How To Let Recruiters Know You’re Open To A New Job Using LinkedIn
I was working with Tim, a 57-year-old career counseling client, and we were creating his LinkedIn profile. He was surprised when I mentioned that you could turn on a feature that would allow recruiters to find you and be alerted that you are open to new job opportunities. I assumed that he was only one of a few who might not know how to use this LinkedIn feature, yet three days later I had another Baby Boomer client who was crafting her LinkedIn Profile, and that client was also surprised that LinkedIn had this feature. Although it’s not brand new to the LinkedIn platform, you don’t want to miss out on the benefits of the “open to opportunities” option that LinkedIn offers to its users.
If you are open to a new opportunity you are going to want to alert recruiters to your current “open to opportunities” status. This LinkedIn feature “hides” your signal from your current employer (or from LinkedIn users who do not use the LinkedIn Recruiter Account). That’s why this feature is a valuable one to use; it works “behind the scenes”.
According to LinkedIn, 94% of recruiters search LinkedIn for job candidates. 94%. They want to find you, and by using this feature, you will enable recruiters to locate you quickly and easily.
Turn On Your Notice to Recruiters
To let recruiters know you are ready for new opportunities, you must turn on your “open to opportunities” signal. After you create a LinkedIn account, focus on creating a well-written, professional and appealing profile.
To start, click the “Jobs” tab on the toolbar. When the “Jobs” window opens, select “Preferences” at the top of the page. When the window opens, you will see a slide button. Simply tap the button to move it to the “On” position and fill out the short questions about your new job preferences. For example, you can list five job titles. Pick the accurate title that you are currently seeking. For my client who has been a Sales Rep, we listed Sales Manager, Software Sales Manager and also Technology Sales Manager, as all three are appropriate job titles that align with his search criteria.
Next, many recruiters search by location, so consider which geographical locations you may wish to work in. Do not narrow your geographical preferences to, for example, a small suburb; instead, use the nearby city as your target area. If you are willing to relocate, indicate which cities you would consider relocating to. If you are looking for work solely in the U.S., indicate U.S.
Next, choose which types of positions you are open to, i.e. full-time, remote, etc., by checking the appropriate box.
Limitation of the feature and a way around it
One thing to understand is that the “open to opportunities” feature is only seen by recruiters who are LinkedIn Recruiter subscribers. That means that many smaller companies and recruiting firms may not receive your signal. (LinkedIn Recruiter is a fairly pricey option, so it’s possible some smaller companies do not have LinkedIn Recruiter accounts).
One option in order to reach a wider LinkedIn audience is to broaden your visibility to all LinkedIn users. Go to the right side of your Profile. You will see a heading that says, “Edit public profile & URL.” Click on that and scroll down to the “Your profile’s public visibility” section. Here you want to select “Public” and then turn on all the sections below to “Show.” By doing this, you enable more recruiters who are searching using search engines such as Google or Bing to find you.
First impressions are important to everyone, especially to potential employers. Therefore, your LinkedIn Profile needs to be current and reflect an excellent personal brand, providing a potential employer with the best possible impression of you as a candidate. Update your LinkedIn Profile. Make sure your picture looks professional and is of high quality. Be sure your headline outlines the jobs you are seeking and not the “default” of your current job title. Do not copy your resume into the experience section; instead, point out a few key highlights of your professional experience and emphasize the results you’ve achieved. List skills! The recruiter will actively look at this section to determine if you have the needed abilities to perform a given job. Ask for some colleagues to endorse your skills. Be sure to ask for a written recommendation from a few colleagues that outline how you excel on the job. List any extracurricular achievements that you have accomplished, and any professional organizations that you belong to; these experiences make for a well-rounded and interesting candidate.
Finally, be sure your contact information, email and cell number are listed and correct so recruiters can easily reach you.