LinkedIn allows you to customize your account settings. In this video, learn how to customize your LinkedIn settings including Account, Privacy, Ads, and Communication settings.
- [Instructor] Any time you participate in social network, I highly recommend that you explore and customize your privacy and account settings. Let's check out how to customize these settings on LinkedIn. First of all here, on Maria's profile, I'm going up to the top icon where it says me and click on the dropdown. From here, I'll select settings and privacy. Now, inside of here, there are a ton of different settings that you can adjust. Up at the top, notice that you have four types of settings. There's account, privacy, ads and communications. First, I'll click on the account settings. Here, you can change the personal information related to your account, such as your email address and password. You can also adjust your site preferences, your subscriptions and the different accounts that you want to connect with your LinkedIn account, such as a Microsoft or Twitter account. This is also where you'd go if you'd like to merge LinkedIn accounts or to close out an account. Now up at the top, I'm going to click on the privacy tab. Here, you'll see that there are a ton of them. Now I'm obviously not going to go over all of these settings but I highly recommend that you take the time to look these over and customize them in a way that works for you. A little time up front can save a lot of frustration down the road. Now onto the privacy tab, I want to point out a couple of settings that I'm asked about quite a bit. The first one is profile viewing options. So here, I'll scroll down and we can see here profile viewing options. Now, on LinkedIn, you have the ability to see who's viewed your profile. If you have a free account, you'll see the five most recent views over the past 90 days. If you have a premium account, you're able to see everyone who's viewed your profile in the past 90 days. So with this in mind, you have the ability to adjust the way that you'll show up when you view someone else's profile. If I click on profile viewing options, by default it will be set with your name and headline. So if you visit someone's profile, they'll be able to see that Maria Wilson, marketing student at Roux Academy visited their profile. You can change this, however, to a private profile characteristic where it just says someone on LinkedIn, and here it usually will say your job title if you do have a job title that you put in, it will say someone in this industry. And then below that, you have complete private mode, where it will just say that an anonymous LinkedIn member has viewed your account. So you decide how you want that to appear. Now, another one that I want to point out is share job changes, education changes and work anniversaries from your profile. Here you can decide if you want to to this on or off. I often have people say that they don't want their whole network to be updated when they make changes, or when they have a work anniversary and if that's the case, you can simply turn this off. Now up at the top, I'm going to click on ads and this has to do with the data that LinkedIn collects in order to personalize the ads that you see. And here, you can adjust what information that you do or don't want them to collect. And finally, I have the communications tab, where I can adjust settings related to how LinkedIn sends you notifications, as well as how other people are able to communicate or connect with you. Take some time to adjust these notifications. I often have people say to me that they receive too many emails from LinkedIn. If this is the case, I recommend going into your email settings and determining what you want LinkedIn to send you emails about. Here, I'll click on email and you'll see that there are a ton of things in here that they're notifying you about. Now by default, these are turned on, but you can simply click inside of here and decide which ones that you want on or off. You can turn certain things off and say I don't want emails about conversations. I'll go back here, and you can select the other ones to change that as well. Another setting under communications that I want to point out is invitations to connect. If I click on this one, you can decide who you want to be able to send you connection requests. Right now, it's set at everyone on LinkedIn or anyone can send me a connection request, only people who know your email address or appear in your imported contacts list or only people who appear in your imported contacts list. I'm going to keep this as everyone on LinkedIn, but if you want more privacy, you can adjust this setting as well. So that's how you adjust the settings for your LinkedIn account. Again, I didn't go over all of the privacy settings but I do encourage you to take the time to look them over. Your LinkedIn account is a powerful tool, so make sure that it's customized the way that you'd like it to be. Like I said, a little time spent upfront can save a lot of frustration down the road.
- Creating a LinkedIn profile
- Growing a professional network
- Following companies and influencers
- Sharing updates and content
- Sending and receiving messages
- Searching for jobs
- Upgrading to LinkedIn Premium
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 10/18/2018. What changed?
A: The following topic was updated: LinkedIn Groups.