Dear Berbay Blog Series: LinkedIn Privacy Settings-Blocking Your Employment History

Berbay is often asked about the best ways to optimize and utilize social media sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.  We were recently asked about a specific privacy setting on LinkedIn and thought our explanation might be of interest to you.

Dear Berbay,

When I Google an individual, often her full employment history will appear on her LinkedIn profile. Because I’m new in my career, I would prefer searchers not immediately see this information about me. Is it possible for a LinkedIn member to block this feature?

Thank you for your help.



Dear Sara,

Thank you for your email.

You are able to block Google and other search engines from generating your LinkedIn profile when someone searches your name.  If you do not want to hide your entire LinkedIn profile, there are also ways to edit what information on your profile becomes public and what remains private. To do so, simply follow these steps:

  • On the upper right hand corner where your name appears, click the drop-down “Settings.”
  • Under the right-hand column, click “Edit your public profile.”
  • On the right-hand column, look at the box titled “Customize Your Public Profile,” which allows you to un-check anything you do not want to appear to the public.
  • If you want to hide your profile entirely, you can select the option “Make my public profile visible to no one.” This will completely eliminate your LinkedIn public profile.  You will then not be searchable on LinkedIn or search engine sites.

I hope you find this helpful. Again, thanks for reaching out to us.

Megan Braverman
Account Manager

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