Do you ever look at “Who viewed your profile?” I used to, heaps, in the early days. And do nothing. Then I more or less stopped looking. What about you? Do you take action based on profile views? Before we get into it, let’s dispel …
A BIG FAT MYTH
Let’s get this straight first. Having a paid account does NOT show you the details of someone viewing in anonymous mode. That is an urban myth. LinkedIn does not breach its user’s privacy like that.
WHY CHECK WHO VIEWED YOUR PROFILE
Paying attention to who viewed your profile is more than scrolling through the list. Click on anything that wants to be clicked! Even better, check it in the app on your mobile or tablet, then you get a cool graph as well.
The information like location, company, job title is given to you a bit haphazardly. It still gives a good indication if you are attracting the right people. If not… fix your profile and focus more on your area of expertise when posting and commenting.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PAID AND FREE ACCOUNT
As my schooldays are LOOOONNNNNGGG time behind me, I will not look up the information and then write it down for you in my own words. I’ll do what the resident teenager of this house would do. Add a screenshot of the relevant information!
SHOULD YOU REACH OUT TO THOSE PEOPLE?
See, I never did. Seemed a bit creepy. Stalking almost. Which is quite a funny way to look at it. If people show an interest in you, why not start a conversation? I used to be hesitant to send out an invitation until I saw this analogy by Kurt Shaver.
My first thought was: “I’d be too shy to follow up and contact those people”. Then I remembered it is an analogy. Online I have no shyness. It suddenly made perfect sense to reach out to people viewing my profile!
SOME THOUGHTS ON REACHING OUT
- Did you apply for a position and is the recruiter or HR person checking you out? Do a little happy dance, but leave them alone. You don’t want to be seen as trying to become teacher’s pet.
- Did someone from a cool company check you out? Hang tight for a moment. Look at the company page or website to check if they are hiring. In that case, apply first, then reach out. Otherwise, go for it.
- People that seem to be ‘just looking’? Look back! If you see something on their profile that interests you, invite them to connect, mentioning what sparked your interest in their profile.
- Did a 1st-degree connection check your profile? Send them a message for sure, what a great way to get back in touch with your network and start a conversation. Who knows, they might be ready to hire you for your services!