looking for a jobI see many people updating their status with “Looking for a job” or “Looking for new opportunities”

But do you think you make the most out of Linkedin? Do you think it is going to attract recruiters?

I think it is not the best thing to do for your reputation or your personal brand.


Because you position yourself as someone asking for something, asking for a job, waiting for things to happen, you are being passive!

Instead you could put on your linkedin status that you attended a conference in your industry, you could share articles about your business, or even promote your next speaking gig.

That is a much more efficient way to make recruiters aware that you are an expert in your field, that people refer to you.

“I am looking for a job” does not need to be publicized that way.

You appear to be passive and not proactive.

Show off your skills by sharing, engaging, organizing, offering, giving…

That’s how you will be contacted by recruiters!

, , , ,

20 comments untill now

  1. Hi Laurent !

    I dont really know where to post this, I have a question you might be able to answer :
    I quite often get contacted by so-called “recruiting” agencies, most of them based in UK, sometimes from France, and usually (always) through linkedin, to tell me that they “might have a position that suits my profile”, as a coincidence in the country where i currently am. followed by a quick description of the job, and by a “please contact me back asap if you are interested, and send me your CV blablabla…”
    I usually naively send them my CV out, without expecting much from it. I just tell myself “let’s see, he can have something interesting to propose, and it doesn’t cost me anything”
    but there is never anything concrete at the end of it.
    some of those recruiting agencies even almost “spam” some groups on linkedin with “job offers”
    I got some experiences having an interview in some of those recruiting agencies. Seeing they way they work, the way they manage the candidate, my feeling was that they are really not professional ! and I dun want to get in touch with them no more. I tell my colleagues and friends around me : dont waste your time with that agency!
    so my question is : are all those job offers real ?
    with the time, and all the offers posted on linkedin, i came to ask myslef if the offers are real.
    well, I already have my answer for that, so if those are fake posts, at the end they just collect CVs. but what the hell do they do with all those CVs ?
    they must have 1000s of CV with them, coming from everywhere.
    Do they sell the CVs ?
    Thanks for your kind reply !

  2. Hi,
    for as much as I agree about the proactive approach and the fact that I really don’t like the “looking for a job” status, I still believe that if you don’t ask, you will never get.
    If you don’t tell your manager you would like that promotion, he will never know you really want it…. just as an example.

    I would somewhat expand the concept: to me, it’s ok to say you are looking for a job, as long as it’s specified! “I am looking for a job in experimental marketing, for high budget worldwide events for automotive companies and I offer this skillset”

  3. Hi Michel,
    your question is quite accurate!
    A lot of agencies are paid to generate volume, so the rec consultants call candidates only to register them and have them in their data base…but they actually do not have a proper job to offer. They only want to have more CVs available if the right job comes up, but obviously this way of acting is completely unethical. A lot of agencies are run by the number of phone calls you make, the number of candidates you put in the system, so in tough times like that, some of them do what they can. It is a poor way of doing business and hopefully in the future these cowboys will be wiped out. So no, they don’t sell CVs but they keep it, they make their data base grow because they think it may pay off in the long term which is a complete mistake seeing your reaction. I hope my answer will help you. Laurent

  4. Lea,
    I posted this article on a couple of forums with recruiters and lot of them agree with the idea…if they want to contact you, they will, you don’t need to specify that you look for a job, and on the contrary, as I explained, recruiters are not keen on people putting all over the place “I am looking for a job”, they prefer proactive ones with updates about their activities.

  5. Another Laurent @ 2009-12-15 18:46

    I would agree with Lea here.If you don’t tell that you are looking for a job, the recruiters won’t guess!
    But I think all this is quite irrelevant since LinkedIn,in my opinion, is not a place to get a job but rather get contacts. It’s an incredible database and your job is to dig through it in order to find the proper leads.
    Can anybody tell me if he(she)was successful getting a job via LinkedIn?
    Thanks and good luck to all of you

  6. Mary Adams @ 2009-12-15 19:26

    I agree with Lea—why not just be straightforward and ask? You could still offer up what your skills are, and/or what you can offer, and let people know you are looking for work. You save people having to dicypher your message.

  7. Professional recruiters, those who actually work for client’s looking to fill critical need positions, will have a position that they are working on to identify candidates who must fit very specific client requirements. If a recruiter can not provide you with details of what their client needs are, they don’t have a job opening and they are phishing for CV’s.

    I work for clients. They pay my fee because I find them 1-3 candidates that are a dead on match to their needs. They expect candidates who have a track record of being the best in their field. In the course of conducting these searches, I meet candidates who have the qualifications necessary but some other factor, such as relocation, nixes the deal. I will recruit these career minded professionals and identify what their next move will be. When that position crosses my desk, then they get the call. Confidentiality and providing a candidate a free career service works well for both of us.

    LinkedIn is the only professional networking site worth belonging to because it does have rules and standards to deal with abusers.

  8. Hi Rick, if only all the recruiters could be like yourself! thanks for sharing your experience as a recruiter, it will give more food for thought to Michel.

