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I started working with a mature and a big US based company a month ago. It seems promising. I am a fresh graduate, and I have been preparing myself to join this work force for the past years: Education, Profiles, References.. etc.

I just received a connect request via LinkedIn from the main HR person here.

I was wondering, are there any disadvantages when giving HR access to see my changes/updates? And what are some of the advantages of this so I can work on benefit from it?

  • It would depend on what kind of updates. There's the "I'm clearly looking for a new job" kind of updates, then there's the "Wow, that's amazing" kind of updates. Also note there's a setting to disable profile updates being sent to your connections. – Dukeling Jan 15 '18 at 15:06
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I was wondering, are there any disadvantages when giving HR access to see my changes/updates?

I would accept the request, as it will seem odd or as if your hiding something if you don't.

Before you do this, make sure you turn off the setting that publishes notifications (updates) to your connections. This way if you wish to accept a connection request from a recruiter down the road, you HR person will not be notified.

And what are some of the advantages of this so I can work on benefit from it?

Opinions will vary here about the usefulness of LinkedIn. For me its been a very valuable tool in regards to keeping current with former colleagues and gauging the value of my skill-set. As you progress in your career, most likely future jobs will be obtained through networking, which is one of the main purposes of LinkedIn.

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