30 LinkedIn Tips: #9/30 – Contact details

30 short, useful, actionable LinkedIn tips in 30 days from Doctor David Petherick. #30by30 #TheDoctorisIn

#9/30: Include your contact details in your profile.

  • Originally written: October 9, 2017
    Text & Images Updated: June 30, 2020

Do you want to make life easy for people, or difficult?

  1. If you want people to call you, show them your phone number.
  2. If you want people to email you, show them your email address.
  3. If you want people to visit your web site or Twitter, or landing page, show them the URL or add a media link.

And do this in your about section and, if you wish in your experience sections - not just tucked away in the place holders that LinkedIn provides.

I have my key contact information clearly visible in plain text in my summary and in my experience sections. I also use media links with clear calls to action so people can book calls to speak with me.

Clear Contact Information in the 'About' Section of your LinkedIn Profile

So you don't need to connect with me to contact me.

And guess what - people contact me. Which is what I want them to do. Easy.

Make things easy for yourself and for others.

  • If you're worried about getting too much spam email, add your email in a way that means people have to do a little work to actually harvest the address - so form it as, say david[at]petherick[dot]org for example.
  • You can also use a service like shortwhale.com so you don't need to share an email address, but people can still contact you easily and send you structured email messages, but they don't get to see your email address.
  • If you're worried about getting inappropriate phone calls, use a forwarding number, or a diary appointment service like I do, or just don't bother adding a phone number. If inappropriate calls come, you can remove the number.
  • If you have a terrible email address with hotmail or gmail, consider owning your own domain, so you set up a professional-looking email address.
  • If you do this, you can also set up a LinkedIn-specific email address so that you can filter messages to it more effectively, such as linkedin-lead@mywebsite.com

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About David Petherick

Doctor David Petherick is In. David writes LinkedIn profiles for a living and offers online and in person 'surgery'. He makes your online presence visible, legible and credible. Follow David on Twitter at @petherick. Click mzs.es/free to book a free ten-minute call, zoom or skype with David today for confidential, impartial advice on how you can improve your LinkedIn Profile.