower right-hand corner of each recommendation.
- Click your preferred visibility from your profile.
3. Add Your Teammates
When you add a new job to your LinkedIn profile, LI asks you to add your teammates. LinkedIn will have that information forever and be able to direct recruiters to your teammates. Ignore the request. It’s not to your advantage to lead recruiters to your colleagues.
4. Your Connections
Fourth, it stands to reason you would be connected to people who have the same skills you do. Recruiters have been known to go through all 500+ of someone’s connections looking for gold.
Thus, to prevent them from turning your connections into sources of recruitment:
- Click the “Me” button on your profile’s navigation bar.
- Pick “Settings & Privacy.”
- Pick “Privacy.”
- Find “Who can see your connections?”
- Choose “Only you.”
5. Viewers of This Profile Also Viewed
Fifth, LinkedIn makes it easy for recruiters to follow each others’ tracks — unless you thwart them.
- Go back to “Settings & Privacy.”
- Click “Privacy.”
- Find “Viewers of this profile also viewed.”
- Choose “No.”
BTW, I see this error more frequently than any of the others. Still, in 2020, even though I first wrote about it in 2013.
Don’t let your LinkedIn profile be a treasure map for recruiters.
Tighten it up to keep recruiters’ eyeballs on your profile rather than introducing them to other potential candidates.
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Updated June 2020
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