Is Closing Your LinkedIn Account the Answer to Annoying Calls?


Is Closing Your LinkedIn Account the Answer to Annoying Calls?

I saw a friend of mine the other night and after exchanging some pleasantries I asked if he had closed his LinkedIn account because I was no longer seeing him on LinkedIn. He said he had. He was finding many of his unwanted calls were from people who found him on LinkedIn. He didn’t like the calls, so he closed his account. Was this a good idea?

People Expect to See Your Profile On LinkedIn

The expectation today is you WILL have a profile on LinkedIn. LinkedIn started as a place for business professionals to network but it has rapidly grown to become the professional/business networking site for all walks of life. “If you are not there; you are square.”

Your co-workers, customers, vendors and others expect to find your profile on LinkedIn. If your profile is not there; the conclusion is you must have a problem. Either you are hiding something, hiding from someone or you are a really poor networker and do not understand the value and importance of a network.

Who Are You Attracting?

If you are receiving annoying calls because of your LinkedIn profile; maybe it’s the way you’re advertising yourself! The reality is many unsophisticated networkers search LinkedIn for “C” level executives, directors, purchasing agents and numerous other high profile positions solely to promote their products and services. People in high-level positions play into these searches by listing their current title as their headline or tag line.

LinkedIn even exacerbates the problem because, by default, your current job title automatically becomes your headline unless you uncheck the box “Update My Headline To” when it appears. You DO NOT want your title as your headline! Listing your current title serves no one other than a person looking for someone in your position.

The Funny Thing About Titles

Many people get caught up in the importance of their own title and want to display it proudly; maybe even brag a little. The truth is if you are the CEO, CFO, COO, CIO or any other “C” positions of Podunk, Inc.; no one cares! Most likely the people seeing Podunk, Inc. have no clue about the company and until they have more information: do not care! Not only are you making yourself a target for marketers; the information you provided tells your audience absolutely nothing about the value you offer!

However, if you are the CEO of Coke, Proctor and Gamble, Macy’s Department Stores or some other large easily recognized company; your title will mean something and it will also draw a lot of attention – unwanted attention. So unless you are with a large company using the C-level title has intrinsic value; otherwise it is wasted effort.

Your Headline Should Be Your Value Statement; Not Your Title!

This is where people go wrong with their profile and invite the unwanted attention. If you have a title in your headline you are making yourself an easy target. Your headline should tell your reader about the value you offer. Your headline, next to your name, is your most prominent piece of information – as a headline should be; so make sure it draws the attention you want!

When You Do Your Headline Properly the Unwanted Phone Calls Will Be Reduced and May Stop

Because your headline is prominently displayed and has high value as searchable information; you must focus on your value proposition. What is it you offer that people want and will search to find?

I can have a headline which says I’m a Realtor or my headline can say Realtor Specializing in West Linn, Oregon Homes; which tells your audience more? I could go further and say “Realtor in West Linn, OR specializing in high end homes.” If I’m not interested in people searching for low end or starter homes; I am filtering them out with my headline. Some may call regardless, but I’m doing my best to get the prospects I want.

Deleting your profile is a solution to unwanted calls based upon your LinkedIn profile, but it is a drastic response to a fixable situation. Before you take this action; look at your profile to identify the cause of the unwanted attention and make some changes.

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LinkedIn Character Limits – Fishing for Answers


LinkedIn Character Limits – Fishing for Answers

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Each section of your LinkedIn profile has a limit on the number of characters allowed. Knowing your limits is important as you craft effective statements and descriptions.

  • First Name – 20 characters
  • Last Name – 40 characters
  • Headline/tagline – 120 characters
  • Status Updates – 140 characters
  • Summary – 2000 characters
  • Company Name, Position/Title – 100 characters
  • Position Description – 2000 characters
  • Skills and Specialties – 40 entries
  • Interests – 1000 characters

I will be using a fishing analogy as I talk about the sections of your profile.

