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.

45 comments

  1. I am in the process of applying to other tech recruiting jobs as my secondary.

    In preparation; I have already created a secondary profile and made necessary edits and even changed my name slightly (Thank god for my parents giving me a Hyphenated Last Name). However my only concern is whether or not LinkedIn will have an issue with me having to LinkedIn Recruiter Accounts for two separate profiles.

    Keep in mind I am using two separate emails, same phone number (maybe invest in a second phone number).

    Thoughts??

    1. This approach seems solid. You can get another number through google voice.

  2. I have overlap between two jobs for 4 months – I just wanted to make sure that my new job is a good fit before quitting my old job.
    Any ideas on how I can hide the join date for the new job?

    1. You can show only years (no month) if you want: in the month drop-down, just select “month”.

  3. I edited all my public info months ago not realizing that if anyone searches you by name your entire profile will display. I’ve held 2 FT jobs for 2 years now. I changed jobs in October and updated my LI , thinking that will only be visible to connections. I ended up creating a second LinkedIn profile just to make sure. After seeing that my profile was public to any LI member who searches me by name I put my account in hibernate. My employers are not in a conflict of interest they are in different industries. Job 1 is lower level and job 2 is higher.

    Is there no other option? Regardless of what I do it was showing my current employer. Right now I am in hibernate. I do not see any other way around this please help

    1. I picked up J2 and left LinkedIn alone, so it looks like I am still at J1 (well, I am…). My story is very simple: “I haven’t updated LinkedIn.” I’m applying to new jobs now with a resume that shows I stopped J1 and started J2. So far, so good. Will let you know when I hit the background check if I have any challenges related to J1. I’m not going to bring it up unless they do, though.

      For your situation, you might consider doing the same: revert to your J1 (whichever you had first) as your current employment and leave J2 off. You’re not required to update your LinkedIn. If anything, that should make your J2 people more comfortable that you’re not looking. Make sure “share updates with your network” is off.

  4. I work for small companies. Couldn’t I just block the 7 employees that I don’t want to see my profile at this time?

  5. Great article and great comments here. Good to see a community gathered to help work through this.

    Not sure I agree that LinkedIn needs to be consistent with the resume, but I’ll know more soon. I’ve updated my resume with Job 2 and left LinkedIn alone. This got me into full interviews for another position (I didn’t make the cut), but the recruiter seemed satisfied with my explanation that I simply hadn’t updated my LinkedIn, and that the resume reflected my current experience.

    I DID put an end date on Job 1 on the resume so there would be no advertised overlap; if the background check had shown I was still on the payroll there, I would have said I was still on a W2 with them because they hadn’t found my replacement yet, so I was still doing some work for them. The key is not lying no matter how much they press you. Understand that it’s really none of their business whether you moonlight, unless they have a policy against it (and even in that case, the only legitimate limitations would be related to moonlighting for competitors, customers and suppliers). And if you get to the background check stage, that means they want you, so I wouldn’t expect them to dig, and you shouldn’t let them. Just politely redirect and stick to your story. Repeat after me:

    — I am compliant with all company policies, including those related to moonlighting.
    — Moonlighting in another industry gives me valuable experience and keeps me sharp (this has absolutely been the case for me, BTW).
    — I haven’t updated my LinkedIn (lots of reasons for this here and in the comments). My favorite? “I haven’t updated it.” Less is more.

  6. I’m currently in HR but not in Talent Acquisition on job 1. However, I just picked up job 2 working as a Sourcer contractor and need to figure out how to use LI by not allowing job 1 to know about job 2. LI is required for job 2 to be successful but I’m connected with over 300 employees at job 1 via LI including several VP’s.

    1. Wow, you’re really in a pickle. Thinking out loud here…

      Is your name common enough that there might be several of you? Maybe you can create a plausible LinkedIn alter ego for Job 2, and pare your original profile back to something that looks “under construction” like an old-school myspace page — Just job 1 and your undergrad institution, no dates, with both names hand-jammed in there (don’t pick anything from the drop down), and remove the profile picture. If anyone connected to Job 2 asks which profile is right, say you lost the password for the bare bones one so you had to create another. If anyone from your Job 1 circle of concern asks about the job 2 profile, tell them you don’t know the other person.

      The job 2 profile might have to be a little light on personal background, too—just the current job and a different school (say if you have an MBA or took a Harvard online class). Use something Job 2-related for the profile picture (“I get too many creepers, so I can’t put my pic online anymore”) and also for the banner. Then just like and share the shit of everything your new company posts—that will take up space not occupied by your background, and gives you cover if someone says you aren’t utilizing LinkedIn effectively (“it’s not about ME, it’s about the company which I love so damn much”). Build a network quickly by connecting with a ton of people at your new workplace plus LinkedIn influencers in your field—it won’t take long. If you go with the “too many creepers” excuse for not having a profile pic, this is a good cover for your old profile (“I let it go inactive because of too many creepers” — you can’t disavow it entirely, but it’s advantageous for you to leave it out there as a magnet for people from your current job who want to connect, not to mention your Job 1 network).

