Manging LinkedIn With Two Remote jobs

Managing LinkedIn With Multiple Remote Jobs

Managing your LinkedIn account with multiple remote jobs is crucial to your success and minimizes any suspicion. The way you control your LinkedIn will depend on how comfortable you are with the information you show publicly. Here are some ways you can consider managing your LinkedIn.

Overall strategy to manage LinkedIn with two remote jobs

With two remote-jobs, your main strategies are to either 1) have an explainable job overlap or 2) don’t mention the second job at all on your resume or LinkedIn.

Either way, you will need your resume to match both LinkedIn and background checks.

Resume = LinkedIn = Background Check

The problem with LinkedIn and working two full-time jobs is that people are nosy. Your new team members and managers will want to look you up and check you out. Your new co-workers will ask to connect, you know, what a social network for “professionals” is for.

You can’t add your new job since your current company will know. On the other hand, your new teammates will be wondering why you are not updating your “new” company. Hello, social media anxiety!

LinkedIn Settings with two full time remote jobs

Do you want to have LinkedIn visible to your current job and current connections? Do you want recruiters to be able to reach out to you? Luckily, LinkedIn is quite flexible with the different levels of privacy settings to create a behavior that works for you. 

Options for a visible LinkedIn profile

Here are some settings to look out for managing your LinkedIn with two remote jobs.

Me > Account > Settings & Privacy > Visibility

  • Edit Your Public Profile – You can turn off your profile so it’s not indexed by search engines. It’s not visible to anyone that is not logged into LinkedIn.
  • Connections – This setting is the LinkedIn equivalent of hiding your friend’s list. This turns off the ability for others to see your connections. It’s a small world. This can save some headaches of having common connections talk to each other about where you are employed
  • Profile Discovery With Email – Turns off the ability for anyone to search you, even with an email.
  • Profile Discovery Using Phone Number – Turns off the ability for someone to find you with your phone number.
Managing LinkedIn With Two Remote jobs

All of the above settings help restrict your LinkedIn somewhat. It still allows LinkedIn members to search you by your name and scroll through the search results to find you. If you want to keep your account active for recruiters to contact you, this is about the best you can do.

Excuses for not updating your LinkedIn

Incase someone asks why you have not updated your LinkedIn, here are some sample excuses.

ExcuseUsage
Data Breaches and Identifiable Data“Did you hear LinkedIn was hacked recently (2021)? I am afraid of putting too much identifiable information online”

“I had my identity stolen once, I don’t want my information online unless it’s absolutely necessary. Besides, I’m not looking for a new job now”
Spam“I constantly get spam at work after software sales representative know I work for a certain company and specific position”

“I get a lot of guys adding me on LinkedIn as if it’s Tinder, I rather not be on there”
Only use LinkedIn for job search“I don’t normally use LinkedIn unless I’m actively looking for a job”
Social Media Cleanse“I’m trying to purge the use of all social Media,
I find it toxic to constantly compare with others. Everyone on LinkedIn is bragging about their jobs. I’m happy here.”

Hibernate your LinkedIn account

Hibernating is the most restrictive way to manage your LinkedIn with two remote jobs. It’s the equivalent of deleting it. What hibernating does additionally is saving your account information if you want to re-activate it later. 

How to Hibernate your LinkedIn

Me > Settings & Privacy > Account Management > Account Preferences > Change > Hibernate

With the hibernate setting, your profile won’t be visible to anyone. Current connections won’t be able to find your profile, and it will not show up in searches for anyone you are not connected with. You can choose to “re-activate” your account anytime, and all your information will be intact. 

Pros: For those working two jobs, this won’t create any suspicion since your profile is entirely hidden and un-searchable. Your new team members won’t be able to find you. 

Cons: Since your profile is entirely hidden, recruiters won’t find you for new opportunities. 

Closing thoughts on managing your LinkedIn with multiple remote jobs

Not everyone updates their LinkedIn as soon as they switch jobs. It’s common for people not to touch their LinkedIn for years after switching to a new job. Not updating your LinkedIn is fine if you’re overlapping two jobs for a short time, especially if you plan to show only years in each of your positions.

