“Is there a way to create a profile on LinkedIn but keep it from being “published” until you are finished with it? The reason I ask is that I would like my students to create and account so they can get started with the application process, but I don’t want their profile to “go public” until it is in good shape.” — Helena Rodrigues from Maputo, Mozambique.
You raise a good point! The short answer is that LinkedIn does not have a setting that will allow the students to block another member from viewing their profiles.
Once students create and account and start building their network, there is no way to prevent their connections from seeing their profiles. However, the public profile that appears when people search for their names on Google, Yahoo!, Bing, and others, can be edited from the profile Settings page to:
- Make it visible to everyone or no one in search engine results.
- Show only the basics like your name, industry, location, # of recommendations.
- Add or remove profile elements like a picture, current positions or education.
- Create a customized URL.
So, while you’re working with your students, you may want to keep their profiles more private by following these instructions:
- Sign in to your LinkedIn account.
- Click on the “Settings” link located under your name on the top right end corner of your profile home page.
- Select the “Profile” settings tab.
- Select “Edit your public profile”
- Then choose the “Make my public profile visible to no one” radio button.
Make sure the students change their profile settings back to “Make my public profile visible to everyone,” once they complete their profiles. Otherwise, Iduka will not be able to evaluate and consider them for this scholarship challenge.
Good luck, and please don’t hesitate to keep on asking questions.
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