Looking for a job just got easier. With LinkedIn, you have the opportunity of being sighted by recruiters so I suggest you make yourself noticeable. There are several things that you can do when looking for a job to let recruiters and your network on LinkedIn know you’re open to new job opportunities.
Furthermore, you need to specify the types of job opportunities that you’re interested in and your preferred location, this will help your profile show up in search results when recruiters look for suitable job candidates.
How to announce you are looking for a job on LinkedIn
When you’re seeking a new job, it’s important for the right people to know that you’re available. Announcing your job search on LinkedIn on your profile is a great move to make you visible in the eyes of recruiters.
- With #OpenToWork on Your Profile
With this, you have control of who is able to see that you are ready to take on a new opportunity. You can choose who sees you’re open. This may include All LinkedIn Members or Recruiters only. To do this, follow the steps below:
a. Click the “Me” icon at the top of the LinkedIn homepage
b. Click “View profile.”
c. Below your name and headline, click “Open”
d. Select “Finding a new job.”
e. Fill in the requested information, and choose whether all LinkedIn members or only recruiters can see that you’re open to job opportunities
f. Click “Add to profile.”
Note: Ensure that your profile is optimized and is effective at showing you’re a strong hire. If it isn’t, you won’t get people wanting to refer you to new positions or introduce you to new contacts to help with your job search. To optimize your profile, use the AI-powered LinkedIn Review tool. This will analyze your profile and identify areas of weakness. It’ll also give you suggested words and phrases that ensure you get more opportunities through LinkedIn.
- Improve your LinkedIn headline
Your LinkedIn headline is a quick byline under your name which shows up anywhere you go on LinkedIn. You want to make clear your title and one or two specific keywords which will attract recruiters to your profile.
- Update your LinkedIn summary
It’s also important to ensure your Summary is descriptive, up-to-date, and pretty interesting. This is a great spot to get into more detail on your experiences and skills.
- Create a LinkedIn post announcing your job search:
You can also publish directly on LinkedIn regarding your search for a new position. This is an effective way as it makes you use your network to help you source opportunities. This post will not only show up on your network’s feeds but will often show up on their network’s feeds too as your post will be public. However, it is advised not to use this method if you’re currently employed and you don’t want your current team to know you’re looking for a new job!
- Email your network on LinkedIn
Apart from posting on LinkedIn and improving your profile, you can target your job search efforts by emailing specific people in your network. This will enable you to announce your job search to specific people on LinkedIn that will help you, without making your search public.
What To Include In Your Job Announcement Post on LinkedIn
- A recent project, campaign, or accomplishment:
Be sure to mention a specific accomplishment from your resume and use numbers to show your significance. This is called quantifying your achievements and it’s effective on both your LinkedIn profile and your resume.
- Relevant Skills and expertise:
Include skills that make you stand out highlighting your experience. If you’re changing careers into a new industry, remember to highlight transferrable skills that are relevant to the new role or industry you’re moving into.
- Call-to-action: Let your post relate to people on how they can help you. Mention specifically if you’d like them to send job ads your way, or introduce you to people in their network.
- Highlight a recent project: If you haven’t worked in some time, it might be worth calling out what you’ve done in the meantime. You may also state your reason for being off work or searching for a new job but be careful to leave this off if you were fired.
How to Broadcast Your Job Announcement Post on LinkedIn
After you have carefully created a job-seeking post and are ready to broadcast your job search, be sure to post to your own network, and in a variety of professional LinkedIn groups, as well as this will get your message circulating to a wider audience.
You might also consider writing a departure post from your previous employer, before embarking on the new job hunt. This is a post you can make when you’ve already given your notice to your current employer and you’re on your job search. Make this post positive and polite (no matter how you really felt about the position!).