What Can People See On Your LinkedIn Profile Before You Are Connected

What Can People See On Your LinkedIn Profile Before You Are Connected

Whether you are concerned about privacy or concerned that potential clients and hiring managers can’t see enough of your amazing LinkedIn profile before they request to connect, you get to be in control of what people can see. You can adjust the settings to control what people can see on your LinkedIn profile.

LinkedIn profile

On every social media platform, there are privacy settings that you can adjust, if you just know where to look. Today someone contacted me via email, asking me how they could adjust their LinkedIn profile so certain projects and accomplishments were highlighted or shown to people who were not yet connections. (I’m always grateful that people think of me when they have these questions, but find it amusing when they write, “I need someone to get back to me with this information” like we are LinkedIn or Facebook helpdesk!) I decided if I was going to play the role of LinkedIn’s helpdesk for one person, I should share that here with everyone.

So there are 4 steps you must take (and they are pretty hidden for some reason) to adjust what people can see on your LinkedIn profile before you are connected. This is also referred to as SEEN BY PUBLIC, versus SEEN BY CONNECTIONS.

STEP ONE: Select to View Your LinkedIn Profile as a Specified Audience

When you are logged into your LinkedIn profile, click on the blue, VIEW PROFILE AS, button.

What people can see on your Linkedin profile


STEP TWO: Switch your LinkedIn view to PUBLIC

To see your profile as the PUBLIC sees it, switch from CONNECTIONS to PUBLIC. While you are viewing your profile as your connections would see it, you cannot edit, you can only see the profile through their eyes. To edit you must go back to PROFILE – EDIT at the top. Once you switch to PUBLIC you will still be in VIEW ONLY mode but you will see a settings option to your right.

LinkedIn privacy settings


STEP THREE: Select Your Public Profile Settings

This will open up all of the LinkedIn profile sections that you may or may not viewed by those you are not yet connected with.

How to adjust your LinkedIn public viewing settings


STEP FOUR: What Will You Reveal and What Will You Keep Private?

Here you can decide to make your profile visible to NO ONE, or you can select specific parts to be viewable by people before they are connected with you. To decide which features you want to have open to the public, you might want to spend a few moments asking yourself why you are on LinkedIn to begin with. If you are hoping to be found and hired for services you can offer, be sure those services can be looked at before you are connected, or the person viewing your public profile may never send the request. If you are a job seeker, you may want to make sure your summary and skills are out in the open.

Of course, it’s up to you what you leave out in the open and what you keep behind closed doors, but give people enough information to entice them to want to know more, otherwise you could be missing opportunities that you are on LinkedIn to uncover.

And don’t forget to SAVE your changes before you leave.

What people can see on your Linkedin profile


If it’s time to give your LinkedIn profile a little TLC and get it attracting more connections as well, be sure to download our resource guide to create a ROCKIN’ LinkedIn Profile!

how to create a great linkedIn profile

I’d love to hear any of your questions or comments –remember, we are better than the LinkedIn or Facebook helpdesk!

You can connect with me on any social channel or leave me a comment here! We have a fabulous group for entrepreneurs who want a place to ask questions and get resources to grow their business. Come join in the fun–> DIY.social

Gina Schreck, social marketing


Gina Schreck is the president at SocialKNX, a digital marketing, and social media management company. She has been helping individuals and organizations use today’s tools to build their business since 1995! She is also the founder of the Business Growth Coaching program, DIY.social 

Follow Gina on Twitter, or connect with her on LinkedIn…her profile is about as public as that name scribbled on the bathroom wall.



“Social media doesn’t work.”  “I’ve had a Twitter account and a Facebook page for years and I have never gotten business from them.” “My customers are not on social media.”

I hear these statements over and over, and do my best not to blurt out, like a 4th grader, “you have to WORK if you want social media to work!” Which would be much nicer than “Maybe they’re just not that into you.”

The fact is, like anything, if you want it to bring you business, you will have to do some work. I have had an oven for over 50 years and it has never made a meal for me, unless I first did the work.

Let’s take a look at some areas you can put in some effort to reap bigger results.

  1. Improve Your bios and profiles

    Using a professional headshot that is closely cropped is going to reap greater results than a photo of your truck or dog. Even a picture of you that is taken at your cousin’s wedding and is hard to make out your face, is not going to cut it. On social channels, we are having conversations. We want to see the face of the person we are speaking to. If you are across the street I will be less likely to strike up a conversation with you than if you are sitting right across from me. Use a nice photo of you smiling…not in a creepy kind of way, but in a warm and approachable way. Natural. (Unless of course, you naturally look creepy, then perhaps force a non-creepy smile.)

    Your profile should entice. It should provide a hint to what you do or what you are an expert at, so people can get a feeling for what type of content you are going to share. It should also have a bit of intrigue. Giving us just a peek into something about you that is personal so we can find that common ground to connect on. If you love mountain biking or cooking, we can start with small talk around those and build on the rest. To see some of my favorite bios, check out the Twitter list I have under GREAT BIOS.

