by Nathan Egan
on July 8, 2010

Putting LinkedIn into stealth mode when you're already employed

There was some interesting advice in a Wall Street Journal feature that we thought we would pass on. How do you use LinkedIn ever-so-discreetly to look for a job when you’re already employed? A few tips:

  • The top tip! Make sure you update and expand your profile. Users with complete profiles are 40 times more likely to receive opportunities through LinkedIn than those with incomplete profiles, according to LinkedIn.
  • Remember that your LinkedIn profile and status update are public. You might not want to announce to the world that you hate your boss and are seeking a new job unless you have extenuating circumstances — expected layoffs, you’re relocating, or you are seeking opportunities in a different field.
  • Update your profile to detail prior work experience and emphasize your present job position title, job responsibilities and future career aspirations.
  • Solicit professional recommendations from colleagues, customers and supervisors, which are available for public view on LinkedIn.
  • Join groups in your chosen field so you can make professional connections with potential employers. Savvy recruiters generally seek out potential candidates through these groups.
  • When job hunting in “stealth” mode, get comfortable using your account settings. For example, many users don’t know that they can adjust their settings so that their connections won’t be notified each time they update their status or make changes to their profile. That way, if you suddenly decide to connect to 15 local recruiters, your boss won’t notice that these folks have been added to your network via status updates.
  • On the flip side, LinkedIn users often forget to indicate that they are interested in career opportunities and that they will accept messages from
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    other members. If you disable these features, you’ll be making yourself much harder to contact and could lose out on job opportunities.

  • Approach your LinkedIn headline as a positioning statement, detailing what you do and who you do it for.
  • In the “specialties section,” use keywords a recruiter would use to search for people in your desired field.
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