Have you seen the green ‘Open to Work’ frame around people’s photos on LinkedIn lately? If you're looking for a job and want to add this to your LinkedIn profile photo, it's quick and easy with 3 steps.
(1) turning on the ‘Let Recruiters know you’re open to opportunities’ section via Jobseeking Preferences in Privacy settings
(2) Completing your job preferences
(3) Adding the #opentowork frame to your photo.
All steps below!
What is 'Let Recruiters know you're open to opportunities" ?
The ‘let recruiters know you’re open to opportunities’ setting activates a section on your LinkedIn profile that is visible either to people who have the recruiter product on LinkedIn or everyone on LinkedIn. And it signals that you want to be contacted about new roles.
But there there are 2 visbility settings. (1) Everyone on LinkedIn can see it - including your colleagues or (2) only those with the LinkedIn recruiter product.
*Note - LinkedIn say “To protect your privacy, we take steps to prevent LinkedIn Recruiter users who work at your company and related companies from seeing your shared career interests, but we can’t guarantee complete privacy.”
They do by comparing a unique number (Company ID) assigned to the current employer listed on your profile with the Company ID for recruiters on LinkedIn. If a recruiter's Company ID is the same as the current employer listed on your profile, or the same as a company affiliated with that current employer based on LinkedIn’s mapping, then they won't show your career interest preferences.
Why would I use this setting?
Quite simply - if you want to let anyone who has the LinkedIn recruiter product (i.e. recruiters in recruitment agencies and in-house HR and talent acqusition teams) know that you are actively looking for work. It's the same as putting a neon sign above your head and saying "Contact me about a new job please!"
How do I activate it?