Do you want to get found more easily by recruiters on LinkedIn? The default is “Off”. So executive job seekers should set your switches to “On” as your preference for “Career Interests” to let recruiters know you are open for a new challenge.
Details are explained in the LinkedIn article named “Sharing Your Career Interests with Recruiters”. You can share your career goals in areas such as job titles, location and types of industries, including size, you are interested in. You also have 300 characters (includes punctuation and spelling) to add a personal note to recruiters.
Even coaches and consultants can list themselves if they are interested in contract, remote or freelance opportunities.
Notify LinkedIn Recruiter Members
The information is shared with LinkedIn Recruiter members and kept active for 90 days so it is current. Merely set a reminder to go back and follow the same steps if you wish to continue once that time period expires.
LinkedIn does state, but will not guarantee, that they: “…take steps to keep Recruiter users who work at your company, as well as related companies, from seeing the career interests that you share.” So be alert to this if you are still employed and looking to make a move.
Remember recruiters are not necessarily only headhunters. They may also be members of human resource departments and heads or executives of smaller companies using LinkedIn to seek out their own talent, without the use of agencies and payment of fees.
LinkedIn Help Forum Query
I recently answered the following question on LinkedIn’s Help Forum* concerning where to find this option:
“When I joined LinkedIn Premium, I was asked whether I wanted to let recruiters know I am looking for jobs. I did not do that back than (then), but I am not able to find how to activate this now. All guides talk of a “preferences” link in the jobs page, but I cannot locate it in my jobs page.
I offered up this direct link for your information and received a “top answer” in response: https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/career-interests/
Direct Link to Preferences
Here’s another route to find the preference page. On my (Premium) profile, I click on < Jobs > in the top navigation menu, then scroll down past the section “Jobs where you’re a top applicant”. At the top of the “Jobs you may be interested in ” section (see below) I click on < Update career interests > which took me to the same page.
This is slightly different than the directions found in the article linked to above. I found other discrepancies also (I will notify LinkedIn) which means the article needs updating.
So I am interested to know if it appears the same on your profile whether you have a basic free membership, Premium career or Sales Navigator. Use the comment form below to add your observations and thoughts or contact me personally to share the information or for additional help.
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* I am a volunteer LinkedIn Forums Expert, one of a group of 10 (currently 12) originally recruited by LinkedIn and selected from primarily English speaking countries (U.S., England, Canada and Australia). As such I answer general questions from a community of over 500 million members. Although not compensated, we are rewarded with some ‘perks’ as well as a direct communications link to a LinkedIn community support specialist.