LinkedIn Green Dot

The LinkedIn Green Dot — A Job Seeker’s Best Friend in 2024

By now, you’ve probably seen the LinkedIn green dot on profiles (see below). You might even have asked yourself, “What does the green dot on LinkedIn mean?”

LinkedIn Green Dot

In a nutshell, the LinkedIn green dot is an easy way to signal to recruiters you’re active on LinkedIn right now.

That matters because they are more likely to message you if they think you will see their outreach.

How to Manage Active Status on LinkedIn

Thus, if you’re a job seeker, it benefits you to turn on your Active status.

To do this:

  1. Click your mini-me photo on the top horizontal rail of your profile.
  2. Choose “Settings & Privacy.”
  3. Click “Visibility” on the left vertical rail, then scroll to “Visibility of your LinkedIn activity.”
  4. Click “Manage Active Status” in the central column. 
  5. Choose “All LinkedIn Members.”

Within a few minutes, that turns on your Active status and green dot.

How Can I Tell if Someone is Active on LinkedIn?

As a bonus, turning on Active status lets you see other members’ Active statuses.

Thus, if you want to send someone a LinkedIn message, you will know if they’re currently active on the site.

Keep a LinkedIn Window Open on Your Computer

If you aren’t logged in with a LinkedIn window open, your green dot won’t display.

So, if you’re open to recruiters’ messages, always keep a LinkedIn window open on your computer.

The Green & White Dot — Your 2nd-Best Friend

Continuing from above, I know you can’t always keep a LinkedIn window open on your computer.

However, you can activate a push notification on your smartphone. It will ping you whenever you get a LinkedIn message.

If you aren’t logged in, your profile will display a green and white dot instead of a green dot (see below). It lets recruiters know you will be notified that you received a message.

Thus, it’s also good to have the push notification enabled.

LinkedIn Push Notification

Enabling LinkedIn Push Notifications

To turn your push notification on for messages, grab your phone and:

  1. Install the LinkedIn app if you haven’t already.
  2. Click the mini-me photo in your app (top-left corner).
  3. Tap the Settings gear in the lower-left corner of the screen.
  4. Choose “Notifications.”
  5. Click “Messaging” and “Messages.”
  6. Click “Push notifications” to turn on the green and white dot. 
What’s Your LinkedIn Green Dot Preference?

Would you rather say, “Nobody’s home,” with no green dot:

LinkedIn Status

Or let recruiters know their messages will reach you by displaying a solid green dot or a green and white dot? I know what I advise my clients to do.

Let’s Connect on LinkedIn

Please invite me to connect on LinkedIn. The more I know about my readers, the more relevant I can make my blog.

Featured by Career Sherpa
Updated March 2024

© 2019 – 2024, Donna Svei. All rights reserved.

Comments 4

  1. Another way to use the LinkedIn green dot? When you see recruiters active on LinkedIn, engage them by sending a message about their organization and a specific role that caught your attention. You can also review their LinkedIn profile to see if they prefer a direct email [like me :-) ] or phone call. Whether connecting to build your network or looking for your next role, use LinkedIn tools to their fullest!

  2. Angela,

    I love the way you flipped this and made the post even more valuable!

    Yes, not only does LinkedIn’s green dot let recruiters see when job seekers are active on the site, job seekers can also spot recruiters who are open to being contacted via their green dots.

    Thank you,


  3. Job Seekers need to know about this. I will be adding a link to this blog to our “Clients Only” web pages! Job seekers need to do everything they can to help recruiters recognize they are in a job search and to contact them.

    And, I still see profiles that don’t have an email address on them anywhere!

    I just had a service provider last week that I couldn’t get ahold of, so they lost the business. They didn’t respond to a LinkedIn message and their email address was nowhere to be found. I wouldn’t want to be that job seeker or service provider that misses out because they don’t make it easy to contact them!

  4. Donna,

    I agree. LinkedIn launched the green dot in August 2017, yet not that many people use it. It’s a shame.


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