Changing Your Profile Name in LinkedIn (Linkedin Name Changes)

Linkedin logo with magnifying glassThere are many common reasons people change their name, including marriage, divorce, adopting a stage name, or modifying your name to reference or remove a nickname.

And when you change your name in real life, you’ll also want to change it in your virtual life: specifically your LinkedIn profile.

To accomplish that goal, here are the ins and outs of changing your name on LinkedIn. Continue reading

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Creating a LinkedIn Profile URL That Fits on a Business Card

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All LinkedIn users have both a default public LinkedIn profile URL and a full LinkedIn profile URL. The public profile is what people who aren’t connected to you see when they search for you on LinkedIn. The private profile is what people in your LinkedIn connections mostly see when they check you as a connection.

There are a number of problems with the default public profile URL, including the fact that the URL is long, clunky, and difficult for people to find in search engines…and those are its good traits!

The default public profile also doesn’t fit well inside an email, on a business card, or on a banner. What you want is a shorter snappier LinkedIn URL that you can use in correspondence, marketing materials, Web pages, signatures, and in other places where a long URL isn’t appropriate.

In less than 500 words, here’s how you create your own (relatively) short customized LinkedIn URL, such as http://www.linkedin.com/in/joehertvik.

Note: This post was updated in July 2015 from its original version. Continue reading

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LinkedIn: Becoming Anonymous When Viewing Other People’s Profiles

linkedin logoFor any number of professional, legal, personal, or other reasons, you may not want other LinkedIn users to know you are viewing their user profiles. Sometimes you just need to be an anonymous viewer.

The problem with being an anonymous viewer on LinkedIn is that by default, LinkedIn doesn’t configure your profile to be anonymous. LI sets up all profiles to report their LinkedIn user name and headline to every other user profile they have viewed, unless the viewing user has specified otherwise. LI shows this information in the viewed user’s LinkedIn notifications screen and on the Who’s viewed your profile screen. Continue reading

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Three Ways to Find All Your Current LinkedIn Activity From a Browser Session

linked in pen pictureUse this technique if you only want to view your current LinkedIn activity from a Web browser (updated 6/25/15 as the old URL from LinkedIn no longer works).

 

I was unable to find a new URL to replace the old LinkedIn MYUPDATE URL, but either one of the following techniques will show you all your recent activity, published LinkedIn articles, drafts, and followers, as shown here. Continue reading

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Two Ways to Print Your LinkedIn Profile

linkedin share buttonA recent post from Donna Svei about saving your LinkedIn profile to print or a PDF file got me thinking about the process of saving and printing LI profiles.

In that post, Donna talks about how it’s important to print and save old copies of your LinkedIn profiles because you never know when you’ll need them. You may make a mistake with your LI profile and want to revert back to what it was before. Or you may have changed some terms or phrases and you want to change it back to the way it was before. Great ideas because you never know when you’ll need to fall back to an old profile. Continue reading

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LinkedIn Search Tip: Getting Found in LinkedIn Even When People Misspell Your Name

LinkedIn wavy inThere’s a simple LinkedIn trick that allows other people to easily search for and find your LI user profile, even if they misspell your name in the LinkedIn Search box.

Using the Summary text on the LinkedIn profile screen, you can use common misspellings of your name as a tool to help others find your LI profile when they’re not sure how to spell your name.

And this trick not only works for misspellings, it also works to have people locate you by your nicknames, pre-marriage name, pre-divorce name, or even a stage name.

Here’s how it works. Continue reading

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Who Moved my Cheese? Lifestyle Book or Horror Story?

who moved my cheeseEvery few years, someone (usually a business associate or a boss of some sort) gives me another copy of Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson? I must have ten of them, by now.

Who Moved My Cheese was one of the first “business fables” or a “motivational parable” that provides many valuable lessons for dealing with change in one’s work and life. And it’s loved by business managers the world over and given as gifts to their employees. In some circles, it’s more popular at holiday time than Starbucks gift cards. Other companies mass-distribute it to “motivate the troops”, sometimes giving employees two, three, four, and even five copies in a single afternoon. Continue reading

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