How To Keep Your LinkedIn Job Search Undetected When Employed

Chris Perry

There is a lot of great advice out there for job seekers on how to use LinkedIn to build their personal brands and find new career opportunities.

Some of these tips include maintaining a 100% complete LinkedIn profile, building your network of connections, getting recommendations, sharing valuable and relevant content to enhance your personal brand, joining and contributing to industry-specific and job search LinkedIn groups, following companies, applying for opportunities via LinkedIn Jobs, and more.

However, I am often asked how professionals who are currently employed can leverage LinkedIn effectively, yet discreetly, without compromising their current job security.

Here are 5 critical steps to ensure your LinkedIn job search efforts are successful, yet go undetected by your current employers:

1. Stay Off the Feed

Whether you’re already active on LinkedIn with a 100% complete profile or you’re just getting started, the first thing to do is to change your privacy settings so that your activity is not automatically broadcast to your network in the news feed and so your network cannot see your activity feed on your profile. Here’s how:

  1. Once signed in to your account, click on your name in the upper right-hand corner of the screen and click on “Settings” in the dropdown menu.
  2. Find “Profile” in the bottom section of this “Settings” page and then “Privacy Controls” to the right.
  3. First, click on “Turn on/off your activity broadcasts.” Un-check the box that says “Let people know when you change your profile, make recommendations, or follow companies.” Click the “Save changes” button.
  4. Next, click on “Select Who Can See Your Activity Feed.” Set this to “Only You.” Click the “Save changes” button.

Note: This doesn’t hurt your overall visibility on LinkedIn, but just helps make your activity related to job searching more discreet to help protect you and your current job.

4. Be Conveniently Accessible

In addition to being found and seen by the right career stakeholders, you will want to make it easy for them to reach out to you.

First, you will want to ensure you modify your contact settings to make it easier for people to find you and to see what types of contact you would welcome. Here’s how:

  1. Once signed in to your account, click on your name in the upper right-hand corner of the screen and click on “Settings” in the dropdown menu.
  2. Click on “Email Preferences” in the bottom section of this “Settings” page and then find “Emails” to the right.
  3. Under “Emails,” click on “Select the types of messages you’re willing to receive.”
  4. First, be sure to select “Introductions and InMails Only” (or select “Introductions, InMails and OpenLink Messages” which will appear if you have a paid premium LinkedIn account) to maximize your accessibility.
  5. Second, be sure to check the boxes of all the different types of messages you are willing to receive, including “Career opportunities.”

Note: Some professionals further increase their accessibility by including their email address and/or phone number in their profile. You can do this by either simply including them in your profile summary, or by clicking on “Edit Contact Info” when editing your profile and adding them there.

Second, don’t forget to allow your fellow group members the opportunity to send you direct messages about new opportunities. Go to the group’s page, click on the “More” tab and click on “Your Settings” in the dropdown menu. Under “Contact Settings,” check “Allow members of this group to send me messages via LinkedIn.”

Lastly, as mentioned above, if you choose to pay for one of the several types of premium LinkedIn accounts, you can leverage OpenLink, a premium feature that allows anyone on LinkedIn to send you a message or job opportunity for free, without an introduction or InMail. There is an OpenLink icon that you can choose to display on your profile which lets others know they can reach out to you directly.

See all 5 tips and the complete JobMob article


How to Use LinkedIn to Increase Your Hirability

elanie Pinola

LinkedIn is the social network of choice for hooking up with people and companies professionally; in fact, one survey found that 86% of companies that use social networks to recruit talent do so with LinkedIn. Just being on LinkedIn and participating in relevant groups has helped open up freelancing opportunities for me, and the service offers a great many features you may or may not know about that can help support your own networking, freelancing, or job search needs. Here’s a look at how to use LinkedIn’s many tools to increase your “hirability.”

Below we’ll explore how to:

  1. Tweak your profile to make it more enticing and search-friendly.
  2. Automatically pull in interesting data into your profile using apps (so you don’t have to manually update everything.
  3. Use the power of LinkedIn groups to really boost your professional opportunities.

The LinkedIn Profile: The Homepage of Your Career

The profile page is, in essence, your way of building your “personal brand” on LinkedIn, and it’s also how you get found by others—whether they’re recruiters, old colleagues, or potential clients.

Note: If you’re already using LinkedIn, you’ve already got a profile. In this section, I’ll detail ways to make your profile more employer-friendly, but if yours is already polished to perfection you can just jump to the next section, “Applications: Make Your Profile a Dynamic Showcase”.

