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Jobseekers: Advertise that you’re available for work using this neat trick

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Looking for your next job? Have you advertised your availability on LinkedIn yet?

Then why not? Even if you haven’t quite left your current job – make it clear to the thousands of potential employers that you’re available for employment.

Employers and recruiters are increasingly using LinkedIn to find new talent. Your LinkedIn profile adds social proof to the claims you make in your resume, which is why more and more recruiters and employers have adopted it into their toolkit. Make their job easier and tell them you’re looking for a gig!

I ‘advertise’ on LinkedIn

I don’t mean the paid ads. That’s not necessary. Instead I add a few lines in my summary. It looks something like this:

available-for-work

In fact, take a look at my LinkedIn profile now, and you might still see it there.

I don’t need to do any more than this, because my LinkedIn profile is 100% complete. Recruiters, who use an advanced upgrade to LinkedIn, will find me when they search for members within my locality, industry, seniority and experience. And because I use LinkedIn Premium, my profile is loaded with the most effective key phrases (suggested by LinkedIn) to maximize my ‘find-ability’.

I get many more enquiries when I do this. In fact soon after advertising my availability, invitations to connect from recruiters increases to roughly 20 per week (up from 3 per week) and the number of InMails I receive rises from about 15 per week to 65 per week! Result!

Why not try it? Don’t be shy! But need help? Then contact me about my Jobseeker Support service, currently in development.

[Photo credit: Jeremy Selwyn]

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This post is part 9 of 15 in the series Building a Powerful Resume
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Simon is a creative and passionate business leader dedicated to having fun in the pursuit of high performance and personal development. He is co-founder of Applied Change, a Business Change consultancy based in the UK. Simon is also an Ambassador for Gloucestershire business. Simon is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.

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