8 things you should never put on LinkedIn

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  • LinkedIn is a space to present your career history and goals.
  • You really shouldn’t post just anything on the site.
  • Business Insider compiled a number of suggestions of topics to avoid on LinkedIn.

LinkedIn is a great platform when it comes to broadcasting your career successes and searching for exciting new opportunities.

So you should take care to put your most professional foot forward on the site. You don’t want to turn off prospective recruiters or your current employers with questionable posts.

Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and the author of „Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job,“ spoke with Business Insider about a few pitfalls to avoid on the professional networking site.

Here’s a look at some guidelines to follow when it comes to content you should avoid posting on LinkedIn:

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Don’t post complaints about your current or former boss, colleagues, or company

Don’t trash people or organizations on your LinkedIn account.

Your old company might have been a hot mess. Your former boss might be a complete jerk. But posting about that just isn’t a good look.

„Don’t complain about your current position or employer,“ Vip Sandhir, the CEO and founder of the employee-engagement platform HighGround, previously told Business Insider.

There is a place for writing nuanced posts about less-than-positive work experiences on your LinkedIn profile. And, in certain cases, warning your network about a predatory or toxic work environment is likely justified.

But there are better venues for outing or blasting malicious employers than LinkedIn. Taylor said that recruiters may just conclude that your negative posts amount to a case of „sour grapes.“

Never post anything with spelling mistakes

You always check your résumé for typos — and the same goes for anything you put on your LinkedIn account.

Sure, people who get crazy about innocent mistakes might be jerks — at least, according to one study.

But you still don’t want to spoil a post or job experience blurb with sloppy spelling. Such errors could distract visitors to your profile from your qualifications. Plus, frequent and egregious spelling and grammatical errors will give the impression that you’re less than meticulous.

Don’t publicize your job search

If you’re currently employed and seeking a new role outside of your company, you’re going to want to keep it on the down low.

U.S. News & World Report outlined some tips for keeping your search private, including blocking and hiding your updates from certain LinkedIn connections, turning off the „sharing profile edits“ feature, and clicking clicking „yes“ for „let recruiters know you’re open to opportunities“ under the job-seeking section.

In general, though, it’s better to be safe than sorry. You can use LinkedIn to message potential connections and seek out new roles. But you don’t have to broadcast that you’re looking around in an overt way.

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Source: Business insider

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