How to Check Your LinkedIn Profile Visibility Settings

By Joel Elad

If you’re currently employed but decide to quietly start looking for a new position, you should consider what you are broadcasting to your LinkedIn network before getting ready to make a change. You don’t want your current employer or co-workers to see a flurry of activity that’s typically a sign of moving on to greener pastures!

To check your visibility settings, hover your mouse over the profile photo at the top right corner of any LinkedIn page, then click Manage next to Privacy and Settings. On your Profile settings page, pay careful attention to the following three options:

Choose Whether or Not to Share Your Profile Edits: When you click this option, deselect the Let People Know When You Are Changing Your Profile check box. That way, your boss or co-workers won’t see a flurry of activity about you updating your profile or following companies that could become your new employer.

Select Who Can See Your Activity Feed: Typically, this option is set to “Your Connections” so your first-degree connections can see all of your activity on LinkedIn. You can change this option to “Only You” so your boss or co-workers don’t see you joining a host of LinkedIn Groups or other actions that could indicate a job search.

Select Who Can See Your Connections: Again, typically, this option is set to “Your Connections” so your first-degree connections can see your other connections. However, you can change this option to “Only You” so your boss or co-workers can’t see you adding a bunch of recruiters or competitors to your network, for example.