You can choose to notify your network about changes made to certain sections of your LinkedIn profile.
Enabling notifications about your profile changes may generate a post in your network’s feed, an in-app notification or an email notification.
To adjust notifications sent to your network about profile changes:
- Click the Me icon at the top of your LinkedIn homepage.
- Select Settings & Privacy from the dropdown.
- Click the Privacy tab at the top of the page.
- Under the How others see your LinkedIn activity section, click Change next to Share job changes, education changes, and work anniversaries from your profile.
- Switch the toggle to Yes to share your profile edits or No to stop sharing your profile edits.
- Your changes will be saved automatically.
You can also adjust your notification preferences while you’re making changes to your profile from a computer by using the toggle in the Share with network section.
I would err on the side of not sharing updates on LinkedIn unless you get a new job or have a work anniversary, otherwise it can be confusing to your network.
If you are making a lot of changes to your profile, make sure you have the sharing profile changes button toggled to the “off” position before you do so.
Use LinkedIn as a platform to share thought leadership, news and content of value and to stay top of mind with your network, and of course, as mentioned above, to announce a new position or a board/volunteer role or to celebrate a work anniversary.
I know celebrating a work anniversary doesn’t seem like a big deal, but I have seen these notifications serve as the catalyst for individuals to get back in touch with each other, reignite relationships and sometimes even lead to new business. You just never know. Especially now when we have to socially distance and online networking has never been more important as a way to stay connected to your professional and personal networks.
News about work anniversaries and job moves appears under the notifications section on the top right hand side of your profile (under the bell icon). Check that section daily and use it as a business development and networking tool.
LinkedIn is so much more dynamic and important than any resume you will ever have, so use it wisely and use it often.