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Why Do Some People Show Up as “LinkedIn Member” in Search Results? |

Why Do Some People Show Up as “LinkedIn Member” in Search Results? |

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There are two reasons this happens. What can you do?


The question I received from someone is, "Why do some people show up as 'LinkedIn member' in search results?"
Now LinkedIn, first of all, wants you to pay for service and they want to have you connected with people. They don't want to be gratuitous with the share. So, understand that some people want to be private. Some people don't. I'm a "don't" person.
And the answer the question explicitly is, there are two reasons why people show up that way. The first one is that you're not connected with this individual in some way. As a result, you're not a first, second or third level connection. You're not going to see their profile.
The second reason is the way they may have configured privacy settings. If you go to your privacy settings, which you can find, if in the black ribbon along the top of your LinkedIn page, you click on your picture and look for settings and privacy, then go to the privacy option on the top and then how others see your LinkedIn activity. There's an option for profile viewing options and, in the current iteration of LinkedIn, you'll see three versions of it. The first one is namer and headline that makes you completely . . . it's the full profile. The second one is a private profile characteristics which will save something like someone at (whatever University you've attended) . . . That's actually the most recent one because when I look at mine, it focuses on my Master's, rather than my undergrad. Then, the third one is private mode, anonymous LinkedIn member. Ooooh! Sounds devious.
So, what you want to be doing is connecting with more people, because I'm going to assume that this is not an individual who set the privacy mode and that they are not someone you're connected with. How do you get more connected? Easy. Look for people who are recruiters.
Recruiters tend to be pretty well connected individuals. Look for people who have been in recruiting for a long time, their networks will be bigger. Now, for me, I was LinkedIn number 7653. I don't accept connection requests from recruiters. I don't accept connection requests from outside the US anymore. Unless you say that you saw this video or watch my videos or listen to my podcast or something along those lines, then if you're outside the US, I'll accept.
For me, the issue is I'm starting to bump up against the limitations that LinkedIn has of 30,000 members. So, I have to restrict things for you. You want to connect with veteran recruiters in your area or in your demographic, or in your market. By that, I mean the type of work that you do so that, in this way, the likelihood is that they will be connected with this person so that then you can be connected with them.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1400 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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