In the 21st century, social media is a powerful tool as it connects people. Everyone knows what others are doing. Through notifications and posts, becomes easy to keep track of each other.
It may sound strange to control privacy on social networking platforms like LinkedIn, as you want to be recognized for your work and promote your business or career.
One of the advantages of social media platforms is that information can be found through Google searches. LinkedIn makes protecting your privacy simple unlike other social media sites like Facebook.
Limit access to your LinkedIn profile
There are several reasons why you don’t want others to know that you are job searching:
- You are not cent percent confirmed that you are searching for a new job.
- You don’t want your employer to know that you are searching for a new job.
- You don’t want your employer from finding you & posting a bad reference.
Follow these step-by-step instructions to update your LinkedIn profile without your employer’s notice.
Below Me (On the right side of the main menu bar), navigate to “Privacy and Settings”.
Under Privacy, scroll down to “Sharing Profile Edits” and turn it off.
Under Privacy, change “Profile Viewing Option” to generic options or anonymous.
In “Blocking and Hiding” you can select those people who can see your public updates as well.
“Job Seeking” option lets the recruiters know you are looking for jobs. Select “Yes” to share your LinkedIn profile when applying for jobs.
Follow these step-by-step instructions to hide your LinkedIn profile
- Log into your LinkedIn profile.
- Click on Me (On the right side of the main menu bar), a drop-down menu opens. Navigate to “Privacy and Settings”.
- Go to “Edit your profile picture”.
- On the right side of the page, there is a box marked “Your profile’s public visibility” with a button next to it. Turn it off.
If your LinkedIn profile is visible, it will take a few weeks to get it out of Google searches.