Many currently employed people are beginning job searches and keeping it hidden from their employer even while usingsocial media outlets like LinkedIn. Keeping a job search secret takes a little insider knowledge, skill and a tiny bit of luck. Luck, I can’t help you with – but I do have a few tips and tricks to help you keep your job search off the radar for a while – you sure don’t want to announce it to your current employer until you’ve made a decision. Do these things at home on your own computer.
It is a lot easier than you think to work on a profile optimization within LinkedIn without triggering an avalanche of questions about why you are “tweaking” your profile.
Step one: Click on your name in the top right hand corner of your linked in profile.
Step two: Click on Settings
Step three: Locate the PRIVACY CONTROLS and here you can select and change the activity broadcasts
Step four: Click on “Turn on/off your activity broadcasts” Uncheck the box next to “Let people know when you change your profile, make recommendations, or follow companies” and click save. *Remember: repeat this action and check the box again and save again. This means that now your profile is viewable and though it kept a red flag from being raised, occasional audits of your profile should reveal you are happy in your present role and promoting company approved content as well. Every recruiter likes a company promoting person!
Step Five: Dan Sherman – LinkedIn Expert, advises the use of the 160 characters to update your headline in a thoughtful way to draw the right kind of attention to your profile. Using good keywords about you AND your company can be useful. Be cautious not to be too blatant about self-promotion however, use relevant keywords about what your job FUNCTION is at your current company.
A great example might be something like:
Business Development Manager at Acme Global Group | Marketing, Social
Media Management | America’s, EMEA & APAC.
Step Six: In your summary section, add the text: ABOUT YOUR NAME: put your current job responsibilities based on the job description you received upon hire in a bulleted format. Beneath that, and still in the Summary section, add the text: ABOUT ACME GLOBAL GROUP: put your company’s approved about us content here. *You can format this best in a word processing document like Word with bullets and copy and paste it into your Summary section.
Additional considerations: Adding your company brochures, slide shares and other pertinent content is a good thing to consider doing to optimize your profile and minimize your exposure to appearing a job seeker.
What are some other ideas for job seekers to help keep their job seeking covert until they decide to accept another career opportunity?