How many articles have you read that say having an updated LinkedIn profile is a must-have for job hunters? Approximately 736?
It’s for good reason! Your LinkedIn page is a great way for potential employers to learn a little more about your experience, connect you to others in your industry, and have colleagues give you references. But it can feel like a major waste of time when no one is looking at your profile and when you never hear from recruiters. Seriously, you keep your profile up to date and have been on LinkedIn for years and have you ever been contacted by a recruiter for a job that actually sounds promising? Probably not. Well, your perfect profile is about to finally pay off with LinkedIn’s newest feature.
You can now alert recruiters, privately of course, that you are looking for a new job or are open to a switch if the right opportunity arises. We’re pretty sure recruiters love this tool too as they are probably tired of reaching out to candidates who have no interest in changing companies.
Job searching just got a whole lot easier thanks to LinkedIn.
“Open Candidates” allows you to specify the types of companies and roles you are most interested in and allows you to be easily found by the hundreds of thousands of recruiters who use LinkedIn. “Open Candidates” is accessible from the “Preferences” tab on the LinkedIn Jobs homepage. To enable the feature, turn sharing “on” and fill in information about the types of roles you are interested in. No need to worry about your employer finding out. The “Open Candidates” signal is hidden from recruiters at your company or affiliated company recruiters.
You should also check out their newly released Career Pages, and “Meet the Team” features to learn more about future companies and colleagues for open jobs that catch your attention! Before you enable this feature, make sure your profile is up to par. Profiles with photos are much more likely to be clicked on by recruiters. Make sure to check out our tips on taking a professional headshot! Also fill out your profile as fully as possible, because LinkedIn acts as a search engine so you need to write keyword rich descriptions for whatever you are hoping to be found for. For example, even if your current title is Marketing Associate, change the description next to your name to Digital Marketer who Specializes in Social Media Marketing.
Will you be taking advantage of this new feature?