LinkedIn Profile PlagiarismI’ve written about LinkedIn profile plagiarism in the past. It’s still very much a hot topic and I often get emails from people with additional questions. The most popular question is: what do you do when a coworker plagiarizes your LinkedIn profile?
It’s one thing when the person who takes your work is a stranger, it’s an entirely different matter when it’s someone you know and work alongside. So what do you do when a coworker plagiarizes your LinkedIn Profile? Read on for 4 different strategies to deal with this professional breach:
I read your article on this subject.
But what if the plagiarizer is someone you know, and even like!
Yes, you guessed it, a former coworker plagiarized my LinkedIn Profile!
Worse yet, we have 135 people in common!
Without sounding snobbish, I know that people who know both of us, would know that this isn’t her writing or her personality.
And ideas how to handle this?
What to do When a Coworker Plagiarizes Your LinkedIn Profile
It’s a much touchier situation when a former coworker plagiarizes your LinkedIn Profile. Here are a couple of ideas:
- Write her a new summary/experience and give it to her as a gift
- Change your LinkedIn profile so it’s EVEN BETTER – heck, hire us to write your LinkedIn profile so it’s beyond impressive!
- Approach her and let her know that you are hurt she took your words. Tell her that you would appreciate it if she would change her profile. Here’s a script you can use:
“Hey Susie, this is hard for me but it’s something that I need to speak to you about. I was on LinkedIn the other day and I saw your LinkedIn profile. There were large sections that were copied and pasted from MY LinkedIn profile. I worked really hard to get the right message across and it upsets me that you used my original content on your LinkedIn profile. Can you be a doll and remove my writing from your LinkedIn profile?”
- Let it go. Maybe no one will notice. Put your energy into something else. Smile. Love. Help somebody be better.
Whatever way you go, I wish you the very best of luck. This is a tough situation to be in but I am sure you will do what’s right for you.
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