In the first part to this post, I covered three areas you can and should update to make it easier for people to contact you on LinkedIn. If you haven’t read that post yet, I encourage you to do so now, as it contains an important overview on where to check/change your various profile settings and preferences.
The first three are in the prior post, so let’s jump right into areas four, five and six of your profile that you can change to make it easier for others to contact you on LinkedIn:
4) Do you have groups displayed? You don’t need to display all groups that you belong to, but you should display a few core groups. Select settings in the drop-down menu next to your name in the upper right part of your home page. Then go to Profile. To the right you’ll see “Helpful Links: Edit Your Profile.” Scroll down to the groups section on your profile. Next to each of the groups you belong to should be a link for “change visibility.” If you click on that link, it will bring you to the “your settings” page for that group. The first setting is visibility (the red highlighted box in the screen capture below). Select or deselect accordingly.
5) Do you allow group members to contact you? If groups are moderated well, spam shouldn’t be an issue. If it is, notify the group manager or leave the group. If you’re open to being contacted for the opportunities you’ve specified, this is the easiest way to facilitate that. Follow the steps outlined in the previous point and review the settings in the green highlighted box of the screen capture above.
6) You can always add contact information to your summary. Select settings in the drop-down menu next to your name in the upper right part of your home page. Then go to Profile. To the right you’ll see “Helpful Links: Edit Your Profile.” Scroll down to the Summary Section of your profile and click the edit link. You can add contact information as part of your summary should you so choose. The advantage is someone will still have your contact information even if they don’t share group membership with you. However, depending on your personal preference, that could be a disadvantage. Adding contact information here is somewhat controversial among LinkedIn “experts.”
What sections of your LinkedIn profile have you improved as a result of this post or Part 1? What other areas of your profile have you utilized to make it easier for others to contact you?