How to Manage Multiple LinkedIn Accounts
In the professional world, LinkedIn offers the best way to meet genuine customers and clients related to your field. But if you have work in two or more different fields then you will have different contacts in both areas. Also, if you have both a job which satiates your financial needs and are an entrepreneur to satiate your creative need then you might want to keep these respective fields separate. In this case you might be tempted to create two or more different accounts in LinkedIn. If you are wondering how to manage multiple LinkedIn accounts then keep reading this oneHOWTO article.
Is it okay to have multiple LinkedIn accounts?
The End User Agreement of LinkedIn clearly mentions that a user cannot have multiple profiles in LinkedIn.
So, the answer is “No, you can't manage multiple or more than one account in LinkedIn”. IF you have multiple accounts and another user reports you, LinkedIn has the right to shut down all your accounts without further notice. This means you cannot have two or three profiles with the same username and password, depicting yourself in different job fields or disciplines.
However, you can have a personal profile and create a Company Profile and use it as a Freelancer page, devoted only to one area of expertise, while using your personal profile for all other skills.
What should I do if I have multiple LinkedIn Accounts?
Since managing multiple accounts is not allowed, you need to choose one of the jobs or profiles which could get greater leverage through LinkedIn. In the headline, only mention the job you have chosen. Mentioning two different jobs in a headline can confuse people. Also remember that despite not being able to mentioned to jobs in your headline, you can add it to your actual profile as current work. There are no rules as to how many jobs you can be doing at one time.
If you want to find a job though LinkedIn without your boss knowing, we advise you to use the LinkedIn Job Search app, as no updates are sent to your LinkedIn contacts. Also check your Privacy settings to make sure you know what type of updates are being posted on your profile and who can view them.
How to merge or close two or more LinkedIn accounts?
If you have multiple LinkedIn accounts and are worried that they may be banned, you can merge both accounts into one. This will not result in any loss of data and all your contacts from your previous multiple accounts would be merged together into one cohesive account. To merge multiple LinkedIn account, fill the form in this link:
If you want to delete one or more of your accounts then:
- sign into the account you want to close.
- Select “Privacy & Settings”.
- Select the “Account” tab.
- Scroll down to the “Subscriptions” section and click “Change” next to Closing your account.
- Follow the prompt to close the account.
- Within 48 hours, the account would be closed completely.
How to manage multiple LinkedIn accounts?
If you are convinced that you need more than one account on LinkedIn despite the rules and regulations of the site and want to manage them, there are some apps that can help you.
There are many apps available which can take care of your browser’s fingerprint. By using these apps you can manage multiple accounts in LinkedIn without getting them restricted or banned. You can log in from the same machine and yet these apps make it seem that they are being logged in from different computers at different locations.
What you can do is manage another person's LinkedIn account, that is to say, manage a different profile from your personal account. This is useful for example, if you are a Community Manager and need to manage LinkedIn accounts of several people in your company.
In this case, you can add as many LinkedIn accounts to Hootsuite, as long as you know the username and password for each account. Another well-known application which can help you manage several accounts is SocialOomph, this application directly allows you to create several different profile accounts free of charge.
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- We advise you to contact LinkedIn management directly if there is an exceptional situation which we haven't answered in this article.