LinkedIn has a feature called People Also Viewed.
What is People Also Viewed?
It displays a list of other LinkedIn members in the right vertical rail of your profile. You know, the one you’ve perfected for the hungry eyes of recruiters and hiring managers.
When you join LinkedIn, the platform activates the feature. So, unless you’ve turned it off, it’s happening on your profile.
What Does “People Also Viewed” Mean?
I don’t know about you, but I’m trying to figure out what “people also viewed” means. LinkedIn has 800+ million profiles. Thus, I found myself asking:
- Who viewed those other profiles?
I have no idea. And I’m not sure LinkedIn does either.
What LinkedIn Says
I checked LinkedIn Help and found an overview of the feature.
Here’s what the company says about how the algorithm picks the people to display on your profile:
“The People Also Viewed feature displays a list of LinkedIn members based on a variety of factors, including profiles that viewers have also looked at, as well as similarities in job titles and industries.”
Based on my experience, similarities in job titles and industries have a lot to do with it.
I’ve always regarded the feature as an aid to recruiters. It’s like LinkedIn saying, “Hey, you like Amber’s profile? Here are 10 more people a lot like her. Maybe they’re even better fits for your search. Go it for Joe Recruiter!”
Does People Also Viewed Make You More Visible?
LinkedIn says, “This feature can significantly increase the likelihood of your profile being discovered and viewed by other members.”
I suppose it could, but we don’t know if it does.
You can choose to keep other people’s information off your profile. But LinkedIn doesn’t discuss placing your information on other people’s profiles.
What Should You Do?
I’m a job seeker advocate. Because of that, I advise my clients to select “No.” It’s not their job to direct recruiters to other people’s profiles.
We know people spend more time looking at headshots (19%) than any other aspect of profiles.
Why give them 10 more headshots to look at when they should be learning about:
- Where you’ve worked
- What your job titles have been
- What you accomplished
- Your skills
- Why people recommend you
- And more
Believe me, if a recruiter sees someone on that list who looks more interesting than you do, they’ll be gone. And they won’t come back.
Sadly, you’ll never know because most recruiters search LinkedIn anonymously. Thus, you have no idea they ever landed on your profile, much less left.
How to Turn People Also Viewed Off
So, if you want to keep recruiters’ eyes on your profile, turn People Also Viewed off.
- Click your mini-me photo on the top horizontal rail of your profile.
- Choose “Settings & Privacy.”
- Find “Account Preferences.”
- Click “General Preferences.”
- Find and click “People also viewed” in the main column.
- Click the “No” button.
Don’t lead recruiters to other people’s profiles. They enjoy the hunt. You’ll spoil their fun by making it too easy for them to find other candidates.
And speaking of looking attractive to recruiters, have you activated your green dot?
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Updated December 2022
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