Updating your LinkedIn profile can be an effortless way to get job offers quickly. It may sound obvious, but very few people regularly update their LinkedIn profile. Updating your LinkedIn profile is used as a signal by recruiters that you are looking for a new job, and the great news is that the rest of your network doesn’t need to know. Here is our step-by-step guide to updating your LinkedIn profile to find a new job in less than 24 hours.
How updating your LinkedIn profile helps you to find a new job
Recruiters on LinkedIn have access to reports that show who has recently updated their LinkedIn profile. Updating your profile is often seen as a signal that you are looking for a new job. That means you can use this signal to your advantage, with very little effort on your part you can tell recruiters that I am looking for a new job.
Use role specific keywords in your LinkedIn profile update to help you find a new job
The next step in making your LinkedIn profile even more effective is to add in relevant keywords for the role(s) you are targeting.
The easiest keyword to target is the role you are looking for. If you want to target Project Manager roles than you should add Project Manager to your profile. A job title makes that very easy. If you don’t have that job title then add it in as part of your role description:
“Business Analyst with Project Manager responsibilities, managing workstreams and people.”
Furthermore, add keywords related to that role in your headline, summary and role descriptions. For instance, Project Manager could use keywords like:
- project management
- program management
- project delivery
How do I find keywords to use for a role?
Always use the source of truth where companies and recruiters tell you what they are looking for: job ads.
Your CV/Resume, and effectively your LinkedIn profile, should match the requirements that organisations are searching with.
- Go to a job site.
- Search for the role you would like.
- Look at the job advertisements.
- Use our expertise assessment tool to summarise the different ads.
- Use these keywords in your LinkedIn profile.
Top tip: turn-off updates to the network
Turn-off updates if you don’t want to signal to the your LinkedIn network that you are looking for a new job.
Go into settings go to Activity broadcast and uncheck the notification box. (Here’s a video walk-through https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ns5jSJOmmg)
Case study: Simon the Business Analyst who wanted a role as a Project Manager
Simon is a Business Analyst in a large financial institution. He followed these steps to effortlessly have three different roles pitched to him by different recruiters within 24 hours of updating his LinkedIn profile.
Interestingly, these roles weren’t all Project Manager roles. They were all in the project delivery space, but he was appearing in searches for recruiters and they wanted to speak to him. He even had an offer from overseas.
Getting the next job immediately will be difficult, but following this approach helps to generate interest and let you test whether the roles you are looking for are out there.
Simon has now had interviews with two of the three roles, and is in a position to negotiate for the role that best fits him.
Take 10 minutes to update your LinkedIn profile and see what happens next
10 minutes to update your profile seems pretty effortless. Finding a new job immediately isn’t guaranteed. What this will help you to do is see if recruiters are actively searching for roles.
If they are, you should get interest quite quickly. If they aren’t that means you may need to look at how you can make yourself more attractive to prospective employers or consider what roles and industry you are targeting.