60+ Most Common LinkedIn FAQs Answered by an Expert

According to my research, tons of commonly-asked LinkedIn questions out there completely lack productive answers.

Being something of a LinkedIn expert, I’ve taken it upon myself to answer all of them—yes, all of them—in this guide.

So sit back, relax, and, uh, skip down to the question(s) that brought you here.

General Knowledge

1. Who owns LinkedIn?

Microsoft acquired LinkedIn in 2016 for $26.2 billion.

2. How does LinkedIn work?

LinkedIn is a business-oriented social network used primarily for networking and job seeking.

3. Is LinkedIn free?

LinkedIn has both free and premium features. The free features are fairly robust, while the premium features are geared more toward job seekers and businesses.

4. How many languages does LinkedIn support?

LinkedIn currently supports 24 languages.

Engagement

1. How do I share a LinkedIn profile?

To share a LinkedIn profile, copy its URL at the top and send it out.

You can also share from the profile page:

  1. Hover over the Share button and select Copy Link
  2. Paste the link into an email, social media post, or wherever you want to share

Or share from the profile overview:

  1. Click the Share button next to the Send InMail button
  2. Paste the link into an email, social media post, or wherever you want to share

2. How do I post on LinkedIn?

You can post on LinkedIn by creating a new post or by commenting on someone else’s.

If you want to create a new post, click “Start a post” from your feed.

If you want to comment, click “Comment” under someone’s post (provided they have comments enabled).

3. What is a LinkedIn profile?

A LinkedIn profile is a summary of your work experience, skills, and education, as well as a way to showcase your professional/personal brand.

4. Do I need a profile?

A LinkedIn profile can be extraordinarily helpful if you’re looking for a job or trying to grow your professional network. Be sure to post content daily!

5. How do I sign up for LinkedIn?

You can sign up for LinkedIn by visiting the LinkedIn homepage and clicking “Join now.”

6. What do I use LinkedIn for?

LinkedIn can be used for networking, job-seeking, and business purposes.

7. How do I tag someone in a LinkedIn post?

To tag someone in a LinkedIn post, enter an “@” symbol and start typing their name.

LinkedIn will automatically suggest matching profiles, and you can click the profile you want to tag when it appears.

8. How do I delete a LinkedIn post?

To delete a LinkedIn post, hover over the post and click the ••• icon. Then, click “Delete.”

9. How do I delete a LinkedIn comment?

To delete a LinkedIn comment, hover over the comment and click the ••• icon. Then, click “Delete.”

10. How do I add my birthday to LinkedIn?

To add your birthday to LinkedIn:

  1. Click the Me icon at the top of your LinkedIn homepage
  2. Click View profile
  3. Click Contact info in the right sidebar
  4. Click the edit icon next to your birthday
  5. Enter your birthday and click Save

You can also add your birthday by clicking Add profile section on your profile and selecting Personal info from the list.

11. Why attach an image to a LinkedIn post?

Adding an image to a LinkedIn post can help your post stand out and get more engagement. Just be sure the image is relevant to the post!

12. What should be your LinkedIn background cover photo?

Your background should be an actionable banner moving visitors towards a specific result. Here’s mine, for example:

For more examples, check out my article on the best LinkedIn banners from real creators.

Premium

1. What is LinkedIn Premium?

LinkedIn Premium is a suite of features that improve the LinkedIn experience for job seekers and businesses.

2. How do I cancel LinkedIn Premium?

You can cancel your LinkedIn Premium subscription by visiting your account settings and clicking “Cancel Subscription.”

Click “Manage subscription” to find this option.

Your Profile

1. What are LinkedIn endorsements?

LinkedIn endorsements are brief, one-click endorsements from your connections. They act as a vote of confidence in a particular skill.

If you get enough endorsements for a particular skill, LinkedIn will consider you “highly skilled” at it. This can increase your visibility in search results for that term.

2. Can I delete my LinkedIn endorsements?

Yes, you can delete your LinkedIn endorsements by going to your profile, clicking the skill, and clicking the “x” next to the endorsement.

3. What are LinkedIn skills?

LinkedIn skills are a way to showcase your talents and expertise to your connections and potential employers.

4. Can I add skills to my profile?

Yes, you can add skills to your LinkedIn profile by going to your profile and clicking “Add skills.”

5. What are LinkedIn recommendations?

LinkedIn recommendations are short, written testimonials from LinkedIn connections. They appear on your profile and can be given for skills, expertise, and more.

6. How do I write a LinkedIn recommendation?

To write a LinkedIn recommendation, visit the profile of the person you want to recommend and click “Write a recommendation.”

You need to be connected to write someone a recommendation.

7. How do I get LinkedIn recommendations?

You can get LinkedIn recommendations by asking your connections to write them for you.

8. How do I delete a LinkedIn recommendation?

You can delete a LinkedIn recommendation by going to the profile of the person who wrote it, clicking the recommend button, and clicking “Remove recommendation.”

9. Can I edit my recommendation(s)?

Yes, you can edit your LinkedIn recommendation by going to the profile of the person who wrote it, clicking the recommend button, and clicking “Edit recommendation.”

10. How do I ask for a LinkedIn recommendation?

To ask for a LinkedIn recommendation, visit the profile of the person you want to recommend and click “Request connection.”

11. How do I hide my LinkedIn recommendations?

You can hide your LinkedIn recommendations by going to your profile and clicking “Edit Profile.”

Click the “Recommendations” tab, then click the “Hide all recommendations” button.

12. What is a LinkedIn summary?

A LinkedIn summary is a brief overview of your work experience, skills, and goals, as well as a way to showcase your professional/personal brand.