Your Professional Headline or Tagline

120 Characters

Your tagline or headline is your bait. Different species of fish have different tastes in the bait they chase. When you know the type of fish you want to catch; you will know the type of bait to use. The same is true for your headline; different people will respond to different information. You must know what you want, find out what you are getting and, if necessary, change what you are saying!

Your LinkedIn headline or tagline is your bait on LinkedIn. This piece of information follows you around on LinkedIn and the Internet. You have 120 characters available to describe the value you have to offer and entice your prospects to “nibble” for a little taste. It is sad how some people waste this space by simply displaying their job title. Does it really say much if your tagline says “Partner”, “CEO”, “Sales Manager” or something similar? This is simply not enough to draw them in unless you are the CEO of Coca Cola, Microsoft, Proctor & Gamble or some other well known organization. Read my article Put Your Name in Front of 20,000 People with Your LinkedIn Headline

Status Updates

140 Characters

As I said with the headline/tagline different fish respond to different types of bait. Your LinkedIn profile is no different.

Your status updates are another form of bait which shows up on your connections’ news feeds. When your connection makes a comment on your status update, your update will show on the news feed for all of your connection’s connections.

Your status update is limited to 140 characters the same as Twitter

Summary Section – Your Story

2000 Characters

Your summary section can be up 2000 characters; following the fishing analogy your summary is your hook. When you are fishing, the bait is extremely important but if you put it on the hook incorrectly the fish will take the bait, but not the hook. Different types of fish, because of their size, require different hooks . No one hook will work with every type of fish. Likewise, no one story will excite every reader! Watch your profile statistics and look at the profiles of those who view your profile; are they your target readers? If not, your message may require tweaking!

There are different schools of thought when it comes to the summary. Some say use all 2000 characters and others recommend keeping it brief. My recommendation is to use however many characters you need to tell your story; of course not exceeding 2000 characters. Leave plenty of white space and make it easy to read. Check out my article Are You Really that Boring – Your LinkedIn Summary Must Reel Your Audience In

Company Name and Your Position or Title

100 Characters

This field is searchable, outside of LinkedIn, so think about how you want to use these 100 characters. You could use your title, but you could also include something more descriptive of the actual role you filled. You want to make your profile work for you!

Position Description – This Is Your Experience

2000 Characters Each

Your experience is where you reel in your prospects: customers, recruiters, hiring managers, etc. Each experience allows up to 2000 characters of information; each piece being a little more enticing as your story unfolds. Each experience should be a little vignette or short story into your career. For a detailed description of this section check out my article LinkedIn Experience Section – Record it Correctly

Your Specialties and Interests

40 Skills or Specialties

Your specialties and interests are a list of up to 40 characteristics or skills you have attributed to yourself. Your connections can provide endorsements for these characteristics. They are simple endorsements where a connection says they endorse you for the skill. Nothing more, nothing less.

Interests – Conversation Starters

1000 Characters

This is an interesting free form section. You have 1000 characters where you can record your interests. To me this is an overlooked section because it opens the door to virtually endless possibilities and conversation. Your interests are the opportunity to build your relationship with your reader on another level.

Are you looking to meet someone and you want to find commonality with the individual beyond experience, skills and abilities; this is the place to look? Ideally you will write things which are of interest to you and hopefully to them, for example:

  • Are you a golfer?
  • Do you play tennis?
  • Are you a master seamstress?
  • Are you a chess master?
  • Do you enjoy mountain climbing?
  • Do you ride a bike to work?
  • Do you like exotic travel?
  • Do you collect seashells?

LinkedIn character limits shouldn’t be looked at as constraints; instead think of them as guidelines to make you more effective in your writing.

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My name is Tom Staskiewicz and my goal is to help everyone do a little better, get a little further and reach the success they are destined to achieve! Whatever I can do to help you or anyone to move forward in reaching your goals; I’m all for it. Connect with me on LinkedIn, Like me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter.

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