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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


Did you know you can now request a download of your LinkedIn data from your Privacy & Settings page. I did a workshop today and one of the topics with the most requests was downloading your profile data.

One thing LinkedIn wants you to know is that it is important that you should only download your data from a personal computer and not a public computer. Don’t go to the public library and request the info.

To request your data move your cursor over your profile photo at the top right of your homepage and select Privacy & Settings.

Yes you will be prompted to sign in to settings but that is the security part.
At the bottom left of the settings page click the Account tab near the bottom of the page.

Click Request an archive of your data under the Helpful Links section.
You’ll receive an email within 72 hours when your data archive is ready to be downloaded. If you receive this email but did not initiate the request, be sure to change your password. This is why they don’t want you to request it at a public place.

The data that’s available to you includes:

Account information:

Registration information, when you signed up to join LinkedIn.
Login history including all IP records, these are every time you logged in from a location other than your home. Email address history, including primary and secondary email addresses as well as statuses
Account history including account closures and reopens.

Other information:

Name information including the current name on your account and any previous name changes
A list of your 1st degree connections, all of them, if you have a large number of connections it will provide all of them. Photos that have been uploaded to your account. Endorsements you’ve received for all of your skills. List of skills on your profile. Recommendations given and received
Group contributions, every time you liked something in a groups, or made a comment in a discussion in a group. Your search history. Content you’ve posted, shared, liked, or commented on. Mobile apps you’ve installed.

Ads you’ve clicked on
The targeting criteria LinkedIn uses to show you ads, this is a good one. This tells you what LinkedIn thinks is important for targeting.
Notes:

This archive only includes data on your own activity within LinkedIn. It doesn’t include LinkedIn’s data such as information in People You May Know and Who’s Viewed Your Profile.

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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


LinkedIn Job Seeker Intelligence – increase your chances of being found by recruiters.

Chance #1) Search by Name

Did you know if your first name is spelled differently or uniquely it can hurt your chances of being found on LinkedIn? LinkedIn doesn’t tell you this. The one exception they do make is to tell you about maiden and married names. To increase your chances of being found make sure to include the traditional spelling and in parenthesis after your name e.g. Jorge (George) Brown. Other names that may need help Jon (John), Jeff (Geoff). So if a recruiter is searching for George Brown, either way, you are covered.

Notice in the results below three variations on Jeff.

Chance #2) Search by Location

Make sure you can be found by location. If you live 50 miles outside of the greater Chicago Metro Area (61108), are you willing to commute? Some recruiters start their searches by screening candidates that live within a 25 mile radius of the job location. Increase your chances of being searched and found by selecting a zip code on LinkedIn that falls within 25 miles of the Chicago Metro Area (Barrington 60010).

Chance #3) Search by Company Name

If you have experience at a specific company. Be sure to use your company’s most well-known name to ensure maximum searchabiity. An example – if you worked for the American Safety Technologies or “Signode” or Pro/Mark which are divisions of “ITW” make sure to list “ITW” along with “American Safety Technologies”, “Signode”, or Pro/Mark.
Put the (ITW) Illinois Tool Works in parenthesis you may also want to show industry as well.

Notice for ITW there are 337 resultes for different divisions of ITW.

Chance #4) Search by settings

Have you even looked at your LinkedIn privacy settings? Your privacy settings may play a large part in helping or hurting your chances of being easily found by recruiters using LinkedIn recruiter. You must check your privacy settings and make sure your public profile is visible to everyone. If you have a premium account make sure you have designated your account as an Open Profile which ensures you can receive free InMails and that your full profile can be seen by recruiters, and many others as well.

From setting public profile page choices.

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


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.


LinkedIn and Anonymously Who’s viewed Your Profile.

Why would you want to be anonymous when you view other people’s profiles on LinkedIn?

1) You are a recruiter searching for talent. You don’t want the talent to know you are viewing their profile for several reasons. The profile you are viewings doesn’t match all your qualifications. You don’t want the person bugging you for information about the position and who the company is.

