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9/30/2014
08:40 AM

Stop Doing This On LinkedIn Now

Watch out for these missteps that might undermine your presence on the professional networking site.

Don't try to hide your age.
Don't try to hide your age.

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jagibbons
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jagibbons,
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10/1/2014 | 7:08:41 AM
Re: Own your age ...
There are valid reasons on both sides. I would hope that companies like LinkedIn would be more open about the preferences and choices you can make to set your preferred level of privacy.
glenbren
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glenbren,
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10/1/2014 | 12:02:40 AM
Re: Own your age ...
They should at least let people know they're doing it, and there's an option to turn it off.
Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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9/30/2014 | 11:25:54 PM
Re: Own your age ...
@glen, agreed. always struck me as a feature that most people would want turned off.
Broadway0474
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9/30/2014 | 11:15:35 PM
Re: Own your age ...
glenbren, LinkedIn benefits from as many status updates, work anniversaries, etc., because it gives them more excuses to send you emails to let you know I changed my profile pic, or have been at my current job for 3 years 1 month and 21 days --- all to drive traffic and engagement. More people coming to the site more often, adding information, feeds their data machine and their dream of creating a data quilt of the entire job market.
glenbren
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glenbren,
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9/30/2014 | 1:04:43 PM
Re: Own your age ...
Great tips! Especially about turning off notifications. I never even knew my actions were being broadcasted until I started getting notices of other people's actions and realized they might be getting the same about me. Wouldn't you think the default would be not to send them?
Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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9/30/2014 | 12:49:23 PM
Own your age ...
That's great advice. Most people could manage their profiles to shave off 10 years or so, but as soon as a potential employer starts checking your paperwork, the game is up. While I expect most employers get why someone would fudge their age (more so than, say, inflating their titles or education) it's still less than honest.
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