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5 Ways Your LinkedIn Profile Helps Recruiters Source Other Candidates

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.

Thus, think twice about accepting recommendations and endorsements from people who might be direct competitors for jobs.

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:

  1. Scroll down your profile to the Recommendations section.
  2. Click the edit pencil.
  3. Pick “Given.”
  4. Click “Visible to: Public” in the lower right-hand corner of each recommendation.
  5. 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:

  1. Click the “Me” button on your profile’s navigation bar.
  2. Pick “Settings & Privacy.”
  3. Pick “Privacy.”
  4. Find “Who can see your connections?”
  5. 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.

  1. Go back to “Settings & Privacy.”
  2. Click “Privacy.”
  3. Find “Viewers of this profile also viewed.”
  4. 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.

Final Thoughts

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.

Let’s Connect on LinkedIn

Please don’t hesitate to invite me to connect on LinkedIn here: Donna Svei, Executive Resume Writer. The more I know about my readers, the better I can make my blog.

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Updated June 2020

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Comments 5

  1. Donna,

    Nice tips; I often find myself on the fence with #4.



    Thank you Rich. Donna

  2. Thanks for the tips — profile updated!

    My pleasure William. Good to see you! Donna

  3. Donna,

    This is a terrific article. I salute you for being forthright. I look forward to the prospects of doing business with you someday. I picked up on this little dirty secret of the recruiting industry quite sometime ago. Some recruiters would bait LinkedIn users with some bogus great job opportunity just as a pretext to send a LinkedIn invitation. All the privacy settings you suggested have been implemented on my LinkedIn profile for little less than a year now. Again, this article is apropos! Keep up the wonderful work!


    Hi Narcisse,

    Thank you. Recruiters are just trying to make a living. You get to decide if you want to help them and how.


  4. These tips are very helpful. Fortunately I have recommendations from senior management I have working with in the past. And thanks to you I will make sure I reset my settings as mentioned above. Kudos

  5. Hi Rugvedita,

    Good for you!

    Do you know that research has found that your manager’s recommendation is most predictive of your performance in your next job?


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