The #1 Job Search Tip

Looking for a new job is insanely stressful. Where do you look? How do you find that right next opportunity? If you’re looking for a new job, there is one thing that you should absolutely do, and it takes only a few minutes.

You need to mark yourself as “Open to Opportunities” on LinkedIn if you are looking for a new job.

First off, how do you make this change on your profile? You’ll want to go to your Account Settings & Privacy.

Next, you’ll go to Job seeking preferences and switch on the “Let recruiters know you’re open to opportunities.”

From here, there’s some additional information you can enter for recruiters to see. This will give them a better idea of what you’re looking for. To do this, go to the Jobs tab and select Career interests.

This opens up a page of information for you to fill out. You don’t have to fill out everything, but anything you add will be seen by recruiters looking at your profile. You can add a personalized note, status of your job search, job titles, locations, types of roles, industries, and company sizes that you prefer. If you’re not looking for something specific in one of those categories, leave it blank. But if you know you’re only open to full-time sales roles in Cincinnati with small companies, then put those filters in place.

So now that you’ve posted you’re “Open to Opportunities”, what do recruiters see?

Marking yourself as open remains confidential to everyone (including anyone at your current company). The only people who will be able to see any of the information you filled out are recruiters who have partnered with LinkedIn. Companies have the option to join a recruiting partnership with LinkedIn, and when they do so, the recruiters on their teams get access to a whole separate platform in LinkedIn. They view profiles through LinkedIn Recruiter where they can see that you’re open to talking with them.

When recruiters are searching for individuals that might be a good fit for one of their roles, they are going to look first at those who are open to new opportunities. It’s going to be more likely for them to recruit someone who is already looking for a new job than someone who is completely happy in their current role. This is why it’s so important to mark yourself as open! Sure, you might get some InMails for jobs that you aren’t remotely interested in, but you just might get one that does align with what you’re looking for.

If you’re in the job market, it doesn’t hurt to open yourself to every option, and marking yourself “Open to Opportunities” on LinkedIn is one of the easiest ways to do this.

So if you’re looking for a new job right now, make sure you open yourself up on LinkedIn!


By Allison Walke, Talent Acquisition & Onboarding