Here’s mine, for example:

13. How do I write a LinkedIn summary?

You can write a LinkedIn summary by going to your profile and clicking “Edit Profile.”

Click the “Summary” tab and start writing! Make it as comprehensive as possible while not being long-winded.

14. How do I edit my summary?

You can edit your LinkedIn profile by going to your profile and clicking “Edit Profile.”

Then, click the “Summary” tab and start editing. You can also add media (links, videos, etc.) to your summary by clicking the “+” sign.

15. How do I delete my LinkedIn account?

To delete your LinkedIn account, visit the LinkedIn deletion page while logged in and click the “Continue” button.

Enter your password to confirm and click “Continue.” Finally, click the “I understand, delete my account” button.

Connecting & Networking

1. What does “1st” mean on LinkedIn?

The “1st” designation on LinkedIn means that you and the other person are first-degree connections. This means that you have mutual friends on LinkedIn.

2. What does “2nd” mean on LinkedIn?

The “2nd” designation on LinkedIn means that you and the other person are second-degree connections. This means that you have mutual friends, but they’re not friends with each other.

3. What does “3rd” mean on LinkedIn?

The “3rd” designation on LinkedIn means that you and the other person are third-degree connections. This means that you have no mutual friends.

4. What is LinkedIn InMail?

LinkedIn InMail is a premium feature that allows you to send a message to someone outside of your LinkedIn connections.

You need a Premium account to use this feature unless the recipient has their inbox set to “open for all.”

5. How do I send LinkedIn InMail?

To send LinkedIn InMail, visit the profile

of the person you want to message and click “Send InMail.” Then, compose your message and click “Send Message.”

6. How do I search for a job on LinkedIn?

You can search for a job on LinkedIn by visiting the LinkedIn Jobs page and entering your search criteria.

7. How do I post a job?

To post a job on LinkedIn, visit the jobs portal and select your LinkedIn company page. T

hen, enter your job details and click “Post Job.”

8. How much does it cost to post a job on LinkedIn?

It will cost you $495 USD per each job your post on LinkedIn.

9. How much does LinkedIn Premium cost?

LinkedIn Premium has four different membership tiers:

  • Job Seeker Basic: $29.99/month
  • Job Seeker: $59.99/month
  • Business Basic: $19.99/month
  • Business: $59.99/month

10. How do I block someone on LinkedIn?

To block someone on LinkedIn, visit their profile and click the ••• icon.

Then, click “Block or report.”

If someone’s violated the LinkedIn ToS, be sure to report them to protect other users.

11. How do I know if someone blocked me on LinkedIn?

If a profile is visible publicly but not when you’re logged in, they’ve likely blocked you.

12. How do I unblock someone on LinkedIn?

To unblock someone on LinkedIn, visit the LinkedIn blocking page while logged in and search for the person you want to unblock.

Then, enter their name or email address and click the unblock button.

13. How do I search LinkedIn privately?

You can search LinkedIn privately by going to your settings and clicking “Turn on/off your activity broadcasts.” Then, select “Only you” from the drop-down menu.

14. How do I see who viewed my LinkedIn profile?

To see who viewed your LinkedIn profile, you need to have a premium account. Once you do, visit your profile and click “Who’s viewed your profile.”

Groups

1. What is a LinkedIn group?

A LinkedIn group is a place where LinkedIn members with similar interests can connect, share content, and engage in discussions.

2. How do I join a LinkedIn group?

To join a LinkedIn group, visit the group page and click the “Join group” button.

Some groups may require approval from a group administrator before you can join.

3. How do I leave a LinkedIn group?

To leave a LinkedIn group, visit the group page and click the “Leave group” button.

4. How do I create a LinkedIn group?

To create a LinkedIn group, visit the LinkedIn Groups page and click the “Create a group” button.

5. How do I delete a LinkedIn group?

Only LinkedIn group administrators can delete a LinkedIn group.

To delete a LinkedIn group, visit the group page and click the “Delete group” button.

6. How do I add a member to a LinkedIn group?

Only LinkedIn group administrators can add members to a LinkedIn group.

To add a member to a LinkedIn group, visit the group page and click the “Add Members” button.

7. How do I add an administrator to a LinkedIn group?

Only LinkedIn group administrators can add other administrators to a LinkedIn group.

To add an administrator to a LinkedIn group, visit the group page and click the “Add Members” button.

8. How do I invite someone to a LinkedIn group?

To invite someone to a LinkedIn group, visit the group page and click the “Invite people to join” button.

You can invite members and non-members to join your group.

9. How do I send a LinkedIn group message?

To send a LinkedIn group message, visit the group page and click the “Message” button.

Enter your message and click “Send.”

10. How do I post in a LinkedIn group?

To post in a LinkedIn group, visit the group page and click the “Write a post” button.

Enter your post details and click “Post.”

11. How do I delete a LinkedIn group post?

To delete a LinkedIn group post, visit the post and click the ••• icon.

Then, click “Delete.”

Job Seeking & Career Development

1. How hard are LinkedIn skill assessments?

LinkedIn skill assessments are difficult, but if you prepare, you shouldn’t have any issues.

Skills assessments measure your skillset in a particular area, so the best way to prepare is to review material related to the assessment and take practice quizzes.

2. How do I pass a LinkedIn assessment?

There is no guaranteed way to pass a LinkedIn assessment. But if you prepare and take practice quizzes, you should be able to pass like any other test you took in school.

Wrapping Up

That’s our LinkedIn FAQ—quick, comprehensive, and answered by a pro (me!). If there are any questions I missed, drop them in the comments, and I’ll add answers ASAP.

Happy networking!

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