Looking for work on LinkedIn? Change this setting to keep searches private


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

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If you don’t want your current boss to know you’re looking for a job, make sure those settings aren’t visible to others. Keep reading to learn how to change a crucial setting so you can keep your job searches private.

What happens if your account is public?

our sponsor LinkedIn is not only used for professional job searches. As with any social media platform, you can use LinkedIn to visit old friends and see what they’ve been up to.

This isn’t such a big deal until it’s your boss looking you up online. You can also look up your employees or old friends, but there is one problem. If your account is public, they’ll know you’ve been lurking online to look them up.

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How to keep yourself private online

If you want to keep yourself private online, you have two options. You can keep your connections confidential and protect them from headhunters who want to steal your valued employees. Or keep your activity notifications private. For complete privacy, you’ll want to do both. Here’s how:

Keep your notifications private

Go to Settings & Privacy on your LinkedIn profile page. Choose how others see your LinkedIn activity. Select Share job changes, education changes and work anniversaries from profile. Select no when asked if you want your network to be notified of activities.

Keep your connections private

Go to Settings & Privacy on your LinkedIn profile page. Choose how others see your LinkedIn activity. Select who can see your list of connections and choose Only you.

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

Hiring? LinkedIn is a no-brainer

Sure, you can post to a free job board like Craigslist. Those sites can attract a lot of candidates, but you won’t necessarily get the right ones. If you need to hire someone, you don’t have time to go through a lot of resumes that don’t fit the job.

It’s a lot of work to figure all that out! You may not even find someone who fits the job.

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


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