Can LinkedIn Be Harming Your Job Search? Key Mistakes That LinkedIn Users Make

by Kyle Taylor on February 25, 2014

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When you want to network in your field, where do you go? LinkedIn boasts over 200 million users with an impressive 35 percent of all users logging into the site daily. This means that LinkedIn can be a powerhouse for your job search. However, there are some key factors wherein the social network can truly hinder your chances of landing a job. Let’s take a look at how LinkedIn can be hurting your chances of getting a job.

Network Messages and Activity Feeds

LinkedIn likes to notify your network when you have entered into a new job. This is a great way for people to see your career advances, but there is a major problem. Users have experienced something that is quite baffling. Let me explain:

  • Perhaps you used to work for an employer that you rather not mention, or you want to edit your job title.

  • You notice that right under your name is your previous work title, so choose to edit it as it is no longer relevant.

Now, once this edit is made, LinkedIn makes one vital error – it mails everyone to congratulate you on a new job. That is right! Everyone in your network will be mailed with the news that you have landed a new job. Even worse, this is posted right on their activity feed.

Recruiters and potential job offerings are now off the table. In fact, you will be overwhelmed with everyone stating just how happy they are for you. This means that you have to take immediate action to rectify the situation.

Crisis Management

If this has happened to you, there are two immediate actions that you must take. See, the problem is that anytime you update your profile, there is a chance that a notification will be sent to employers. Let’s get down to the bottom of this by shutting off these notifications. This can be done by:

  • Logging in to LinkedIn

  • Navigating to your profile settings

  • Going to the Privacy & Settings options

  • Turning off activity broadcasts

This will completely shut down all broadcasts sent out as well as any emails about your new job. Now, you must notify potential recruiters about the mix-up.

First, locate and contact all recruiters and companies that you want to apply for. Let them know that you have not found a job. While this may be hard, especially after someone congratulated you, it will be a necessity. This will be something that many recruiters are aware of with LinkedIn. Since this message occurs any time you edit the field under your name, millions of people have had their job searches hindered as a result.

While LinkedIn is a great means of networking and publicizing your skills, it has been shown to harm your job search as well. This may be just one example, but it is one that happens to millions of people searching for a new job. While ambiguous, it is possible to completely shut off these messages under your privacy settings. Now, you can network on LinkedIn properly and continue searching for a job without sabotaging yourself in the process.

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  • Mintly

    Thanks for this tip! I just got a part-time side-hustle job that I added to my profile, and one of my supervisors at my full-time job emailed me saying “?!?!??! Is there something you need to tell me?!” I cleared it up, but that was a conversation that I really didn’t plan to have!

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