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Job hunting on LinkedIn? Change this setting to keep your searches private

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LinkedIn has become quite the powerhouse since its start back in 2003. What began as a platform to connect with other professionals has expanded into a revolutionary workspace to build partnerships, hire new talent and find rewarding new jobs.

Wondering how to make your profile stand out? Begin with adding a video that showcases who you are. Tap or click here for steps on how to do that.

If you don’t want your current boss to know you are job hunting, you’ll want to ensure those settings aren’t visible to others. Keep reading to find out how to change a crucial setting so you can keep your job searches private.

What happens when your account is public?

Our sponsor LinkedIn isn’t just used for professional job searches. As with any social media platform, you can use LinkedIn to look up old friends and check out what they’ve been up to.

This isn’t a big deal until your boss looks you up online. You can also look up your employees or old friends, but there is one problem. If your account is public, they will know you were lurking around online looking them up.

How to keep yourself private online

If you want to keep yourself private online, you have to protect profile changes. You can choose to notify your network about job changes, education changes, work anniversaries, and profile video updates.

Enabling notifications about your profile changes may generate a post in your network’s feed, an in-app notification, or email notification. You might also want to keep your connections private. Here’s how:

To adjust notifications sent to your network about profile changes:

  • Click the Me icon at the top of your LinkedIn homepage.
  • Select Settings & Privacy from the dropdown.
  • Click the Visibility tab on the left.
  • Under Visibility of your LinkedIn activity, click Change next to Share profile updates with your network.
  • Switch the toggle to Yes to share your profile edits or No to stop sharing your profile edits.
    • Your changes will be saved automatically.

Keep your connections private

  • Click the Me icon at the top of your LinkedIn homepage.
  • Select Settings & Privacy from the dropdown.
  • Click the Visibility tab on the left.
  • Tap Connections.
  • Slide the toggle next to Connection visibility to the left to turn it off. Now only you will be able to see your connections.

Privacy online is essential, whether it’s LinkedIn, Facebook, or your Google searches. If you want to learn how to keep your Google searches private, tap or click here.

Hiring? LinkedIn is a no brainer

Sure, you can post on a free job board like Craigslist. You can attract many candidates with those sites, but you won’t necessarily get the right ones. When you need to hire someone, you don’t have time to wade through many resumes that don’t fit the job.

It’s a ton of work sorting through all of that! You might not even find anyone who fits the job.

That’s why you should use LinkedIn Jobs instead. It can help by matching your role with qualified candidates to find the right person quickly. LinkedIn screens for skills, and you can use different tools to narrow your search. It really is so much less work.

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