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If you have a LinkedIn profile you will want to know How to Feature Your LinkedIn Profile, NOT the Competition!

Have you looked at your connections and other contacts LinkedIn profiles and noticed on the right hand side of your profile the pictures of others under “PEOPLE ALSO VIEWED” section. Some of these other people may be your direct competition. So why would you want to feature them on YOUR LinkedIn profile?

If you are in sales, business development, consulting, recruiting, financial services, or real estate why would you want to give free publicity to your competitors? This feature is updated multiple times each month, and shows a maximum of 10 profiles that viewers of your profile also viewed. The member at the top of the list had the most views by people also looking at your profile.

In order for someone else to appear in this list, they’d have to be viewed more times than the people already shown. This box shows some of the other profiles that viewers of a LinkedIn profile have also looked at. You may see it on your own profile or on someone else’s profile.

The information in the People Also Viewed feature doesn’t reveal any individual’s browsing history, including your own. If the profiles listed in the box are the same as profiles you’ve viewed, that’s just a coincidence.

If one of your goals on LinkedIn is to increase your visibility, this feature can significantly increase the likelihood that your profile will be discovered and viewed by other members. However, you also have the option to remove the box from your profile.

Here is what you want to do. Go to the settings page on LinkedIn.

Your settings are located at the tool bar at the top right of your profile. It’s where your profile picture SHOULD be. Hover your mouse over the picture and a drop down will appear. Scroll down to privacy and settings and select manage. Next your setting for profile should come up, in the middle of the page are privacy controls. Scroll down two thirds of the way and select Show/hide “Viewers of this profile also viewed” box. Next, uncheck the box and save your changes. Now when people look at your profile that is all they will see.

So if you don’t want to promote your competition on your LinkedIn profile turn off their visibility. This way your customer, client or recruiter will only be able to view YOUR profile.

Here is my call to action. If you would like continuing information about Social Selling and LinkedIn I’m always happy to connect with people who PERSONALIZE their request. My email address is BruceBix49@gmail.com. If you find this information valuable please pass this on to others who need help with LinkedIn.

I build practically perfect LinkedIn profiles and exemplary executive resumes. Contact me if you need help at 224-221-9700 or Email me at BruceBix49@gmail.com


5 Steps to guard, protect, and save your LinkedIn profile. Are you familiar with all of LinkedIn’s privacy settings for your Profile? Why would that be of interest to you? That’s what I thought until my account was hacked and deactivated.

Let’s start with privacy settings. How often do you change your password? I am going to start changing mine monthly.

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One of the newer features on LinkedIn is that you are able to see if you are signed in for your active sessions other than your home location. As I was writing this article I checked to see if I was signed in at another session and found 3 different locations. I went in and signed out of those sessions

If you take your laptop to the library, go to Starbuck’s, or any public WIFI hotspot and you forget to sign out of the session you are in it will leave your profile vulnerable to being hacked. I should have paid more attention to this because I checked my active sessions a few weeks ago and found I had 8 active sessions in West Virginia and I live near Chicago.

I changed my password right away, probably too late. So go to your settings and check your active sessions its right in the middle of the page.

I forgot to mention one of the security settings under the account portion and that is “Manage Security Settings”. What this allows you to do when you are on a public WIFI network is to check the box where it says “Secure connection”. A secure connection will be used when you are browsing LinkedIn (HTTPS).

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HTTPS is a widely used web browser protocol that allows you to look at LinkedIn securely. The encrypted channel keeps data exchange confidential and allows you to securely identify the website. LinkedIn states: “If you regularly access LinkedIn using WIFI hotspots at libraries, cafes, airports, we recommend that you turn on your HTTPS security settings.” The one drawback is you may not have access to any third party applications.

There is also a two step verification for your security settings that may be of help with sign in.

My account was deactivated, I still do not know how it happened or why it happened. I do know that I was using my phone to log in when I noticed the message “signing off”. One of my connections sent me an email telling me they couldn’t find my LinkedIn profile. I tried to log on from my phone and it wouldn’t let me. So I went to my laptop and found my profile was deleted and I could not access.it.

I emailed LinkedIn customer service in the morning, and we communicated back and forth through several email conversations with their customer service and my account was reactivate that same day in the afternoon. Once your account is closed (deactivated) and reopened you lose certain information that they cannot retrieve. Those features are:

Group memberships including group ownership
Followings (Influencers, Companies, etc.)
Ignored and pending invitations
Endorsements and recommendations
Your profile photo

I own a group so that is gone, my photo wasn’t there, endorsements, given and received, were eliminated, recommendations, both given and received, were removed, group membership was lost. Groups I had been in for 4 or 5 years were no longer there. Some groups I couldn’t get back into because they were at their limit and one group I couldn’t get in was an HR group that I had been in for 5 years in good standing but the group owner said no thanks, I didn’t qualify.

Luckily I had previously printed out my profile as a PDF so I would have a record of recommendations, groups I was in, and companies I was following. To print out your profile click on the drop down arrow to the right of the blue send a message. One of your options is “save to PDF”. Choose that one and print it out.

