In the pursuit to attract recruiters to LinkedIn profile, people often change profile headline to ‘Seeking new opportunity’ or ‘Open to new opportunities’. This is not how to use your headline, and it signals desperation, which nobody is searching for.
To attract headhunters one crucially important thing that you must do to recognize your LinkedIn profile when they are carrying out a search: You should switch on ‘Open to Opportunities’ feature in your privacy settings immediately.
This option can be found under Privacy Settings → Job seeking preferences → Let recruiters know you are open to opportunities. This setting is turned off by default. This means recruiters who are using the Recruiter package from LinkedIn or announce a new position will not know that you really are interested in a new role/position. You’re not going to appear on their search results and they’re just not going to find you or approach you.
Your present employer (unless they use the Recruiter package) will not be able to notice that you are open for new roles, so if you are looking for a new role and you don’t want to notify your current employer, you should always be able to keep ‘ under the search ‘ safely.
Add your Career Interests
Under Jobs->Career Interests, you will be able to choose from Job Titles, Locations you would work in, and Types of job you are interested in. Naturally, you should make these lists fully comprehensive possible to make sure you don’t miss out any opportunities.
You can also add ‘Note to Recruiters’ which might say what notice you need to give, or summarise your skills and make it clear why you’re looking for a new position. The limit is 300 characters.
You can also select the industries you prefer to work in. There is no ‘All’ option so you may find it useful to refer to my list of industries used in LinkedIn. The last selection available is the size of the company you prefer to work in. You may prefer to work in smaller, or larger organizations, so you can specify your preferences here.
If you don’t meet the right criteria, you can’t be found in a search. Follow the above steps to ensure that recruiters can see you and get most out of Linkedin. Did you enjoy reading this, awesome! What am I missing here? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments and I’ll add it in!