2) You are in sales and you need a little business intelligence about a company or person(s) in the company. You need contact information because you want to be prepared for your meeting with the business executive.

3) You are just curious about other people or their profiles.

4) You are in job search. If you are in job search use the “Account and settings link, scroll down to review. On your profile settings is the option for Select what others see when you have viewed their profile. The last selection is “Totally Anonymous”

Used for business intelligence.

Why do you want to be anonymous. Be like a ninja to view a hiring manager or recruiters profile to learn more about them. Where they went to school, look into LinkedIn’s Alumni section, check their summary to see what they are about view their accomplishments. View the groups they are in and if possible join the groups to learn more about the recruiter.

Try a guerrilla strategy and if it is a hiring manager view their recommendations, find out what they value in people they work with or they are managers of. Also view the recommendations they receive to find out what kind of manager or boss they are to work f

Use a keyword search on LinkedIn to find out about your keywords. Where do you rank. Check out the profiles of others with your keywords (ANONYMOUSLY) view their profile. This will show you what keywords they use and where they have them on their profile. So what you want to do is add the keywords to your profile in the exact same sections on your profile.

Just a few reasons to be visible or anonymous, take your pick you can always go back and become visible when you want to be.

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.


How to Change LinkedIn Recommendations to Correct Job Title.

One question I am asked repeatedly is “How do I move a recommendations from one job title to the correct job title”. This is a two-step process.

Step 1. Remove the position that the recommendation is assigned to, and then go back into your profile add the position back to your profile.

A) The first thing to do is move your cursor over Profile at the top of your homepage and then select Edit Profile.
B) Next scroll to the Experience section on your profile and click the Edit (icon) next to the experience where the recommendation is listed.
C) Copy the text in the Description box and paste it into a WORD document to be used later.
D) Click the “Remove this position link” which is at the very bottom next to save and cancel.

E) Next click “Yes”, remove.
F) Click the +Add a Position link within your Experience section.
G) Then Copy and paste the job description (saved earlier in the WORD document) into the Description field.
H) Complete the fields for the position and click Save.

Step 2: Assign the recommendation to the correct position.

I) Again, move your cursor over your profile photo in the top right of your homepage and select Privacy & Settings.
J) In the Profile section, click Manage your recommendations which is at the bottom right hand side.


K) Then find the “Unassigned Recommendations Section”. This section is only visible if you have unassigned recommendations.
L) Click the Show recommendations link.
M) Find the unassigned recommendation, click Choose, and then select the position you want it for..
N) Check the box next to “Show this recommendation in my profile”.
O) Finally, Click Save Changes.

You are now done and the recommendations now shows up under the correct position on your LinkedIn 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 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.


How and Why to Hide Groups on You LinkedIn Profile?

If you are in job search, “In Transition” or seeking a new position you may not want to show certain groups on your LinkedIn profile.

If you are in job search or “In Transition”, this is the politically correct terminology, recruiters are
looking for people that are currently working not necessarily for the unemployed. If you are currently
working but do not want your present company to know you are looking for a better job is another reason to hide job search groups on your profile.

Job search groups are those that help the unemployed and underemployed with job search skills. Sometimes
they are connected with outplacement companies and others are connected with employment agencies.
Either way if you are job searching you may not want recruiters, hiring managers, head hunters or sourcers to know that you are out of work and in these groups.

So how do you join a group and hide their logo on your profile? You can change the visibility of the group logo on your profile when you edit your profile.

Move your cursor over Profile at the top of the homepage and select Edit Profile.
Scroll down to the Groups box in your profile and click the Edit icon.
If you belong to more than six groups, the list will be abbreviated. Click the “See…more” link to expand the box and see all groups.

Click the visibility link under the group. The link will either say Visible or Hidden. This will take you to the Visibility Settings section of the group’s Settings page.
Check or uncheck the box next to “Display the group logo on your profile”.
Click Save Changes.
Note: Members from your group will still be able to see the logo in your profile.

You can also edit your public profile to prevent your groups from showing on your public profile.

Check or uncheck the box next to Groups under the Additional Information section on the right side of the page.

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