A few weeks ago I was contacted by an individual who understood the importance of social media and wanted to improve their LinkedIn professional profile for their impending job search. The individual, however, had set-up their account using their corporate email to which they no longer had access.
After contacting their previous employer and resetting their LinkedIn password, my client finally had access to their account. While it caused a slight delay and headache, my client was fortunate the previous employer still had access to the old email address.
My client could have lost complete access to their account – and there is nothing that LinkedIn could do to assist due to privacy. The account would been held in LinkedIn purgatory.
Moral of the story: Have two email addresses connected to your LinkedIn account.
Adding a second email address will ensure that you never lose access to your account. A good suggestion is to use a personal email address as well as a professional email address.
To view the emails associated with your LinkedIn account:
1. Click your name in the top-right hand corner
2. Click “Settings”
3. Click Primary Email “Change/Add”
4. Add another (or two) email addresses to your account
5. Confirm the new emails
Adding two emails will ensure that you always have access to your LinkedIn professional profile.