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?”
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:
- Click your mini-me photo on the top horizontal rail of your profile.
- Choose “Settings & Privacy.”
- Click “Visibility” on the left vertical rail, then scroll to “Visibility of your LinkedIn activity.”
- Click “Manage Active Status” in the central column.
- 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.
Enabling LinkedIn Push Notifications
To turn your push notification on for messages, grab your phone and:
- Install the LinkedIn app if you haven’t already.
- Click the mini-me photo in your app (top-left corner).
- Tap the Settings gear in the lower-left corner of the screen.
- Choose “Notifications.”
- Click “Messaging” and “Messages.”
- 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:
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.
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Updated January 2024
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