I really like Linkedin as a networking tool. I know many recruiters swear by it and I can see why. Its easy to use and full of good data that recruiters love. Anyways, I was playing around on it today and noticed a few things. It seems to me that a lot of people are seeking work on Linkedin and are announcing it in their profiles. Case in point, go to Linkedin Search and do a search using “unemployed” as the current job title.
Click on one of the profiles that are returned (as shown in the picture below) and check out the most recent position.
You get similar results with quite a few searches:
* At this writing, searching “unemployed” in the current job title returned 4,739 results.
* At this writing, searching “looking for work” in the current job title returned 652 results
* At this writing, searching “seeking new role” in the current job title returned 17 results
Is this a good thing? Honestly, I am split on what I think of this. On one hand, I like it because it makes it easy for recruiters to find you and suggests that you will most likely return their queries when they reach out to you. On the other hand, many recruiters (or rather hiring managers) have an asinine inclination to believe that unemployed people are not as qualified as those currently working. (I will never, never, never understand that rationale. But hey, maybe that’s just me.)
So, I want to ask jobseekers and recruiters for their feedback. Is it a good thing or a bad thing to say that you are looking for work on Linkedin? Do tell…