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How to Use LinkedIn for Job Search

by My Career

In this article we show you how to use LinkedIn for job search by activating the Open to Work feature and setting up Job Alerts via your LinkedIn Profile.  These are two key features to use on LinkedIn to help with your job search.

Activate the Open to Work Feature 

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 lets 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 #OpenToWork Feature

When logged into your LinkedIn profile, view your LinkedIn profile and look for the Open to button below your profile photo, headline and location.  Here’s a step by step guide.

Click the Me icon at the top of your LinkedIn homepage.
Click View profile.
Click the Open To button below your headline
Click Finding a new Job
Provide the requested information in the pop-up window that appears. 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 an #OpenToWork photo frame to your profile photo.
Click Add to profile.


Create Job Alerts Based on Searches Just Completed

You can create job alerts on LinkedIn to get alerts for new job postings that match your preferences. LinkedIn will allow you to choose whether you want to receive these alerts on a daily or weekly basis through email, app notifications, or both. This is a free feature for all LinkedIn members. Here’s how to create up job alerts based on searches just completed.

Search for a job on LinkedIn. Here’s how.
At the top left of the job search results page, switch the Job alert toggle to On to create a job alert for your current search criteria.
In the Create search alert pop-up, select how often you’d like to receive alerts about new jobs on LinkedIn that fit those specific search parameters from the Receive alert dropdown.
Select how you’d like to get notified from the Get notified via dropdown.
Click Save.

Need help updating your LinkedIn Profile? Download our free Professional Profile Checklist here.

Karen Hollenbach, LinkedIn Expert Consultant, Educator & Mentor

Karen Hollenbach, LinkedIn Expert Consultant, Educator & Mentor

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