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Is It Possible to Job Search on LinkedIn Confidentially?

You’re presently employed and job searching, so you want to use LinkedIn to find new opportunities (or be discovered by recruiters), but you’re concerned that your current employer or someone you know will see your updated profile and catch on to what you’re doing. Is it possible to job search on LinkedIn without being “found out”? After speaking with a potential client this week who wanted us to write his LinkedIn profile for him but was nervous that his connections would figure out what he was up to, I decided to do a little research of my own. Here’s what I found:

You can actually turn off your network updates. Great tips for using LinkedIn for a confidential job search from Meg Guiseppi:


You can adjust who can see your activity and connections:


You can change your profile settings so you can browse profiles of target companies you want to work for, career experts you want to engage, or HR contacts you want to connect with and no one will know (even the person whose profile you’re viewing): Here’s how:

– Go to your profile settings and click privacy settings.

– Under privacy settings click profile views.

– Under the last setting click that you want to be completely invisible to users that you’ve viewed.


Here are a few additional tips to remember:

– Don’t post you’re in a job search on your status update or anywhere else in the profile. (duh!, right?)

– Don’t check the box on your profile indicating you’re open to new job opportunities.

– Be careful about what you post and reply to in job search-related groups and how you answer questions in discussion groups.

– Do make sure your profile is 100% complete.

– Do ensure that it’s a branded representation of who you are as an employee, keyword-rich, and SEO-optimized.

– Do engage yourself by sharing your expertise within the industry, posting relevant content to your field, and contributing to group discussions.

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Jessica Hernandez, President, CEO & Founder of Great Resumes Fast

Hi, I’m Jessica. I started this company back in 2008 after more than a decade directing hiring practices at Fortune 500 companies.

What started as a side hustle (before that was even a word!) helping friends of friends with their resumes has now grown into a company that serves hundreds of happy clients a year. But the personal touch? I’ve kept that.

You might have seen me featured as a resume expert in publications like Forbes, Fast Company, and Fortune. And in 2020, I was honored to be named as a LinkedIn Top Voice of the year!

I’m so glad you’re here, and I can’t wait to help you find your next perfect-fit position!


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