Providing Advice for Contacting to Your LinkedIn Profile
Within the Additional Information section of your LinkedIn profile is Advice for Contacting. This is a fantastic field that few people ever fill out. This area doesn’t show up on your public profile, but it is visible to your LinkedIn network. Just as the name implies, this is where you tell your audience why and how to contact you directly.
Success on LinkedIn is getting off of LinkedIn. It’s in the real world where strong relationships are forged. The Advice for Contacting section helps your reader get off of LinkedIn and start down the path toward real-world communication with you. When you let people know why and how to contact you, you open the door for opportunity.
Rather than leaving it up to your readers, tell them why they should contact you. If you are a job seeker, you can state, “To learn more about my professional history, please request my resume.” Or, “If you have a job opportunity to discuss, please contact me directly.” If you are on LinkedIn as a salesperson, you might state, “If you are interested in learning more about our services and pricing, contact me today.” A thought leader might use, “If you are interested in having me speak at an event, or if you are looking for a snappy quote or interview subject for a news article, please feel free to contact me.”
Not everyone prefers the phone. Do you pay more attention to text messages? Do you rarely check voicemail but always check email? Is Skype your communication mode of choice? This is information to share with your readers so they know the most successful way to reach you.
Subtlety doesn’t work here. Instead, be direct. For example:
The best way to reach me is via Skype. My username is donna.serdula. If email is better for you, my address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s how to edit the Advice for Contacting section:
- Open your LinkedIn profile.
If you have already added information to the Additional Information section, go to Step 3. If you don’t have this section on your profile yet, continue to Step 2.
- Click the Additional Information section that appears toward the top of your profile to add the Advice for Contacting section to your profile page.
You may need to click View More to find this section.
- Scroll to the Advice for Contacting section, hover your mouse pointer below Advice for Contacting, and click the pencil (edit) icon to enter into edit mode.
- Click your mouse inside the text field and start typing your advice to your readers.
- Click the Save button.
The Advice for Contacting section is visible to your full LinkedIn network. This provides the possibility that your phone number or email address might be used for marketing or nefarious purposes. However, there is an even better chance that your contact information will be used to benefit you.
Recruiters, reporters, event planners, hiring managers, angel investors, long-lost colleagues, donors, and others will use it to reach you.