Multiple Languages: How Does LinkedIn Behave?

by Jan & Bert

Last week we already reported that LinkedIn's user interface now also is available in Dutch and Czech.

That raised the question for many Dutch speaking people how this would affect them and the people interacting with them.

How does this work?

  1. Situation 1: the person you are looking for has a Profile in one language. You will see that Profile no matter which user interface you use yourself.
  2. Situation 2: the other person has a Profile in several languages (for example French as primary language and Dutch as second language).
    – If you use the French user interface you will by default see the French Profile. You can switch to the Dutch Profile on the top of the page.
    – If you use the Dutch user interface, you will by default see the Dutch Profile. You can switch to the French Profile.
    – If you use another language as user interface, you will by default see the French Profile. You can switch to the Dutch Profile.

Remark: not many people are aware of how this works and don't know they can look at people's Profiles in other languages.

Tips to deal with this potential issue:

  1. Make sure you have a Profile in all the languages you are doing business in !
  2. Many people still use the English user interface. English is also still the international business language. So it might be beneficial to always have a Profile in English, unless you never have professional contacts outside your non-English speaking country/region.

To your success !

Jan and Bert

PS: more tips about the behavior of LinkedIn can be found in "Chapter 20: Little Known, But Interesting Features and Behavior of LinkedIn" of the book "How to REALLY use LinkedIn". You can download it for FREE!

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