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How to Let Recruiters Know You Are Open to Work

by Career Management

In this article we explore the LinkedIn Open to Work feature and explain how to enable and manage this feature on your LinkedIn Profile.

By activating this feature, LinkedIn will help your profile show up in search results when recruiters are looking for suitable job candidates. This is a free feature for all LinkedIn members. If you’re yet to activate this feature, please consider this. In an environment where people are increasingly making decisions based on the information available to them online, your LinkedIn presence is a critical touch point to help you get found by hiring managers and recruiters and will help you secure your next job. Now is the time to take advantage of the role your LinkedIn profile can play in helping recruiters and hiring managers find you on LinkedIn.

The Open to Work feature can let recruiters and your network on LinkedIn know you’re open to new job opportunities. It also let’s you specify the types of job opportunities you’re interested in and your preferred location, including whether you are open to remote opportunities.

How to Activate the Open To Work Feature on Your LinkedIn Profile.

This feature can be accessed via your LinkedIn Profile. It’s best activated when you are logged into your profile and at a desktop computer or laptop. Please see the image below for how to add Open To, Finding a new Job to your profile section.

Accessing Open to Work Feature

Here’s a step by step guide.

  1. Click the Me icon at the top of your LinkedIn homepage.
  2. Click View profile.
  3. Click the Open To button below your headline
  4. Click Finding a new Job
  5. Click Looking for job opportunities.
  6. Provide the requested information in the pop-up window that appears (you can choose up to 5 job titles)
  7. You can choose whether all LinkedIn members or only recruiters can see that you’re open to job opportunities. If you choose to share with all LinkedIn members, LinkedIn will add a green #OpenToWork photo frame to your profile photo.
  8. Click Add to Profile.

With this feature LinkedIn allows you to specify the job opportunities that you’re interested in, your preferred locations and job type (e.g. full time, part time, remote, etc).

let recruiters know you are open to work

The benefit of this feature is that it helps your LinkedIn profile show up in search results when recruiters are looking for suitable job candidates. It’s also a way to let anyone viewing your LinkedIn Profile know that you’re looking for work (if you choose the option to let all LinkedIn members see you’re open to jobs).

let recruiters and network know you are open to work

Importantly, this feature is also available for those of you who are gainfully employed, but are open to being contacted by a recruiter for job opportunities.

Your Privacy on LinkedIn with the Open to Work Feature

LinkedIn take steps to prevent LinkedIn Recruiter users who work at your company and related companies from seeing your shared career interests, but do not guarantee complete privacy. If your organisation’s hiring managers or HR department have the LinkedIn Recruiter license, they will be able to see you are open to being contacted.

Do LinkedIn the Right Way
Karen Hollenbach

Karen Hollenbach

As one of Asia Pacific’s Top 10 LinkedIn Experts I share fortnightly news with my global email community and run monthly online Lunch and Learns to teach professionals how to unlock LinkedIn. Sign up to my newsletter to help you learn LinkedIn – the right way!

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