Security and social media have been in the news lately. Here are tips for protecting your information on LinkedIn.
Your LinkedIn Profile:
- Only put information that you want the world to see on your LinkedIn profile. LinkedIn is a professional network, and is all about building relationships and doing business together. Your profile is a public document, and we don’t know who will read it.
- Be sure your profile shows you in a good professional way so people want to do business with you. It’s not meant to be your life story. Think of it as a sales and marketing piece for you, whether you’re conducting a job search or in business.
- Don’t put confidential or proprietary information in your profile. For example, as you’re describing your accomplishments, leave the specific sales and revenue results for your resume or business case studies. When you take your conversation offline, that’s the time to talk about the specifics.
- Connect with people you know and that make sense to network with. You may not want to connect with everyone who sends you an invitation. This also depends on your networking philosophy — whether you have a Quality philosophy and want to know everyone you connect with, or a Quantity philosophy where you want many, many people in your network.
- Check carefully when someone sends you an invitation that only says, “I’d like to add you to my professional network” and is not personalized in any way. They may be sending that to many, many people. I sometimes send a message when I receive an invitation like this, and ask them how they see us networking. If they don’t respond, I don’t accept their invitation.
Accepting Invitations & Replying to Messages:
- When someone invites you to connect on LinkedIn, you’ll see their invitation in your Inbox when you’re logged in to LinkedIn. You’ll also receive an email notification that someone has invited you to connect. It’s best to go into LinkedIn to view and accept the invitation rather than click on the link in the email.
- It’s also best and safer to go into LinkedIn to reply to messages rather than from the email message, even though it may be more convenient.