LinkedIn is a mainstay in your job search, but there may be ways to get more out of LinkedIn. Once you establish your profile, make some connections, and join some groups of interest, you can still use a few tricks to optimize it to your best advantage. There are always other things to learn in your LinkedIn job search.
Delete Unwanted Connections
Is there someone that you connected with that you want to kick off your list? Do they post inappropriate information or have they become competitors that you don’t want to alert to all of your activity? It is pretty easy to remove someone. Go to the “Contacts” tab on the navigation bar; once you click on that, you will be taken to a page with your entire contact list. In the right top corner, there is an option to remove connections. Check the box next to the offending person and click.
Use this judiciously – don’t delete people on a whim. It would be embarrassing to have to reach out to someone you deleted in a snit!
Get a Customized URL
LinkedIn gives you a long, unwieldy link to use when publicizing your profile. However, you can customize (and shorten) this link which can improve your brand management and it may be easier to remember. Go to “Profile” and then “Edit Profile.” Under the section with your profile image, your original LinkedIn profile link is listed with the edit link next to it. At the top of the next page you see, there is a link to customize your URL. Remember, you don’t want to constantly change this link so find something that is descriptive but memorable and hang on to it. Custom URLs are available first-come, first-serve.
Go Undercover When Searching
If you don’t want anyone to know what or who you are looking at on LinkedIn, you can change your settings to “Anonymous.” This may come in handy if you are searching for a job while still employed or if you don’t want people to know if you have been evaluating their profiles.
Go to “Settings” then to “Privacy Controls.” You can decide how much you want people to see when you search or if you want nothing at all to be seen. You might want to change it back after you are finished with your search though because being anonymous makes it hard for people to find you as well.
There are other things you can do to optimize your LinkedIn experience because the community is continually updating. If you want more information about using LinkedIn, sign up for our GetHiredBootCamp.com today.