How to Fix LinkedIn’s Biggest Annoyances

Melanie Pinola

Love it or (most likely) hate it, LinkedIn is the leading social network for your career, whether you’re looking for a job or just want to stay in touch with others on a professional level. It’s also incredibly frustrating to many of us. Here’s how you can make LinkedIn less annoying and more useful.

ll social networks have their fair share of annoyances and critics, but LinkedIn appears to have the most (or at least most vociferous), with complaints about the service ranging from it being “useless” to “spammy” and “creepy.” Just like getting past our biggest pet peeves about Facebook, Twitter, and Google+, though, there are solutions or workarounds for LinkedIn.

Annoyance #1: SO Many Emails

Join LinkedIn and it seems like you’ve signed up for an endless stream of spammy emails. Emails saying “please add me to your LinkedIn network,” “Jobs at your company,” “Congratulate This Person and 3 others,” and “News about Some Other Person and more happening with your network.” If any little thing happens to any possibly connected person to you on LinkedIn, it’s going in your inbox. The ratio of email notifications you get from LinkedIn to the amount of time you spend on the service is absurd.

There’s a simple kill switch: This bookmarklet that turns all of the email settings to “no email” in LinkedIn. That’s the nuclear option—no emails at all for any type, but there could still be relevant emails you do want to get out of your spam folder and into your inbox (without having to set up complex filters)

To change the frequency of specific types of emails, go to your LinkedIn settings by hovering over your profile photo on the top menu, then Privacy & Settings. In the Communications section, choose “Set the frequency of emails.” There you’ll be able to restrict emails by category to individual email messages, a weekly digest, or no email. (Here’s a more in-depth explanation and tips in video form from my LinkedIn in 30 Minutes publisher.)

I’d set only the emails that are directly to you from other LinkedIn members in your network (those under “Messages from other members”) as individual emails and the rest as either weekly digests or no email to keep the inbox spam to a minimum.

Annoyance #2: Too Much Automatic Sharing


Annoyance #3: Lots of Paranoia and Stalking


Annoyance #4: Meaningless Endorsements and Recommendations



LinkedIn Profile 101 for Job Seekers – 5 Tips

By Brandi Tape

Your LinkedIn Profile can be an invaluable resource for most job hunters.

Now, before you write the site off as the uptight cousin of Facebook, check out this two part series to learn how to make your LinkedIn profile work for you. We’ve sifted through lists upon lists of the good, bad, and ugly LinkedIn tips to bring you the most valuable information that can help you shine now!

1. You get out what you put in. This is not the time to be lazy here, complete your profile as thoroughly as possible. Sure, having a profile at all will help your odds for that recruiter magically find you, but filling it all the way out will increase your chances of a call or offer if they’re able to discern a little bit about you from your profile as well. Make sure you include details about what your skills are, where you’ve worked, and what people think of you. LinkedIn makes it easy to gauge how well you’ve completed your profile with its built-in meter, prompting you with suggestions with suggestions on how to strengthen it further.


2. Make it yours.


More on tips 1-2, Tips 3-5, and the complete article



Optimize your LinkedIn profile so jobs find you – 10 LinkedIn Tips

Cinnamon Pollard

Think of your LinkedIn profile as a digital version of your CV. It’s a gateway to your personal brand so it needs to be complete, professional looking and optimised for maximum exposure.

LinkedIn has become an extremely useful tool for networking and is the sourcing tool of choice for recruiters. In the US 94 per cent of recruiters use LinkedIn for sourcing and recruiting.

It’s also the first place that potential recruiters and employers will look when they are considering you for a role.

These 10 tips will help you optimise your LinkedIn profile so that jobs find you:

1. It’s OK to be vain
Get your vanity URL. This is a custom URL with your name in it that points directly to your profile. Having your name in your vanity URL makes it more likely to appear in a Google search when someone searches for you. This makes it easier for recruiters to find you and share your information with prospective employers.