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The other back up for your profile is to download a list of your contacts to a CSV file and save it to your desktop. The most important part is if you know how to access this information, you can export a CSV file of your connections from the Connections Settings page, and then go to advanced setting on the right hand side of the page.. Note: Only the full name, email address, current employer, and position are exported.

Here is your step by step:

Privacy settings – change your password
Check your signed on active sessions – sign off
Manage your security settings – encrypt your LinkedIn profile
Print a PDF version of your profile
Back up your connections with a CSV file – convert to excel sheet
If you find yourself in this situation make sure you contact LinkedIn’s customer service team. They will be able to guide you through the process. Here is link to customer service.

https://help.linkedin.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1187/kw/customer+service

I’m always happy to connect on LinkedIn with people who PERSONALIZE their request. My email address is BruceBix49@gmail.com. If you find this information valuable please pass this on to others who need help.

I build practically perfect LinkedIn profiles and exemplary executive resumes. Contact me if you need help at 224-221-9700 or Email me at bruce@hobknobery.com


New LinkedIn Security Feature For Your Profile.

LinkedIn recently updated it’s and yours security feature for your LinkedIn profile. LinkedIn calls it giving our members more control. “We know you take your safety and privacy very seriously. We are starting to roll out three new tools to give you as much choice and control as possible over your account and data.”

The last time you were at the coffee shop or the library did you log out of their public network? LinkedIn now has you covered. There is one central location on your LinkedIn settings to see everywhere you have signed in.

Once you sign in to your settings you can see where you are logged in. LinkedIn will give you a complete list of which divices or locations you are signed in. You also can manage these sessions from this new page. If you see a session that you want to turn off, simply click on the sign out link.

So if you are currently logged in to 5 or 6 sessions scroll down the list and make sure you are signed out of any or all sessions.

I’m always happy to connect on LinkedIn with people who PERSONALIZE their request. My email address is BruceBix49@gmail.com. If you find this information valuable please pass this on to others who need help.

I build practically perfect LinkedIn profiles and exemplary executive resumes. Contact me if you need help at 224-221-9700 or Email me at bruce@hobknobery.com


Updating your LinkedIn Profile for Job Search While Currently Employed.

You are currently employed, but want a different job for whatever reason. You don’t like your boss, you are underpaid, you are under employed and looking for a better job. You have a LinkedIn profile but you don’t want everyone to know, especially your current employer, that you are looking.

What are you options when it comes to your LinkedIn profile. You don’t want to post updates saying you are looking, so you use Ninja tactics. What are Ninja tactics?

Step one is to go to your settings at the top right of your profile page and scroll over your picture. A dropdown will appear and you select “Privacy and Settings” and click on “review”. This will take you to the settings homepage.

The first thing is to select under privacy controls is:

Turn on/off your activity broadcasts

LinkedIn will not share your activity broadcasts. They even include a note to the user.

Note: You may want to turn this option off if you’re looking for a job and don’t want your present employer to see that you’re updating your profile.

There is a second way do this and that is when you edit your profile a box will pop up and LinkedIn gives you the option to notify your network.

There are other settings you will have to change as well. Again, when you go to the settings home page under “Privacy Controls” is the second setting you will have to change is “Select who can see your activity feed”

Your choice in this instance is to choose “ONLY YOU”. This way only you will see the activity on your home page.

A word of caution. DO NOT CHANGE YOUR CURRENT JOB TITLE! Do not touch this section of your profile, LinkedIn does not block this activity, or changing your profile picture from being broadcast to your connections. I repeat, do not change anything on your current position.

One last setting to change is the groups settings. If you join networking or job search groups you will have to change those settings. On the left hand side of the settings page are 4 choices one of them is the “Groups, Companies, and Applications”. Click on this choice. In the middle of the page is GROUPS scroll down to “Turn on/off notifications when joining groups”, uncheck the box and save your changes.

These settings changes should keep your job search activity pretty well hidden from prying eyes. Even if you aren’t employed but are making maintenance changes to your profile you may want to turn these settings off so you won’t annoy your connections with 10 or 12 changes that you make to your profile.

I’m always happy to connect on LinkedIn with people who read my blog. My email address is BruceBix49@gmail.com. If you find this information valuable please pass this on to others who need help.

I write practically perfect LinkedIn profiles and exemplary executive resumes. Contact me at 224-221-9700 or Email me at bruce@hobknobery.com


Can I block Someone from Viewing My LinkedIn Profile?

As of right now LinkedIn will allow you to block a member from viewing your profile. For whatever reason you can block someone from viewing or stalking of your LinkedIn profile. You cannot however block someone that has anonymously viewed your profile. The blocking, once it is activated is Mutual. If you block a first degree connection LinkedIn will not notify your connection.

Here is a list of what LinkedIn does when you select to block a member

When you block a member on LinkedIn, here’s what will happen:

You won’t be able to access each other’s profiles on LinkedIn
You won’t be able to message each other on LinkedIn
If you’re connected, you won’t be connected anymore
We’ll remove any endorsements and recommendations from that member
You won’t see each other in your “Who’s Viewed Your Profile”
We’ll stop suggesting you to each other in features such as “People You May Know” and “People also Viewed”

So make sure this is what you want to do before you block. Here are more details from LinkedIn.

