Your LinkedIn profile says a lot about you, both personally and professionally, and you can do it in multiple languages. For example, if the main language of your LinkedIn profile is English, you can also display your profile in other languages, such as French, German or Arabic.
In this article, you will learn about this little-known multilingual LinkedIn profile feature, how it works, and how to create your LinkedIn profile in multiple languages ranging from Arabic to Turkish.
How the “Add a profile in another language” feature works
The primary language of your LinkedIn profile is the language you used to create your LinkedIn account. Note, however, that this language may differ from the language of your interface.
With the Add profile in another language feature, you can easily replicate your LinkedIn profile in as many other languages as supported. Once set up, LinkedIn members can view your profile in their preferred language, as long as it matches one of your additional profile languages. Otherwise, they can only see your profile in your primary language.
You are only allowed to have one profile per language. And while there’s currently no setting that lets you directly change your primary profile language, there’s a simple workaround for that. We’ll show you how in a moment.
How to Duplicate Your LinkedIn Profile in Multiple Languages
You can only set up your LinkedIn profile in multiple languages using a computer, and it’s simple to do.
Go to LinkedIn, click on the Me button at the top right of your screen, then click See profile. Click on the Me again to retract the drop-down menu.
Now click on Add a profile in another language and click the drop-down button under New profile language to choose your new language.
Select your new language from the drop-down list. There are over 20 languages to choose from. Enter your first and last name in the space provided. If you have a French spelling of your name, for example, you can use that to further differentiate this profile from your English profile.
You also have the option of writing your LinkedIn title. You can simply copy and translate your current title, or write something unique and compelling for your new profile. Click on Create a profile when you’re done, then click Ended finalize.
Your new profile will now be reflected on your LinkedIn page. To access it, just click on the Me button, click See profileclick on the Me again to retract the drop-down menu, then click on the new language.
It will be displayed side by side with your other profiles so you can easily switch profiles from one language to another. You can independently edit each of your profiles, regardless of language.
To add more languages, click MeClick on See profilethen click Me again. Now click on the globe icon on the right of the page, click on the Add a profile in another language and repeat the above steps.
To delete a LinkedIn profile in another language, simply go to the language in question, click on Xthen click Remove. Note that all information on the deleted LinkedIn profile will be lost, you may want to save some important data before deleting it.
How to change the primary language of your LinkedIn profile
LinkedIn only allows one profile per language and there is no direct way to change the language of your main profile. Here’s what to do instead if you want to change the language of your primary LinkedIn profile.
Scenario 1: You have a profile and want to change its primary language
If your profile’s primary language is English, for example, and you want to change it to another language, like French, without adding a second profile in another language, here’s what you need to do.
Go to your LinkedIn profile, click on the Me button, click See profileand click on Add a profile in another language. Click on To chooseselect English like New profile language then select the desired language as Existing profile language. Complete the rest of the form and your primary profile language will change to your new language.
Scenario 2: You have several profiles and want to change the language of your main profile
If you already have profiles in other languages but want to change the language of your primary profile, simply delete all other secondary profiles, leaving only your primary profile. Then repeat the steps in Scenario 1 above to change your primary profile language.
What happens after I create LinkedIn profiles in other languages?
After creating additional LinkedIn profiles in other languages, you will notice that they are all identical copies of your main LinkedIn profile except for the language. Other LinkedIn members can also view your profile in all of these other languages. They will be prompted to select the language in which they want to view your profile when they load the page.
It’s one of the many ways to expand and diversify your LinkedIn network. It can also increase your chances of landing a job by increasing the number of jobs you qualify for, as well as showing that you are multilingual, if needed. You will also appear in search results if members search in one of the languages in which you have a LinkedIn profile.
Let your LinkedIn profile speak your language
Having your LinkedIn profile listed in different languages that you speak can open new doors for you professionally. Follow the steps in this article to replicate your LinkedIn profile in other languages. If, in the end, you decide otherwise, simply delete all other secondary profiles with a few clicks and keep your main LinkedIn profile. It’s one of the many ways to make your LinkedIn profile stand out from the crowd. We’ve also covered different steps you can take to further optimize your LinkedIn profile.
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