  2. Be Social

    Most people believe that they can create a social media profile and BAM! People are going to start following them. Unless your name is Justin Bieber or Beyoncé, that just ain’t happening! To gain followers, you have to start being social. Comment on other people’s posts. Like or follow their pages and profiles. Leave comments on blog posts that you enjoy. Yes, this takes time. It is the WORK part that will allow social media to work for you. So many people (and big brands) wait for followers to find and follow them. If you want followers, go out and find them. Look for people who are following accounts that attract the same audience you want to. Connect with them. Like or share some of their content. You know…court them. Get them to notice you. Then the conversations will begin and before you know it, you’ll be SOCIALIZING!

  3. Don’t Alienate Your Audience

    I’m writing this post during one of the most insane political times in our history. With so many people sharing mean and nasty political rants on their social media profiles, they are showing the world their true colors. And, while the elections will soon be over, their ugly reputation will not soon be forgotten. There are people who rant about sports in a very unsportsmanlike way and people who are just more extreme with their communication style and seem to alienate others with very long-winded rants about things that are not on brand or helping to share your expertise.

    While this may be their intent, it doesn’t make for great social relationship building. Examine your posts. How often do you go off-brand? Can people tell what it is that you do or what your area of expertise is? Commenting or engaging in personal or social banter is great, but if that is all you do, then people will not know where your expertise lies.

  4. Share interesting and original thoughts on your industry or topic

    On the opposite hand from my point above, do take a stand on your topics. Show passion for what you do. If you share content that is so bland that people can find it anywhere, why would they follow you. I see accounts that post so many quotes from other people, that I wonder why I don’t just follow those other quotable people.

  5. Be Consistent

    Too many people go Gung-Ho, posting several times a day for a week or two, then they fall off the social planet. If I go to someone’s LinkedIn profile, their Facebook page or Twitter account, I look for activity. I just was looking for a boutique I visited a couple years ago and found their Facebook Page (not their website) when I did a Google search. I went to the page and the last post was over a year ago. I left a message but it’s been weeks, and no reply.

    Sure, social media platforms are a crowded and sometimes loud space. Being absent doesn’t make you more findable or memorable. You have to be active and participate with others to build relationships and business.

  6. Stop Saying Your Audience Isn’t On Social

    I will agree, that not every one of your potential customers is active on social media, but saying your customers are not on social is like saying your customers don’t use electricity either. 44% of all registered Twitter accounts never send out a tweet, but that doesn’t mean they don’t read tweets from others. Many people admit they have a Facebook account only to keep up with their children or other family members, and then of course, they browse other content that comes across their newsfeed.

    Many people (mostly men…I said it…go ahead and write me nasty letters) are LURKERS (those who peer over the shoulder of their spouse to read what is going on)! They are TWATCHERS (one who watches and never tweets)! They are consumers of content that is shared without ever contributing, commenting or sharing that content with others. There are support groups for you if you fall into this category, but if you are the one posting and sharing content, just know that your content is read by a much larger audience than you may think. I often find a great post and copy the URL and share it with someone via email or text message because I know they don’t regularly check social media. That content was still found on social and may be reaching your ideal audience in a more indirect way. So keep contributing. Keep sharing. Keeping being social. When people are looking for an expert and they Google your topic or service, you never know if a post on Twitter or LinkedIn could very well be the number one search result.


To ensure social media “works for you,” unfortunately, requires work. It requires time. It requires you be there to be social and share valuable information. So instead of saying “Social media doesn’t work,” perhaps you should start saying, “Social media doesn’t work the way I am currently using it.”



Gina Schreck, social marketingGina Schreck is the president at SocialKNX, a digital marketing, and social media management company. She has been social online for over 10 years and has been an entrepreneur for over 20 years. Follow her on any social media channel or just Google her to find a location near you!






Getting Over the Fear of Using Video in Your Marketing

Getting Over the Fear of Using Video in Your Marketing

I’m still somewhat amazed, and yet completely understand when I see how few use video in their marketing. Video is one of the most powerful forms of content, whether it’s part of a webinar, a podcast, a live-streaming message or event, or simply a way to deliver a great piece of content. Video allows you to connect with your audiences like text and photos cannot. So why aren’t more businesses using this medium? Here is the Facebook LIVE from yesterday where we discussed this very topic:

One thing to keep in mind as you consider incorporating video is that a “presentation” means you are rehearsed and you might feel more pressure to be perfect! A conversation means you are just chatting with your audience about something that is on your heart or mind. People would rather learn from a conversation than an overly produced presentation. Relax and just talk to your audience.

Don’t over-complicate things. Start with very simple equipment such as your smartphone, laptop or computer with a webcam. After a few videos, you will see if you need to add a new microphone or a new location that is more visually appealing. Perhaps you add a desk lamp in front of you for better lighting, but don’t get overwhelmed thinking you need it ALL before you get started.

so turn on that camera and GET STARTED! 


Download our TIPS for Creating Better Social Video 

tips for social video marketing

Some of the resources mentioned:

The iOgrapher (on Amazon) – Be sure to get the one that fits your model of phone!

The lavalier mic (with a 20-foot cord – from Amazon) – There are others with shorter cords but give yourself the freedom to step back or move around.

Here is how I was set up with the iOgrapher. I had the feed coming through on my iMac behind the phone/camera so I could see comments easier and just to make sure it was rolling fine.

Facebook Live for social media marketing