Please note the following regarding blocking:

Blocking doesn’t apply to information you have made public, such as your public profile, content posted in public (open) group discussions, your own public shares, and comments on Influencer posts. You can always review your public profile settings to change how you appear in public search engines.
Mutual connections that you share with someone you’ve blocked, may re-share content created by the person you’ve blocked into your stream. You can choose to hide these updates from your stream.
There is not a way to block anonymous viewers of your profile at this time.

Blocking isn’t supported between a group member and a group manager.
If you’d like to block a manager of a group you belong to, you will need to leave the group first, and then block that person.

If you’d like to block a member of a group you manage, you will need to remove that member from the group and then block that person.

Contact records that have been stored or saved locally to your device need to be removed manually.
If you’re accessing LinkedIn via a mobile device, you could see cached data regarding the blocked member’s profile. To refresh your cache, login and log out of your LinkedIn mobile applications.
If you’re using 3rd party applications that leverage LinkedIn’s APIs you could see cached data of a blocked member on those applications. If that occurs, you’ll want to contact the application for instructions on removing that cached data.

Blocking doesn’t currently apply to mobile, SlideShare, and Pulse.

I know I have had a lot of people asking me about blocking certain individuals from viewing their profile, now it is possible. Whether it’s a coworker, an ex, or someone stalking your profile you have the ability to prevent them from doing so.

I’m always happy to connect on LinkedIn with people who read my blog. My email address is BruceBix49@gmail.com. If you find this information valuable please pass this on to others who need help.

I write practically perfect LinkedIn profiles and exemplary executive resumes. Contact me at 224-221-9700 or Email me at bruce@hobknobery.com


SIX New Ways You CANNOT hide your LinkedIn Activity Feed!

It used to be if you changed your photo, your job, or you joined a group LinkedIn would broadcast an update to your connections which you could not block. Now there are more activities that LinkedIn will not block notifications in your activity feed.

Although you can set your privacy settings to limit most of the notifications that go out and who can see those notifications, please be aware that notifications for the following will be posted/sent regardless of your notification settings:

1) Adding or changing your profile photo.

2) This is optional depending upon your personal privacy settings: Connecting with other LinkedIn members. Note: You can turn the notification off when you make a new connection by hiding your connection list.

3) Sharing content.

4) Following a company.

5) Upgrading your account to premium. Note exception: (this doesn’t apply to Job Seeker subscriptions).

6) Following an Influencer, Channel, or Publisher.

7) When you “Like” shared content.

8) This is optional depending on your personal privacy settings: Group Activity – You now have the option to turn this off within your Group settings, if you don’t, an activity will post. Learn more about preventing updates when you join a group.

9) Notices of anniversaries of your work experiences.

So, be careful with your updates. Do you want them for everyone to see, or are you doing maintenance or updating your profile info, and making a lot of changes. If you are making a lot of changes you may want to turn the activity feed OFF. Just un-check the box and most of your activity will be turned off. If you don’t, all of your connections will get an update about every single update you made, and you don’t want to SPAM your connections.

I’m always happy to connect on LinkedIn with people who read my blog. My email address is BruceBix49@gmail.com. If you find this info valuable please pass this on to others who need help.

I write practically perfect LinkedIn profiles and exemplary executive resumes. Contact me at 224-221-9700 or Email me at BruceBix49@gmail.com.


Are You Managing Your LinkedIn Account Security Settings?

This is one of the 35 privacy and settings features on

your LinkedIn profile that no one knows about. So how do

you find it and where is it on your profile?

Settings is located at the drop down by your LinkedIn Avatar (picture). The drop down includes a list

of seven items for account and settings. One of which is “Privacy and Settings” for review. Click on the

review and it will take you to your settings page. Scroll down the left hand side to ACCOUNT. In the middle

column at the bottom of the list is “Manage Security Settings”

Your security settings list is secure a connection. Check the box.

Click on MORE and Here is why from LinkedIn it is necessary:

What is HTTPS?
HTTPS is a widely used web browser protocol that allows you to look at LinkedIn securely. The encrypted channel keeps data exchange confidential and allows you to securely identify the website. Most sites use HTTPS when taking payments or login credentials. LinkedIn automatically uses a secure connection when you sign in, use Recruiter, advertising tools, enter a payment flow, or change your settings. You now have the option to browse all of http://www.linkedin.com over HTTPS.

If you regularly access LinkedIn using WiFi hotspots at libraries, cafes, airports, we recommend that you turn on your HTTPS security settings.

Note: Third-party applications and some content may not be available when you turn this setting option on.

The second part of the security setting is “Two Step Verification for Sign-in” which means

Turning this feature on will sign you out anywhere you’re currently signed in. LinkedIn then require you to enter a verification code the first time you sign in with a new device or LinkedIn mobile application.

So the next time you are having coffee at Panaera Bread with a connection make sure your LinkedIn

profile is secure! You may want to leave it on full time if you use WIFI anywhere.