If you have a basic or a low-paid account on LinkedIn, you can't see the full names of people who are your third level connections. You can't see the names of people outside your network. In LinkedIn Recruiter, which is the solution for corporations, you can see all names.

I didn't realize up till I was at the #sourceIn event yesterday at the LinkedIn HQ in Mountain View, that agencies with the top solution wouldn't see the names either. Now, LinkedIn has decided to open up the names to agencies as well. GREAT! It should be available soon. (They also have some really cool features coming up in the Talent Pipeline.)

However, if you don't have that advanced type of account or don't want to wait until the new feature is implemented for agencies, here is what you can do.


(1) Go to the profile in question.

(2) Share it, using the share function, with someone you know who's OK with it, or with me. (We need to be connected for that; I am gladly accepting all invitations.)

(3) Look for the message you had just sent, in your "Sent Items" under Inbox.

(4) In your message, see the link to the profile with the name that you couldn't see? Click on it.

There's no need to have a paid account for it to work. It works in exactly 100% of all cases.

 (Read more posts on my blog.)

ADDITIONAL INFO. Added on 9/17/2012

Some people can no longer see the "share" link as on the screenshot above. Here is a workaround.

  1. Look at the profile in question and copy its LinkedIn ID (a large number in the URL)
  2. Start sharing a profile that you can share (such as your connection, or share my profile)
  3. Paste this ID into your sharing dialog (in case of my profile the number to replace is 1769200)

This works just like before. Of course it's a bit more mouse and key clicks but it works. 

Also you get to see a link to the person's public profile if it exists and that one will give you even more info in some cases.

Or, just use this link. Here is the exact link that should work (paste the LinkedIn ID where it says so):


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Comment by Bill Schultz on September 10, 2012 at 2:24pm

Good tip, Irina.  Saw you at the Linkedin Event.  You asked very insightful questions, 50% of which I understood. ;)

Comment by Christopher Perez on September 11, 2012 at 7:25am

That is a great tip, Irina. I just sent you a LI connection request. I'll say publicly what I said in that invitation-- I appreciate the value you contribute to the recruiting and sourcing communities. Thanks again.   Chris

Comment by sheila Greco on September 11, 2012 at 7:26am

Irina thank you for the tip! I am going to be sharing this with my team.

Comment by Ellen Clark on September 11, 2012 at 8:49am

Thanks again for a great tip!

Comment by Nick Lagos on September 11, 2012 at 9:41am

Oh... That Is SWEET!  I have a paid business account and I still don't always get first & last name.  Interesting, when I just tried it, I didn't even have to go to my "sent mail".  Profile just re-populated my screen (Linkedin: your message was successfully sent message) WITH last name now included.

Thanks Irina !

Comment by Chuck Klein on September 11, 2012 at 11:19am

Good tip.  There are also ways to use Google to uncover names hidden by Linkedin.

Comment by John Huenecke on September 11, 2012 at 1:06pm

Great tips, Irinia.  I'll definitely be sharing this with my team.

Thanks again!

Comment by StaffingStarr on September 11, 2012 at 6:51pm

This only worked if it was a 3rd level connection, but not if it was a private "Linked In Member" profile as shown above... Am I doing something wrong?

Comment by Irina Shamaeva on September 11, 2012 at 8:15pm

Hi Denise,

Do you get the share function on out-of-network as on the screenshot above?

It should work exactly the same. Irina

Comment by Matt on September 17, 2012 at 2:26pm

Irina, I have a business plus account. I have used this technique for quite some time. I noticed about 4 weeks ago that it no longer worked. See the screenshot. The pop up does not give me an option to share this with a LinkedIn acquaintance.  Any ideas? 

Here is the screenshot link


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