Privacy is an illusion. If recent events haven’t proven that, then a simple Google search for your name would.
Yet more importantly, any attempt to be anonymous on LinkedIn undermines the entire reason for having a profile there.
Ask yourself, what do I want to accomplish from using LinkedIn?
If your answer is somewhere in the vicinity of, “I’d like a better job” or “To have a professional online resume”, then clearly leaving out your full name doesn’t help you achieve your goals.
So what’s your hesitation? Maybe it’s fear of identity theft. Or some cultural faux-pax against being to public, or not being private enough.
Whatever your reason, know that you have an irrational belief that’s getting in the way of your success. So resolve to deal with it, and just put your real and full name in your LinkedIn profile.
Nothing bad will happen. I promise!
You might not know this, but there’s a way to flag Google search results and have them reviewed by Google’s lawyers. Through a law project called Chilling Effects, you can automatically send Google a Cease & Desist using this form: Google’s Removal Form. Keep in mind that requests are honored only if they see liability, or a potential breach in the law…afterall
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As a college career advisor and a professional LinkedIn profile writer, I help students get from the classroom to the workplace. My success relies on my understanding what hiring managers look for when recruiting and retaining candidates. And I recently learned some interesting statistics to show that they are paying more attention to candidate behavior. In their book, The Cost
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