  9. Not stating that you are looking for a job seems like a terrible idea. Think beyond the idea that recruiters are the only ones reading your profile. Your friends are seeing it too! A very large percentage of jobs come from referrals by friends/contacts. Whether recruiters and job boards want to admit it, word of mouth referrals remain king. Think about what you do when you hear a friend has lost their job? Or how about when you think of a friend after hearing about a job opening.

  10. Laurent, you sound like an honest person but others asking for your CV might not be. They steal identities and open bank / credit accounts in your name or your address, using your details. Never send personal details, especially if they include an address or birthdate to people you do not know unless you can trust them.

    I heard about a case recently here in the UK where someone set up a fake website and people sent in their CVs, only to have their identity stolen. People who know more about IT than I do can explain how they do it. I don’t want to worry you but if you receive an letter at your address, but not with your name, open it and let the sender know that person does not live with you or you could find yourself being refused credit because their account will be linked with yours.

    I am probably making a fuss about nothing, but do take care,


  11. Nickolai Krykin @ 2009-12-22 10:38

    To me both Laurent and Lea are right. As with many things in life there are pros and contras in each approach so one has to decide what he/she is prepared to sacrifise when choosing the way to sell oneself the best way.

  12. I am a professional recruiter, living in France, working often for UK based companies, and regularly use Linked In to find potential candidates for my clients. I NEVER send spam mails, I always acknowledge cvs sent to me on spec and ALWAYS keep both clients and potential candiates up-to-date with progress on vacancies. Please, please remember, not all recruiters are the same. Some of us (albeit the minority) are professionals and care about their work. It takes many years to build up a reputation to be proud of, a reputation which must be nurtured and maintained. Also, not all recruiters are “volume driven” – some of us are paid on quality, not quantity.

    Finally, I work as a recruiter to support the small vineyard in Gascony, owned by my husband and I. My husband is a Vigneron Independant, hasn’t earned a salary for 6 years but is passionate about making wines in a region dominated by massive “factories”. What I earn pays for tractors, presses and cuves – not Ferraris and holidays in the Caribbean.

  13. Vincent Hill @ 2009-12-28 17:33

    I believe the term “Professional Recruiter” is misused a great deal of the time. There is a world of difference between some idiot who offers jobs that don’t exist, collects resumes, and provides absolutely no personal evaluation of a prospective client. They tend to use a check-off sheet filled with descriptions of job knowledge and skills that they do not understand. They position themselves between the job hunter and potential employers offering little or no added value for either. A good number of these “professionals” have jobs with the employers and chase talent away because of their lack of job knowledge and their inability to do a full and fair evaluation of the job seeker.

  14. [...] mean it, it is unfortunate but true. My article, Don’t put “Looking for a job” on your linkedin status embraced exactly the same idea. I understand all the reactions I got on linkedin but I am trying to [...]

  15. Hi Vincent and Karen,
    You are both right! I believe that a lot of recruiters still favor quality over quantity…but like in any industry, you always have black sheeps, and the rec industry with its structure (a lot of young people pressured to perform) is likely to be an industry with more black sheeps than others

  16. josie erent @ 2010-02-03 18:45

    I completely disagree…Companies do not guarantee full time employment and you are telling us someone is desperate by advertising their availability? This is negative, demeaning, insulting and discriminatory to all unemployed people in various ages, professionals, functional areas…..Its hard to believe that companies do have have progressive thinking….more importantly practice discrimination…..because companies consider their valuable talent as part-time, temporary help they can lay off at anytime….Companies spend millions of dollars marketing products…finally there is a tool to help people market themselves in a job market that has become more like professional temporary positions……that have tremendous uncertainty due to global competition and corporate greed.

  17. josie erent @ 2010-02-03 18:49

    I know of countless success stories on linked in…The recruiters are not the bad guys…The corporations are the ones creating obstacle courses…….. Putting jobs on hold…no hiring people…not returning phone calls……..As for the candidates…its amazing the level of talent out there…that do not believe in competing in the job marketing and putting 150% in qualifying for the team. You are not entitled to a job…You have to sell yourself to a company….

  18. Thanks Josie for your comment. I think in these comments we are not saying that the recruiters are the bad guy. We have many examples of good professionals like Karen. And I agree with you that you have to sell yourself but before selling yourself you need to think about carefully how you are going to do it!

  19. I agree that you need to indicate in some way that you are looking for a job. Otherwise, everyone is going to think you are employed in some way – either freelancing, consulting, etc. Also, my LinkedIn profile is not there for recruiters – it’s there for networking with friends, colleagues, former co-workers, etc. I would like for them to know (and they would like to know) what my employment status is. I don’t really care what recruiters think, as I’ve yet to meet a recruiter who was hiring for the type of job I’m looking for (I don’t work in a heavily recruited field anyway).

  20. [...] Don’t put “Looking for a job” on your linkedin status (19 comments) [...]

Add your comment now