The goal is to conform to job-changing norms in a plausible manner while still maintaining access to job opportunities. You should show your primary jobs in a sequential fashion, and demonstrate career progression over a period of time. But you should turn off the connections list so people cannot see common connections while you’re double employed. Join the ongoing conversation on Discord and check out our other write-up on how employees get caught working 2x.

17 comments

  1. Sounds like good info for managing a long overlap on LinkedIn. I changed jobs and didn’t update my details for two years… But what if you want to try and permanently manage two jobs? How can you get your second employer to hire you without completing a reference check with your current employer?

    1. Once you have two jobs, hibernate or delete your linkedin account.

      Then when you need to find a new job, you will probably only have one job. So you can reactivate your linkedin account.

    2. If you are a contractor, mention your company name, list your skill keywords. Recruiters usually research your profile with keywords. Contractors are well known for always looking. So you are fine.

    3. There are lots of people out there that are discretely looking for a new job without their current employer knowing. They are up front in job interviews that they have a job but don’t want their employer knowing they are interviewing for other jobs. Provide a reference from a past job, not your current one. There are loads of other people out there that will not give a reference from their current employer, so you will be fine.

  2. Is there a step by step guide for how to do this. Do you send resumes with your name on it or use a alias?

    LinkedIn is tricky because it shows people you can connect with and you could possibly show up on someone’s feed

    I like the concept but need some brass balls. Would love to hear more

    1. Just do it.

      I did, and when I got too busy I hired someone to help me.

      Just passed work on to her, and she was very happy, a PhD. Professor.

      At one point I had two full-time and one part-time. For one I managed 15 people, the in-person meeting issue did ruffle some feathers, but was not a big deal.

      Start small and build.

      Most office workers put in about 4 hours of work per day.

  3. I have to manage my current company’s LinkedIn, but also be a recruiter via LinkedIn for my second job… since I will be a recruiter I will need to update my information to my second company. How do I go about managing both of these without them interfering?

    Is this the moment I need to just make two profiles?

    1. If I were you, I would use work email. Not personal email. If the boss asks you said you want to stay private and they can’t force you. Instead of photos, try using an avatar. If the boss ask, again said you got harassed and stalked before on your Facebook and IG 😉

  4. Excellent tips. I had no idea about the hibernate feature. There were articles saying that LinkedIn does not have a “deactivate” feature like Facebook or Instagram, but turns out it’s just named differently.

  5. What I worry about when leaving my profile open to recruiters is that a recruiter with one of the companies I work for will notice that in still open to opportunities. I guess this is an issue for anybody working a job and looking to switch he potentially can be found by w recruiter in his own company. Any good ideas for something like that?

    1. I’ve never had that happen, although it’s a valid point.
      I’ve never changed my looking for work status on Linkedin and never once had someone from my current employer say anything about that. best to be safe though?

  6. What I want to know is how to work 2 full time jobs at the same time that the employers are similar enough that they would both fire you if they found out. I was thinking not listing your past experience or current company and describing what you do as your headline only.
    I have seen some do this as well as some saying their company is “confidential.”
    Unfortunately, for the work that I do, I need LinkedIn.
    Any thoughts on this?

  7. Here’s a small LinkedIn trick: it only blasts updates to your network for *new experiences*. It doesn’t for past ones. So list new jobs with a back-date first, then update them to make them current. No alerts, and lurkers can still see what they’re looking for on your resume (and just explain away the overlap if they ask). Generally explaining an overlap for something that’s been on your resume for a long time is a lot easier than having to explain why there’s suddenly a new job on your linkedin page that got mentioned.

  8. I worked with someone who I’m sure is overemployed. He manages it by telling people he has a landscaping side-business on the weekends. On his LinkedIn profile his current position is listed as owner of the landscaping business. He tells people LinkedIn will only allow him to have 1 current job listed, so he doesn’t have our company on his LinkedIn profile at all, and nobody asks any questions. Brilliant.

  9. I’ve just gone into hibernation with my main account. Recruiters kept asking to connect while on the phone. Once I’m looking for a job I’ll reactivate. As I have to use LinkedIn for work I’ll set up a plain one for work updates.

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