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Returning to STEM
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Privacy and security

Increasing your online visibility has become more and more important to making sure you are found by potential employers, but you may quite rightly be a bit concerned about privacy and security. As with all social media, understanding and having control over what others can see about you is vital for your own peace of mind, as well as ensuring potential employers are getting the impression of you that you want them to. With that in mind, you are going to start by examining what your privacy options are on LinkedIn. For instance, you can control the level of detail that is available to the general public and how much can only be seen by your contacts (called connections).

In the next activity, when you set up your LinkedIn account, you will consider the privacy settings to ensure you get your profile up to speed before you make it visible to your connections. There are a number of things you can control on LinkedIn to maintain your privacy, including limiting who can view elements of your profile to first connections only. (First connections are contacts that you have agreed to connect with or that you have reached out to and connected with.) You can also set your account so that your photo and full name are not visible to the general public.