Updating Your LinkedIn Profile for the Job Search While You Are Currently Employed
You are currently employed, but want a different job for whatever reason. You don't like your boss, you are underpaid, you are under employed and looking for a better job. You have a LinkedIn profile but you don't want everyone to know, especially your current employer, that you are looking.
What are you options when it comes to your LinkedIn profile. You don't want to post updates saying you are looking, so you use Ninja tactics. What are Ninja tactics?
Step one is to go to your settings at the top right of your profile page and scroll over your picture. A dropdown will appear and you select "Privacy and Settings" and click on "review". This will take you to the settings homepage.
The first thing is to select under privacy controls is:
Turn on/off your activity broadcasts
LinkedIn will not share your activity broadcasts. They even include a note to the user.
Note: You may want to turn this option off if you're looking for a job and don't want your present employer to see that you're updating your profile.
There is a second way do this and that is when you edit your profile a box will pop up and LinkedIn gives you the option to notify your network.
There are other settings you will have to change as well. Again, when you go to the settings home page under "Privacy Controls" is the second setting you will have to change is "Select who can see your activity feed"
Your choice in this instance is to choose "ONLY YOU". This way only you will see the activity on your home page.
A word of caution. DO NOT CHANGE YOUR CURRENT JOB TITLE! Do not touch this section of your profile, LinkedIn does not block this activity, or changing your profile picture from being broadcast to your connections. I repeat, do not change anything on your current position.
One last setting to change is the groups settings. If you join networking or job search groups you will have to change those settings. On the left hand side of the settings page are 4 choices one of them is the "Groups, Companies, and Applications". Click on this choice. In the middle of the page is GROUPS scroll down to "Turn on/off notifications when joining groups", uncheck the box and save your changes.
These settings changes should keep your job search activity pretty well hidden from prying eyes. Even if you aren't employed but are making maintenance changes to your profile you may want to turn these settings off so you won't annoy your connections with 10 or 12 changes that you make to your profile.