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How Can I See Another Person’s LinkedIn Profile Without Them Knowing? |

How Can I See Another Person’s LinkedIn Profile Without Them Knowing? |

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EP 1307 There are currently two ways.


The question is, "How can someone look at a LinkedIn profile without someone knowing?"

There are 2 ways that I know of. The 1st 1 involves your privacy settings on LinkedIn. So, if you go to your LinkedIn page and click on your photo in the very top right above the ribbon, what you will have access to our your privacy settings. I think it actually says account and privacy settings. When you go there, you actually want to click on the option toward the top that says privacy. Within there, profile, viewing, options. You see in that area that you have a few choices. One is that people can actually see your name and choice. You can demonstrate what it is that you do..

For example, in my case it says, "Life/Professional Coach in the Human Resources industry.", Why it says, "Life," I have no idea. That is what LinkedIn has chosen for me. Then, there is a completely private one that says, "Anonymous LinkedIn member." Oooooooooh! It's almost like having the bogeyman there. That's one option. You make access to what someone else sees private.

As I understand it, if you choose this completely private option, LinkedIn stops carrying statistics about you. So, for example, if you want to know how you rank on LinkedIn in the role that you are in, they are not going to be able to give you any data about that. For example, I rank either 1st or 2nd for people in search in my network. It depends on the number of articles that I write and how many views that I get and things like that. You don't receive any data like that. If that doesn't matter to you, that's okay. That's option number 1.

Option number 2 was doing search outside of LinkedIn. For example, if you use a site with the address, this is a Google custom search engine that I created where I am able to search LinkedIn profiles specifically within the US. I have to do Boolean search and I have to, within that, look for people within a particular geographic area. I have to use the LinkedIn naming convention for that particular area. For example, it doesn't say New Jersey. It may say, "New York metropolitan area." Find the convention for the area that you are searching.

The skills in a Boolean search AND that local area in quotation marks or parenthesis. This allows you to see information without people seeing that you are looking at them. Even if you click through.

Those are 2 ways that I know of. Do you know of any others? Leave a comment in the notes for this video letting people know what it is and I will take a look at and comment on it.


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