LinkedIn’s profile page can even serve as a one-page digital resume, since it includes all the major things you’d have on one: a profile summary, current and previous work experience, education, and personal website(s) links. You can save your profile to PDF or use the LinkedIn Resume Builder we noted last year to turn your profile into a more traditionally styled resume with little hassle.

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Because I fall into the jack-of-all-trades category and my resume is somewhat long, my summary simply includes specific keywords that are relevant to the industries I’ve worked in (marketing, technology, and online writing) and brief details on my background. The keywords make it easier for people to find my profile in search results (if you Google me, my LinkedIn profile comes in at #6).

As with paper resumes, using keywords that show up most often for your specific industry or career could make your profile more attractive to the people who make hiring decisions.

In addition to entering relevant experience and education—which you should target for the kinds of work you want to attract—some key parts of the profile I think are definitely worth focusing on:

  • Professional headline: That’s the blurb right under your name. Your title or a description of your expertise works here. Mine includes “communications specialist” simply because a lot of jobs use that phrasing/title in their listings.

More tips on increasing your odds and the complete lifehacker article

11 Ways to Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile for More Exposure


Are you getting the most out of your LinkedIn personal profile?

Interested in ways to drive traffic to your website?

LinkedIn offers many overlooked ways to optimize your profile, helping more people discover you and promote your business.

In this article you’ll discover 11 tips you might not be using on your LinkedIn profile, but should.

#2: Promote Your Projects

You can use the Projects section (originally created for students to share projects they completed at university) to highlight products, services or other projects, such as the podcasts listed on Jay Baer’s LinkedIn profile. Directly link each project to your website and include team members when applicable.

linkedin projects section

Promote your products, services and projects in the Projects section.

#5: Showcase Specialized Certifications

If you haven’t completed a higher-education degree, the Certifications section allows you to showcase your specialized educational achievements within your industry. If your business boasts a certification for your industry, you can list it here and link to it so people can learn more about it.

linkedin certifications section

Showcase specialized certifications in the Certifications section.

#11: Support Your Causes

Did you know that one in five hiring managers has chosen a candidate based on his or her volunteer experience? Add the Volunteer section to your profile to show others that you also care about helping others. For nonprofits, this is a great way to promote your organization and cause.

linkedin volunteer experience & causes section

Publicize interests you follow in the Following section.

See all 11 ways and the complete SocialMediaExaminer article

8 Ways to Grow Your LinkedIn Connections


Do you want to expand your LinkedIn network?

Interested in ways to find and attract quality connections?

Growing your LinkedIn network helps establish you as an expert in your field and extends your reach and exposure.

In this article you’ll discover eight ways to develop new LinkedIn connections.

Why a Large Network Matters

The number of connections you have on LinkedIn matters. Remember, the more first-degree connections you have, the more second- and third-degree connections you have, making you literally one connection away from millions of people.

That’s important because LinkedIn is a massive search engine in which you’ll only show up in your first-, second-, and third-degree connections’ searches. In other words, if you’re not connected with individuals at these levels, you won’t come up in their search results. And only those three levels will show up in your searches.

So if you want to be found on LinkedIn, strategically build your number of first-degree connections. This will exponentially increase the likelihood that LinkedIn search algorithms will find you and place you near the top of search results.

In the left column below, you can see how the number of connections grows for each relationship level.

number of linkedin connections by type

The left column shows how the number of connections grows for each level.

Keep in mind that you only need 501 connections to show the 500+ mark next to your profile and be considered part of the elite expert tier. People who see your profile will know you use LinkedIn to do business, add value and connect.

Here are some ways to start growing your LinkedIn network.

#1: Post Status Updates Daily

It’s important to be active on LinkedIn, and that starts with posting status updates every day. Think of your LinkedIn updates the same way as any social media post. Make sure they add value, talk about your business and include a call to action.

When you consistently stay in the feeds of your connections, there’s more opportunity for them to comment, like and share your posts. This interaction gets you introduced to their connections and gives you one more way to grow your network. When people are sharing and commenting on your stuff, it’s social proof that you’re an expert in your field.

#3: Personalize Connection Requests

Review LinkedIn’s suggested connections at least a few times a week. Make it a goal to find people in your industry or niche and personally connect with them. Try to connect with two or three people each time.

When you send a connection request, personalize it in some way for that person. How did you meet? How do you know him or her? Why do you want to connect? Here’s an example of a simple but personal connection request you can tweak and reuse.

linkedin connection request

Personalize your connection requests.

