Should you put “looking” in your Linkedin profile?
by David Crays, TheCareerKing
For example, should they post “looking” or “actively seeking a new opportunity” in their headline? If not there, should they put it somewhere else?
The short answer is no. You should not put anything in your headline that says you “are available.” There are many reasons for this:
1) It wastes valuable characters and words that would be better spent on a key word that describes your talent. For example, “CFO,” ”SEO Expert,” “electrical engineer,” “creative writer,” “social media guru with 50K followers” or “Linkedin pro.”
2) Recruiters prefer to think of you as “hard to get,” thus you don’t want them to know that you are easy, and they always assume you are available if the price is right and the opportunity a fit.
3) Employers also assume you are available if the deal is right and will call you regardless of whether you state you are available.
4) Your connections, if they are close to you, will already know. Those who aren’t as close may avoid you for fear you pester them for a job.
5) Your current employer may find out.
In general, you want to play hard to get. The best way to do that is to “stay current & employed” – a shameless plug for our motto, I know.
But how do you communicate to the outside you are looking? Not through Linkedin. I suggest you pick up the phone. You set yourself apart from people who are not willing to – a number that is growing with the social media age. We covered this topic in: “Cold Call for an Interview.” You should also contact your friends and some recruiters.
You can also do a social media search. We cover this topic extensively in Social Media.
Attend networking events. They work wonders.
Volunteer your time. I found a great job that way.
But what about Linkedin? We write many articles about Linkedin But none of them accurately suggest you should put “looking” in your profile. You are better off writing some great articles on your expertise so when someone comes across your profile they will see what an expert you are. You are better off creating a killer resume and updating your profile regularly.
You are better off making some new connections on Linkedin – perhaps one of them will be “looking” for you.