      Will think about it more. This is a tough one.

      Good luck!

  7. I am having 2 jobs and one of them needs linked in and they are pretty active on there. I was thinking block everyone from the current job and carry on using it as normal bit on most private settings. Any thoughts?

    1. Hi Miranda. Not an expert in any of this. Maybe try messing with your privacy settings per person? Limiting what they can see and can’t. It might be more explanable than blocking. I did that with my family long ago when I still had FB. I just had some people auto blocked for nearly everything.

  8. Wondering if anyone experiences the second job uses the same benefit retirement management company such as Fidelity ?

    1. No, but both of my jobs used the same payroll processor for a few months until one switched, and no one cares. It’s quite common for people to have multiple 401ks from multiple employers (past and present). No one is trying to connect those dots. Just be sure to read the article here about 401k contributions (can’t exceed the annual total for an individual).

      Many other shared services exist that are designed to accommodate multiple organizations, even if the designers didn’t anticipate overemployment per se. You can (and most will) have multiple Office 365 accounts, and you can use them all on the same >>personal<< mobile device fine. I mentioned payroll. Insurance is another. I was paranoid, too, and it's true that only the paranoid survive, but no 3rd party is doing analytics looking for overemployment.

  9. My company uses LinkedIn Sales Navigator. Because of this, LI won’t let me hibernate or close my account unless my work admin removes me from their Sales Nav account. Any ideas of how to manage this?

    1. Contact LinkedIn support and say you want to hibernate and need nav disconnected, for security purposes. They will remove nav for you

    2. Could you just not use it? Have it active but just not use it? Curious as I think I may be in a similar situation soon.

    3. Did you find an answer to this? I also am in a similar situation with Sales Nav and don’t want an alert coming across my boss’s desk about getting removed.

    4. Good suggestions here. You could also hide it in plain sight by paring it down to nothing and removing your profile pic. Create a different account for Job 2 if you need to (especially if you have a common name). Good luck!

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

    1. If I’m not mistaken, you can turn off those updates or update your settings to ask for confirmation. My LI always asks whether I want to inform my network (never, ever).

  13. 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?

    1. I think someone mentioned something relating to this earlier but laying low and not making waves is your best way to stay under radar. I had an employee who continued to ask off a crazy number of days during probation/first three months on the job for “religious reasons” and was very inflexible for planned new hire activities although could not provide proof of the requirement for the specific days he needed off. It seemed very suspicious to me and so I pulled out their application and looked at their previous employer, who happened to be a direct competitor. I decided to check if they were still employed as I couldn’t understand this request but could see it would make sense if still working at his prior employer. Sure enough, I made one simple call to the employer’s main company phone number and asked the receptionist if I could speak to the individual. They told me that the “employee” was out on “leave” and currently not available. I confronted the individual and terminated them on the basis of conflict of interest. It was the only time I have investigated the ridged availability from a probationary / new employee. It is somewhat assumed there may be some overlap due to employee’s wanting to get paid out for unused vacation so there is not a big deal about that and easily explainable.

    2. You might be able to pull this off with two separate profiles as another poster suggested in a comment.

      If the companies are competitors you may be on shaky ground legally, so tread carefully. I’m all about sticking it to the man, but I refuse to do anything unethical. From what little you shared, it sounds like the karmic and legal just deserts could jeopardize future employment.

  14. 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?

    2. OMG Dead! Same thing I was wondering about yesterday that what if one of the agencies connected me with my current employer lol

    3. I think you have loads of room for plausible deniability here. “Oh, it says I’m open to opportunities? Had no idea. How do you even change that?” This is harder to swallow if you have an #opentowork profile picture frame.

      If you want to put it back on the other person, it’s also totally valid to fire back with “Gee, creep much?” After decades of seeking to be agreeable and personable, I’ve become a proponent of putting people on the defensive. You’d be amazed how quickly they become apologetic and back off.

  15. 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.

  16. 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 😉

    2. I second this, use the second page as an opportunity to promote the company, using only company info, logos, etc. This is basically “branding”. Also create a work email if you can that doesn’t involve your name directly. Your reason? Your personal life on social media is on lock down for security reasons. I put mine on lock down because my EX is a horrible human and his attorney is trying every terrible tactic using my social media as support to their claims. Ugh

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.