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Old 04-17-2019, 12:32 PM
 
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There's a setting in LinkedIn to hide your email address.

You should also have a spam email address to use for sites like this. Only change it to your active email address when you are looking for a job. Once you land a job change the email back to the spam address.

Also, never give them your real phone number. They will try to trick you by saying its for "account recovery" or "additional security". What they are really looking for is a primary key to connect you to all kinds of external marketing databases to build a more complete profile to offer to advertisers.
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Old 04-17-2019, 04:07 PM
 
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I am not in the hunt for a position.



Truthfully, I don't need any more clients than what I have now. I'm at a position in my career where clients come to me.



Yet I am bombarded with every spammer on the planet trying to sell me SEO, web site construction, you name it. And I suspect that LinkedIn is where they're getting my e-mail address.



I'm trying to decide if it's worth deleting my profile entirely. Unfortunately, I have a couple of opportunities coming up where my bona fides might get looked over. So I feel kind of stuck at the moment.



Anyone else?
You are the one who put the info out there.

No one twisted your arm, so blame yourself-not the platform
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Old 04-17-2019, 04:11 PM
 
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I don't hate LinkedIn. I have actually gotten a job from connections made on LinkedIn. It is a tool and used correctly can be a great aid to making professional connections.
I feel the same. There is a term for people who power use it, I think they're called LIONs (LinkedIn Open Network). They can be a little obnoxious by trying to connect with anyone and anybody, even if they've had no past relationship with you. They even creepily comment on your posts and congratulate you on anniversaries. I don't know, maybe they turn into something down the road. But I've yet to gain anything from it.
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Old 04-17-2019, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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You should also have a spam email address to use for sites like this. Only change it to your active email address when you are looking for a job. Once you land a job change the email back to the spam address.
No real need for that. Everyone should have a disposable alias account, easy to filter and readily discarded when it gets polluted. Just point it to your main account.

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Also, never give them your real phone number. They will try to trick you by saying its for "account recovery" or "additional security". What they are really looking for is a primary key to connect you to all kinds of external marketing databases to build a more complete profile to offer to advertisers.
Excellent insight and advice.
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Old 04-17-2019, 04:54 PM
 
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LinkedIN was instrumental in me getting my first few roles out of college around 2010-2011

Now it's almost worthless. The Microsoft acquisition hasn't helped things.
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Old 04-17-2019, 06:07 PM
 
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I am not in the hunt for a position.



Truthfully, I don't need any more clients than what I have now. I'm at a position in my career where clients come to me.



Yet I am bombarded with every spammer on the planet trying to sell me SEO, web site construction, you name it. And I suspect that LinkedIn is where they're getting my e-mail address.



I'm trying to decide if it's worth deleting my profile entirely. Unfortunately, I have a couple of opportunities coming up where my bona fides might get looked over. So I feel kind of stuck at the moment.



Anyone else?
I set my profile to hide my address and phone number, unless they are in my network. I only add people to my network, if we worked at the same company or they worked with a friend.

I don't get any of that.
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Old 04-17-2019, 08:17 PM
 
Location: S.W. Florida
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When I was still in business I used to get people all the time wanting to connect with me. Since I had no need to connect with someone I did not know and knew I would never do business with, I rejected their requests.
I deleted my account when I retired and just recently got back on and what do you know, here come the requests again. Not gonna happen.
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Old 04-17-2019, 08:32 PM
 
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For each spammer who sends me spam and I know it is from Linkedin this is how I handle it.

* search for them on LI and see if we're connected. If yes, report their profile for spamming and unlink.

* forward their spam to his email provider, and internet provider, report them for spamming.
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Old 04-18-2019, 07:32 AM
 
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Don't know. But mine is hidden.
Then the spam you are getting doesn't have anything to do with Linkedin. So deleting your Linkedin profile would solve your problem.
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Old 04-18-2019, 07:33 AM
 
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When I retire one of the things on my list is deleting my Linkedin account. Other than it being a business facebook, I found it useless. Sometimes you can get an idea of what people are doing in their career but I can't see much value in it. I thought I might put "retired" on it for a few months and then delete the whole thing.
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