Tips for Secretive and Successful Job Hunting: LinkedIn Career Expert Series

October 13, 2016

We’ve all been there. It’s time to look for a new job but you don’t want your boss to know. So how do you effectively job hunt without your employer or colleagues finding out? Here are five ways to use LinkedIn to land your dream job while in stealth mode:

1. Signal to recruiters that you’re open to new job opportunities

Open Candidates is a new feature that makes it easier to connect with your dream job by privately signaling to recruiters that you’re open to new job opportunities. Open Candidates is accessible from the “Preferences” tab on the LinkedIn Jobs home page.

To enable the feature, simply turn sharing “On” and fill in some brief information about the types of roles you are interested in. This means you can privately indicate to recruiters on LinkedIn without worrying. We will hide the Open Candidates signal from recruiters at your company or affiliated company recruiters.

2. Turn off the “Notify Your Network” feature when you update your profile

If you’re signalling to recruiters you’re interested in new job opportunities, you’ll want to make sure your LinkedIn profile is up to date. Don't worry, you can update your profile and the changes you make won't be broadcast to your network. Simply turn off “Notify Your Network” when you edit your profile on your desktop. And to make sure your profile looks top notch, check out these steps to improving your LinkedIn profile.

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3. Follow companies you’re interested in

By following a company, you’ll be the first to know about new developments or job opportunities. Simply search for the company you’re interested in working for and then click the “Follow” button. You can learn more about the company on their page, such as their culture and mutual connections who work there.

4. Reconnect with your network

It’s valuable to stay top of mind as your connections can be your way into a new job. According to a LinkedIn survey, 89% of job seekers networked while looking for their current job. Of those who networked with former colleagues, 53% reported those networking efforts as having effectively helped them land their job. One great way to reconnect with your network is through the Notifications tab on LinkedIn mobile app, which alerts you to timely moments like job changes or job anniversaries. If you’re looking for more conversation starters, simply tap the lightbulb icon when you’re messaging someone to get ideas on what to say.

5. Get the LinkedIn Job Search app

With the LinkedIn Job Search app, you’ll get recommendations from the more than 6+ million active job listings currently on LinkedIn as well as be able to set up job alerts when new jobs are posted that meet your criteria. Applicants who apply to job opportunities on the first day they're posted are 10% more likely to land the job. By downloading the app on iOS or Android, you’ll be the first to know when your dream job is posted.

We know job searching can be a stressful experience. We want to make it less stressful by helping you look for your next job without worrying your boss finding out.