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Two Places to Feature Contact Information on Your LinkedIn Profile

If you read last week’s post about what a mistake it is to omit contact information from your LinkedIn profile, you might be wondering:

“What’s the best way to show my contact information on LinkedIn — at least my email address?”

Places to Share Your Contact Information on LinkedIn

The LinkedIn user interface gives you two primary places to feature your email address:

  1. Contact and Personal Info.
  2. Your Summary.

You can get to those sections via the edit pencils pointed to in the screenshot below:

LinkedIn Email Address

Contact and Personal Information — Your Email Address

Adding your email address here is easy. Click the pencil, scroll down to Email, and enter your address.

This entry can be seen by all your first-level connections. There doesn’t appear to be any way to hide it other than not sharing it.

No other LinkedIn members can see this email address. Thus, they are forced to communicate with you via InMail unless you share your email elsewhere on your profile.

If you have an account that allows free inbound InMails, you’re fine. If you don’t, you might miss some opportunities.

Your Profile’s Summary Section

If you’re concerned about missing outreach from recruiters, or other job opportunities, then share your email address in your Summary section too.

Your call.

If you don’t want to share your email address there, I suggest you get a Premium account that lets other LinkedIn members contact you at no charge.

BTW, if you want to write a gripping LinkedIn summary, check out this post, Three Stunningly Good LinkedIn Profile Summaries, from pro, Andy Foote.

Let’s Connect on LinkedIn

Please don’t hesitate to invite me to connect on LinkedIn. The more I know about my readers, the more relevant I can make my blog.

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Updated May 2019

© 2013 – 2019, Donna Svei. All rights reserved.

Comments 7

  1. Thank you for the information. It was quite helpful!

    I have another LinkedIn question for you, if you wouldn’t mind answering it. As I was entering past job experience, affiliations, etc., some company logos “attached themselves” to my LI profile, and others – even though They showed up when I was typing in the company name – did not. Do you have any insight as to how to get a logo to show up on LI?

    Thanks very much,

    M. Jean Austin, CCMC, MS
    Founder/Owner, Talents Presented LLC

    Hi Jean,

    Thank you for your kind words. On your question, I’ve run into the same problem with logos. My Google research basically said, “LinkedIn is working on it.” If you get a better answer, or if anyone else knows a fix or a workaround, please share it!”


    May 2019 Update: Outsmart LinkedIn’s Ugly Tombstone Logo Box

  2. Donna,
    Nice piece on updating contact info. When I went to edit my LinkedIn contact info (editing the business card) it only shows an email. I’ve had no luck determining if there is another place this info (phone, bday, IM) is initially entered. I’ve concluded that my page may not be loading correct; my next step is submit a help ticket to LinkedIn. I’ve also notice several other connections only have an email. Could this be all one gets (an email) with the free package?

    Hi Rich,

    Thank you for your kind words. I don’t know the answer to your question. I’m guessing you’re right about paid versus free accounts. I hope you will circle back here and let us know if you find out anything from LinkedIn. Fortunately, it’s far more important to put your contact info in your summary than in the business card. Because the business card requires an extra click, it’s less likely to be seen.


  3. Follow up to previous post about contact info not showing up in edit mode… after doing a little digging and getting some answers from the LinkedIn support team, I found that the reason for all the contact info not being editable is that I was using IE10. When I viewed the same info on IE8 and Firefox it was all editable. The LinkedIn support team told me that LinkedIn was compatable with IE9, but I still found the same problem. Other things that did not work on IE10 included the yellow submit button on adding endorsements and the unselect individual endorsments under manage endorsements.

    That is really good to know Rich. Thank you for circling back and sharing! Donna

  4. Hi Donna, thank you so much for nice post.

    Quick question – As LinkedIn is/should professional networking site: What contact details should I put on my LinkedIn profile: Personal or Business?

  5. Hi Jovita,

    It depends on who you’re marketing. Some people use their profiles to promote their company and/or its products and services. They should use their work email.

    If you use your profile to benefit your career (recommended), then use a personal email address.

    Kind regards,


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