1. Update your status
Of course nobody wants to advertise the fact that they’re job hunting to their current employer but LinkedIn’s functionality lets you subtly advertise your status as ‘open to new opportunities’ only to those advertising roles or using a recruiter license. Most crucially, your boss won’t be able to see it but the right people will.
This will put you in the direct line of sight of those looking to employ someone with your skills and be a good opener to the conversation.
How can I do this? Directly under your photo and name on your profile page is a section titled, Show recruiters you’re open to work. By selecting this you can give more information on the kind of roles and locations you’d be interested in working in.
2. Explain your career journey and tell us some highlights
It goes without saying that you should set out your LinkedIn profile like a virtual resume with all of your positions and the companies they were within listed as a timeline.
But don’t overlook the text you can add into these sections and the header you give yourself. Think about key achievements in each role and tell us about them in bullet point form, for instance if you:
– Lead a team of 12
– Grew my division by 50%
– Worked alongside business leaders and decision makers
Then above is exactly how you should present it to us!
Don’t shy away from telling us about how and why you moved from role to role. Potential employers want to know your career journey in order to find you something in line with your talents and ambitions.
Finally, use your profile header to explain where you are currently and where you want to be next. It’s as simple as that!