3. Have a keyword strategy


5. Add sections


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5 Simple Ways to Spring Clean and Declutter Your LinkedIn Profile

Tomeeka Farrington

Now that the Spring flow­ers are bloom­ing and weather is warm­ing up it’s only fit­ting that you extend your cleanup efforts into the social sphere. Time to stop neglect­ing your LinkedIn pro­file, think strate­gi­cally and opti­mize your pro­fes­sional iden­tity on the “World’s Largest Pro­fes­sional Net­work.” This way, both you and your employer can receive a fruit­ful return on social invest­ment. Whether you’ve received every LinkedIn endorse­ment imag­in­able or have cho­sen to flood your pro­file with all kinds of key­word lingo, it’s time to declut­ter. Here are 5 sim­ple ways to help you get started:

1.    Keep Score of your Con­tent Marketing
Sick of cre­at­ing use­less posts that flood your LinkedIn page? Can’t seem to write con­tent to encour­age reader engage­ment? Worry no more – LinkedIn recently cre­ated a con­tent mar­ket­ing scor­ing tool that mea­sures user influ­ence.  Tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion pro­file spon­sored updates, com­pany pages, per­sonal groups, employee updates and influ­ence posts, LinkedIn’s con­tent mar­ket­ing score pro­vides users with tips on how to improve their con­tent mar­ket­ing strate­gies. Based on a scale rang­ing from 1–1000, LinkedIn pro­vides users with a pri­vate grade, which reflects the impact of your paid and organic con­tent.  With LinkedIn pro­vid­ing you  rec­om­men­da­tions on ways to improve your score, it’s time you start spruc­ing up that pro­file and reach your unique masses.



2.    Take Advan­tage of the New LinkedIn Pub­lish­ing Machine



3.    Pro­duce Orig­i­nal Con­tent and Watch it Trend



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3 Places to Find Job Postings on LinkedIn

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Over the course of the last few years, the value of traditional job boards has declined, while LinkedIn is now often thought of as THE place to go to find a job. LinkedIn has made the whole process social and interactive. The larger your network, the more opportunity you will have of seeing that perfect position for which you are hunting. There are numerous ways to use this social networking site to be seen and gain business intelligence. Here are a few key ways you can also use it to find specific jobs for which you can apply.

1. Your Activity / Updates feed. When you first login, click on the “Home” menu choice at the top of the page. This feed will take up the left two-thirds of your window. Here, among other things, you’ll find the posts that everyone in your network has made recently.

These updates are constantly changing. Therefore, you’ll have to check back with frequency or else you’ll miss many of them. Unfortunately, LinkedIn discontinued its signal functionality, which used to allow you to search this feed for items posted within the last two weeks.

2. LinkedIn’s own job board

Read more about places 1&2, place 3, and the complete USNews article

Top 10 LinkedIn Tips for Job Seekers

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Are you using LinkedIn to job search? Would you like to get your career on the fast track? LinkedIn is the top site for professional networking, and it’s full of tools to help you make connections and find your next job.
When you’re using LinkedIn, the details matter. Your profile needs to be perfect, you need to be well connected with people who can help your job search and refer you for employment. It works both ways though. The best way to use LinkedIn is to give to get. Write a recommendation, endorse a colleague or forward an introduction. The more you help your connections, the more likely they will be to help you.
If you’re currently employed, it’s important to be careful on LinkedIn. If you don’t want your boss to know that you’re seeking employment, you can hide your activity. You should also be cautious about who you let know that you’re job searching.
Even if you’re using LinkedIn already, it’s a good idea to give your profile a makeover every now and then. It also makes sense to keep connecting, even if you’re not actively job searching. The stronger your presence on LinkedIn, the better shape you’ll be in for your next job search.
Here are the top 10 tips for using LinkedIn for job searching, including step by step instructions for using LinkedIn’s features and tools.
1) How to Use Your LinkedIn Profile as a Resume
Your LinkedIn profile is an online version of your resume. It should have the same information that is on your resume and, if you’re looking for a new job, you will want prospective employers to be able to review your credentials for employment, including your qualifications, your experience, and your skills. Here’s what to include in your profile.

There are right ways and wrong ways to connect on LinkedIn. Paying attention to proper LinkedIn etiquette is a must if you want to get connected. Here are instructions for sending LinkedIn messages and invitations including the best ways to invite people to connect with you, what to include and how to format your messages, and more guidelines for messaging on LinkedIn.