By now, you’ve probably noticed the LinkedIn green dot on some of your connections’ LinkedIn profiles (see below). You might even have asked yourself, “What does the green dot mean on LinkedIn?”
In a nutshell, the LinkedIn green dot is the easiest way you have to signal recruiters that you’re active on LinkedIn right now.
That matters because they are much 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 “Visibility of your LinkedIn activity.”
- Scroll down to “Manage Active Status” in the central column.
- Click “Change” and choose “All LinkedIn Members.”
Within a few minutes, that turns on your Active status and your green dot.
How Can I Tell if Someone is Active on LinkedIn?
As a bonus, turning on your Active status also lets you see other members’ Active statuses (per their “all members” or “connections” selections).
Thus, if you want to send someone a LinkedIn message, you will now have more information about whether or not they’re currently active on the site.
Keep a LinkedIn Window Open on Your Computer
If you aren’t currently active on LinkedIn (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 that pings you whenever you get a LinkedIn message.
When you do that, and you’re not active on LinkedIn, your profile will display a green and white dot instead of a green dot (see below). It lets recruiters know you will get a notification that you received a message.
Thus, it’s also a good idea 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.
- Go to your profile on your phone.
- Tap the Settings gear in the upper-right corner of your screen.
- Choose “Communications” in the top, horizontal rail.
- Click “Push.”
- Click “Conversations.”
- Turn on “Messages you have received.”
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.
Another Way to Help Recruiters Contact You
BTW, not all recruiters like to message potential candidates via the LinkedIn site. Because of that, it’s also a good idea to make it easy for them to find your email address on your profile.
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Featured by Career Sherpa
Updated February 2021
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