What NOT to share on LinkedIn

LinkedIn has become a very powerful tool for networking and job recruiting, but people should be careful with how they use it. If you don’t position yourself properly, you could potentially do more damage than good. Knowing what type of information to post on a LinkedIn profile will make or break that crucial job interview you’ve been yearning after. The social network, which constantly encourages its members to share more — including details that may seem irrelevant in professional context, such as specific causes they care about or volunteer experience — could actually be doing some users a disservice.

Showcasing positive extracurricular activities and accomplishments can give people a better sense of yourself but always be aware of the fine line of over-sharing. According to Emily Gordon, Strategic Director for Seven Step, you should “highlight facts and stats that are relevant to your job, industry, professional network, or clients. If it doesn't relate to those topics, it should be removed.”

You also shouldn't let your personality, beliefs or whatever you do on your own time keep you from landing a new job, closing a sale or making a connection with a big shot in your industry. Gordon suggests cutting personal hobbies and interests, such kayaking or karate, from your LinkedIn profile. "Yes, they can make you stand out, but professional skills, like certifications or awards, will carry a lot more weight."

You can see Emily Gordon’s full insights and commentary in the originally article written by Matt Kapko on CIO here: What NOT to share on LinkedIn


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