Dear Linkedin:

For years I have been asking you to fix your LIVE editing format that allows users to first preview what they write before publishing content. It has fallen on deaf ears. Just today I was perusing a professional’s profile and found misspelled words. As a resume writer, this irks me. Typos and misspellings are never good in any form of marketing.

Because of your user agreement, professional resume writers and Linkedin advisors are not allowed to go into someone else’s Linkedin account (even with their permission). I understand why, but can we come up with a solution? Because the current system isn’t working so well.

WordPress is a perfect example of how to set up accounts for multiple users with various permissions. I have asked your company to do the same. My clients want their profiles to look great, so why not allow them to set up a second user account with limited access? The password and sign-on can even have an expiration date of say, 30 days. I don’t need access to a client’s inmail, or even their connections. Nor do I want publishing privileges. But let’s face it. A lot of busy professionals just don’t have the time to set up a Linkedin account any more than they would sit down and create their own company website. And it’s not in their best interest to do so.

So please, hear me out. Now that Microsoft owns you, I know there are plenty of intelligent people in the firm to make this happen. Give your members a chance to have a polished Linkedin Profile, created by a professional, that doesn’t require “cutting and pasting” from a text document and a long list of instructions. Let us in to do the job in preview only mode, so the account owner can look it over and publish it when, and only when it’s perfect. It will make everyone look better. Including your company.

Susan Geary, CMRW