Make it easy for people to get in touch with you about jobs

Make it easy for people to get in touch with you. 

How easy is it for people not currently in your network to get in touch with you?

Social Network concept in 3d

How can recruiters and hiring managers get in touch with you? You might want to have an email address just for your job search.  I recommend a gmail account.

It is your “loose connections” or your distant ones that will be most likely to have your next job for you.  Don’t network with recruiters – we will find you if we have a job you seem to fit, but do network with people at the companies you want to work in.  Maintain your connections, say “Happy Birthday” or Congratulations on work anniversary, promotion or new job!  And keep adding to the network.  Your limit is 30,000!

Here is what you have to do on LinkedIn to allow recruiters and hiring managers to email you directly.

Go to your picture in the upper right hand corner (in the black bar)

Hover and click on Settings and Privacy

Go to the Privacy Tab

Click on “Who can see your email address”

And change it to Everyone or at least 1st and 2nd-degree connections 

If you don’t want the emails from anyone, change it to Only you

But why do that?  What are you on LinkedIn for? 


Who can see on your profile?

  • Only you
  • 1st-degree connections
  • 1st and 2nd-degree connections
  • Everyone on LinkedIn

You can control what email address is your primary in your email settings and learn more about how your email address is visible to other members on LinkedIn.

Need some help with your LinkedIn Profile?  Click here

Is Your LinkedIn Profile a Dud?

Visible online so hiring managers and recruiters can find you

How to build and develop your LinkedIn Profile

Are You Using Your LinkedIn Profile to Your Greatest Advantage

LinkedIn Profile

Do you use your LinkedIn profile to its greatest advantage?  Even a free account, well-used, can put you at the front of the pack.

All headhunters and most in-house recruiters, HR people and hiring managers use LinkedIn to look at candidates.  What are you showing them? Are you using LI to add depth to what you highlighted in your resume?

Your name needs to be just your name (with the exception that adding the best letters you have earned (PhD, MD, MBA) is good). To add LION or an email address is breaking the agreement you made with LinkedIn.  There are other places to put these.

Are you using your Headline to highlight your best features or your passions or what you want next?  This is not the place for your current title – that goes further down. But don’t say anything that makes you look desperate – no “Looking” or “Actively Seeking”.  Desperate is not attractive.

Is your Industry a match for what you are looking for?  Research is not the same as Biotechnology or Pharmaceuticals. 

Have you gotten your personal LinkedIn  shows that you use the platform to its fullest and know what you are about.

How many Connections do you have?  You need at least 400 but 500+ are better. LinkedIn is not a place to tell personal stories or connections, it is a place for professional ones.  Who do you know professionally? Who is, or should be, in your career network? If you routinely connect with the people you meet in the ordinary course of your profession, you will soon have 400 or more.  They will find you jobs and you will find jobs for them as well.

Your list of Experience is just that – experience, not necessarily jobs- but remember that there is a section for volunteer work as well.  You get 1000 characters to describe each Experience.  What problems were you hired to solve or discovered after you were hired?  What action did you take? What was the result of your actions? Tell us a “dragon-slaying” story.

You can only get Endorsements from your first degree connections and you want them to be for the 10 (or more) skills you want to use in your next job.  Ask for them.  Tell your connections which ones you would like to be endorsed for and ask them which of theirs you should endorse.  These skills are the keywords that recruiters are looking for.

Your Summary (usually placed first but written last) is your chance to show, in first person, what you are good at, what you are professionally passionate about.  You can use your keywords in natural sentences and you can tell your best “dragon-slaying” story.  How can you make it attractive, even charismatic?  You get 2000 characters to do this.

Have you included your Volunteer experience and causes? 

Have you added documents, links, publications, slides, videos to demonstrate your professional expertise?

You can list projects and courses – be careful here – don’t list undergraduate classes that are irrelevant to what you have been doing or want to do.

The Interests section is where you can add anything that did not fit elsewhere – you get 1000 characters.

Do use the Advice for Contacting. Even if you are not now looking for work, you will be in the future.  Why give LinkedIn control of who can contact you? 

In personal details, don’t put married or number of children – these are protected by law and is really not the business of your professional connections.  Add your birthday if you would like to receive birthday greetings. You don’t need to put in a year.

Are your Organizations appropriate or even useful? Do you belong to a group that helps it members find jobs? Fraternities, sororities, Masons, etc?

What LinkedIn Groups are shown on your Profile?  You can decide which ones to show in the Settings for each group.  Show the professional ones, not the job search ones.

Who are you following?  Choose the best in your industry.

What companies are you following? Choose the competitors in your niche and the companies you most want to work for next.

Follow your alma mater and the colleges and universities where the best people in your niche went to school.

For a step-by-step Profile Template for LinkedIn and other social media sites, Check out the free Checklist on the right!

For more help click here!


Do You Use These Alternatives to Your Resume?

How to get your very own LinkedIn URL

LinkedIn imageInstructions on how to get your very own LinkedIn URL

  • Go to your Profile in LinkedIn.
  • Click Edit Profile
  • Find your current URL
  • Hover over it and click on the little cog to the right
  • This will take you to your Public Profile and in the upper right you will see

Change your URL

  • Click on the blue pen and choose the name you want to show up.
  • Think about the length and choose something short enough to fit on your business card.

Put it in your email signature.  Be visible!

Job Search Tip #30 – Use LinkedIn Often


Job Search Tip #27