Via Fast Company
I came across this article today, and immediately I thought about sharing it with you because I know this topic is something that most if not all of us have struggled with. Whether you’re currently working at a job that you’re ready to remove yourself from, or you have been in the past, we can all relate to the awkwardness of it all and trying to figure out the right protocol to do so without making a big scene.
This article is straight to the point, and it offers great advice that is easy to implement.
There are a few things in life that bring about extreme levels of stress, and looking for a job typically makes the list—which also includes moving, wedding planning, and way at the top, having a new child. Those are all things about which friends, family, and coworkers all usually have lots of advice to share. But since I work at LinkedIn, I’m asked for job-hunting tips more often than any others.
And since these days, more people than ever appear to be conducting job searches more casually than ever, my advice usually starts with a no-brainer: Activate the “Open Candidates” feature we launched last year. It’s the simplest way to let recruiters know you’re open to hearing about new opportunities—this way they’ll come to you—without having to publicize that fact to your whole network. And we’ve found that the millions of LinkedIn users who have done so double their chances of being contacted by a recruiter.
So let’s say you’ve already done that—now what? Here are a few additional steps to take to make sure you’re putting yourself in the right place, at the right time, for the right job.
1. UPDATE YOUR PROFILE (OR AT LEAST THESE THREE PARTS OF IT)
The first thing someone does when they meet you is Google your name. They want to know as much as they can about you without having to ask. So update your LinkedIn profile with an eye to what recruiters are looking for. Even if you don’t have time for a top-to-bottom makeover, these are three boxes you should be able to tick after a quick spit-polish:
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