I came across an old LinkedIn account that I created back in law school. It was incomplete and as you can see, not very impressive.
The problem was that I didn’t have access to the email I used when I created it (email address from school). I contacted LinkedIn and they removed the account. You can see the steps I took below.
Why is closing your duplicate account important?
As an attorney, you have an ethical obligation to avoid false or misleading communications about your services. A LinkedIn profile with the wrong firm name is both.
Not only is it unethical, but it is also potentially confusing to a prospective client, or potentially damaging to your brand.
When I realized I couldn’t get into the account, I emailed LinkedIn to ask for their help. You can email LinkedIn here and see the email I wrote below.
Hi, I found a duplicate account that I created in law school. You can see the profile here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ginny-allen-4b64911. I am emailing to ask you to delete this account. Please let me know if you need additional information.
I included a link to the profile I wanted deleted. (See the red arrow in the image below.)
LinkedIn immediately emailed confirmation that they had received my request.
Within 4 hours, LinkedIn had emailed me back to let me know they had closed the duplicate account.
How do you know if you have a duplicate account?
Search for your name in the LinkedIn search bar. (See red arrow below.) Check the search results for your duplicate profiles.
If you find a duplicate profile, take a few minutes to get it straightened out by following the steps in this post. If you have an assistant who helps you with administrative work, you can send him or her your LinkedIn login information so he or she can do it for you.