Personalized connection requests increase the chances people will approve your request and give you a better shot at landing a sale.

#4: Add Your LinkedIn URL to Your Email Signature

Your LinkedIn profile works for you in a number of ways: as a resume, a testimonial, social proof, a portfolio of projects and clients and proof of expert value, all in one convenient place. In your email signature, rather than send prospects to your Facebook account (or nowhere at all), send people to your LinkedIn profile.

First, you need to grab your LinkedIn vanity URL, a clickable link that’s easy to recognize and easy to remember. In the Contact Info section of your profile, click the gear icon next to your LinkedIn URL. Then on the next page, look for the Your Public Profile URL section, where you can make changes.

Once you have your vanity URL, add it to your email signature to make it easy for people to connect with you.

linkedin in email signature

Include your LinkedIn URL in your email signature.

And be sure to add the URL to your business card as well.

See all 8 ways and the complete SocialMediaExaminer article

Ten LinkedIn Experts Share Their Tips and Tricks

I’ve been using LinkedIn with great success for some years now, however I didn’t want to make this article about how I use LinkedIn. I wanted to share with you some tips from some of the worlds most recognised LinkedIn leaders. These are people I have connected with and reached out to on LinkedIn which in my opinion demonstrates the power of LinkedIn. To be able to reach out and connect with influencers around the world, gives any business a head start over its competitors not making use of such opportunities. Enough from me, lets hears from LinkedIn experts.

Name: Mike O’Neil

LinkedIn Title: Keynote Speaker, Author, LinkedIn Trainer ♦ Social Selling & Sales Navigator Expert ♦ Awarded Forbes Top 50
Connect Via: Integrated Alliances

Question: What are the top three beginner LinkedIn mistakes?

1.  Chipping away at it over time, you need to dive in and you don’t wait until you are no longer employed. Push the pedal to the metal now. Dedicate a weekend or a couple evenings to getting yourself prettied up and educated. Dedicate 30 minutes a day to LinkedIn once you get settled.

Name: Brynne (Gordon) Tillman

LinkedIn Title: Transforming the Way Professionals Grow Their Business Through LinkedIn & Social Selling
Connect Via: Social Sales

Question: What are the top three beginner LinkedIn mistakes?

1.  Connecting with people without a personal note is a rookie mistake. There are a few places on LinkedIn that don’t allow you to add a message, and that often connecting from these spots creates bad habits. Be sure that you are connecting directly from their profile or your connections tab – so you can add a note with your connection request.

Name: Jean L. Serio, CPC

LinkedIn Title: Nationally recognized LinkedIn, Social Content and Branding Strategist | Speaker | Trainer | Workshop presenter | Author
Connect Via: Get Your Buzz On

Question: What are the top three beginner LinkedIn mistakes?

1.  Failing to effectively utilize keywords. 

Keywords are the top way people discover you on LinkedIn. Simply put, LinkedIn is a search engine.  It searches to find people whose skills and expertise match the words typed into the search box at the top of a Profile Page.

What are keywords?  These are specific, or related words, which best describe your expertise and skills. These must also be words people search for when looking for someone with your expertise and background. So using a keyword search tool, or Google, is important.

See all 10 experts, all of their advice and the complete article


How A Nobody (Like Me) Got 1,000,000 Followers On LinkedIn

By J.T. O’Donnell


Today, I broke 1,000,000 followers on LinkedIn. I began writing on the platform two and half years ago, along with four hundred other professionals. I started out with zero followers and less than a thousand connections.

I’m Not A World Leader, Billionnaire, Media Mogul, Or Shark

As a new member of the, “1,000,000+ Followers Club,” (please know, I’m giggling as I type that), I’m in pretty interesting company. President Obama, Bill Gates, Richard Branson, Arianna Huffington, Deepak Chopra, Jack Welch and Mark Cuban are all in the club too. Trust me, like all of you, I was thinking, “How the heck did this happen?”

I Didn’t Get Special Treatment

People often ask if I got some kind of special treatment from LinkedIn. Nope. In fact, when they started the Influencer program, they didn’t want the feed overpowered with articles on job search and career development. They wanted more diverse, timely business and industry insights. Therefore, my articles weren’t initially promoted on the homepage. Yet, the more I wrote, the more I climbed in followers. Members wanted (needed!) career help–and I was more than happy to give it to them. And, you know what? I think that’s the real secret to getting followers…

See the rest of the Inc. article to see how it happened and tips / tricks