Anonymous or Full Disclosure on LinkedIn?

A few weeks back I wrote a piece on stalking on LinkedIn. It really gave me pause, thinking about how it looks to have all these so called “anonymous” people viewing a profile. And it creeped me out enough that I knew I didn’t want to be some kind of creeper too. So, I made the decision that full disclosure and the ramifications of it would be something I would prefer to deal with.

So I did it – pretty easy – you just check a box…Screen Shot 2013-08-23 at 1.24.51 PM

And I got ready. Ready for all the potential candidates I peruse to start hitting me up with questions about why I was viewing their profile. I prepared for the worst.

But, I was wrong. Instead of getting slammed with inquiries or even downright nastiness, instead I got people wanting to connect. And they were really

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great people to connect too – they might not be the perfect candidate right now, but 95% of them will be at some point. And they’re reaching out to me….just because I viewed their profile.

Weird huh? Almost like LinkedIn gave us an easy button. Try it, you might find that you really, really like it!

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Kelly Dingee
Kelly Dingee is a Senior Manager, Global Talent Acquisition for Marriott International. She has extensive sourcing experience having worked for Staffing Advisors (retained search), AIRS (training!) and Thales Communications, Inc., (cleared/telecom) and got her start in the profession while a full life cycle recruiter at Acterna (now known as Viavi). Lucky for Kelly, she had a boss who could see the potential of sourcing candidates from the web, and in 1998, she stepped into a newly created sourcing role. No truth to the rumor that she has a side business to help you push your resume to the top of Google search results…


  1. kd says:

    Kelly –

    Same thing on my end – great people turning around and wanting to connect.

    Congrats on making the move!!


  2. Steve Boese
    Steve Boese says:

    I agree – that anonymous stalking is creepy. Although repeated stalking by a named account I suppose is equally creepy.

  3. Pete Radloff says:


    Great piece, and kudos for being bold doing it. But in a Sourcer’s World, stealth is sometimes the key. I’ve always had it display and have found that people like to know who’s looking at them. On my end, I always like to see it too – is there someone I should be talking to, etc?

    Good on your for diving in Kelly.

  4. Colin Dunn says:

    The only time I would want to be in ‘stealth’ mode is if I was working on a research or talent-mapping project, where i’d be concentrating on maybe one or two organisations.

    Otherwise, I’m happy for people to know that I’m interested in them!

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