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LinkedIn Maintenance: Do This Right Now (or else?)

July 17th, 2008
I just updated the instructions which changed sometime between Feb and Nov 2012.  Click here to see how to easily backup your LinkedIn Profile and Recommendations, and DO IT TODAY!

I got an e-mail from Susan Ireland, at the Job Lounge.  She asked me if I knew anything about LinkedIn deleting people’s accounts… I’ve heard a little about this, but mostly just hand-slapping for looking like spammers.  Getting an account deleted can be a huge problem, especially as you use LinkedIn more.

She writes about it here (I can almost hear a tear drop on her keyboard as I read it… ouch!!!).

The two issues are (1) why she was deleted, and (2) what LinkedIn can/will do about it.  I have no idea why she was deleted, and apparently she doesn’t either.  As far as she knows, she wasn’t doing anything wrong with her LinkedIn account, or LinkedIn connections.  As far as what LinkedIn can or will do, here is their response:

“At this time we do not have a recommended back up system for your account. Once something has been deleted there is not a back up at this time to recover any information. …One thing you can do is copy your profile information and save it as a word document so that you will always have it on your computer.”

Not very comforting, is it?

Here are two absolute must-do’s, right now, on LinkedIn – and they will take less time than it takes to read this blog post (so do it now!): NEW INSTRUCTIONS HERE

  1. Export your contacts. Simply click on Contacts, scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click on Export Connections, and follow that process.  Just leave everything at default and you’ll end up with your connections in a .csv file, which opens in Excel.
  2. Export your profile. You’ve probably put a fair amount of thought into creating your profile, right?  What about any references you have gotten?  Simply click on Profile, then find the grayed-out icons above your name, and click on the adobe pdf icon.  This exports your profile, including recommendations, into a very nice, presentable document (kudos to whoever at LinkedIn did that formatting, it is very well-done!).  Here’s an image of where the icon is:

These are the two most important things for me to grab, if I knew my LinkedIn account might go away.  (1) Who I connected with, which includes e-mail addresses very every single contact, (2) my recommendations  (I can always rethink and recreate a profile, but those recommendations are priceless!).

Please, don’t even take 2 seconds to comment on this post, just head on over to LinkedIn and do this very easy, very quick maintenance!

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66 Responses to “LinkedIn Maintenance: Do This Right Now (or else?)”

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  8. praveen says:

    It’s really wonderful suggestion, as you suggested the backup for Profile & contacts, Is there any way to take backup for my Groups, Inbox & application too……

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  10. [...] Jason also blogs frequently about LinkedIn on his JibberJobber blog. I want to pass along one of his important quick tips – download and export your LinkedIn profile as a PDF so you can back it up. You never know what may happen. Jason explains how in LinkedIn Maintenance: Do This Right Now (or else?). [...]

  11. reinkefj says:

    That picture isn’t accurate any more. The PDF icon in off to the right now. FWIW,
    [the big fat old turkey hissel

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  13. Grant Cooper says:

    I just followed the easy steps & backed up my LinkedIn Contacts & Profile. Jason once again is totally generous in giving away free & essential information. He has helped so many people in so many ways… Thank you!

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