How to Show You’re Open to Work on LinkedIn

Carlos Bravo
29 September, 2021

Do you want to increase your chances of finding work on LinkedIn?

On the social network for professionals, you have the option to add a frame that states that you’re actively looking for work.

This feature is called “Open to Work”. It lets the LinkedIn community know when a user is on the lookout for a new job.

Is that your case? Find out how to set up Open to Work on LinkedIn

How to Enable Open to Work on LinkedIn

If you want to add this frame to your profile, you can do it in two easy steps.

We’ll be with you at every step of the way to make sure everything goes well.

1 Open LinkedIn and go to your profile

Log in with your personal profile, since this option doesn’t work for businesses.

2 Click on ‘Open to…’

This button is under your profile picture and your contact details. 

3 Click on ‘Finding a new job’

This is the option to show that you’re actively looking for work. This is a signal to other members of the LinkedIn community and for businesses and active users who work as recruiters.

When you click on it, LinkedIn will open a pop-up window where you can edit your preferences for your job hunt.

What information can you add?

✅ The job you want and the opportunities you’re looking for. 

Start writing and the platform will suggest various related options.

✅ The location of the job you’re looking for.

LinkedIn offers various locations by default, but you can type whatever you like or click the ‘remote work’ box in ‘Finding a new job’.

✅ Start date. 

Select immediately or flexible, biding your time for the right offer. 

✅ The type of job you’re looking for.

Full-time, contract, part-time, work experience, or temporary. Ideal for selecting the type of contract you’re looking for.

Lastly, select who can see your Open to Work on LinkedIn badge: anyone on LinkedIn or just recruitment specialists. 

4 Click on ‘Add’

Once you’ve edited your preferences, click ‘Save’. If you’ve selected to let any LinkedIn user know, you will be suggested to write a post to let your community know about your new status. 

When you finish, you’ll see that your page is the same as before, but there’ll be a green tag on your profile photo with the hashtag #opentowork

open to work linkedin

Now businesses and the LinkedIn community know that you are looking for a new job: a useful option to let recruiters or any other members know whether you’re currently working or not.

How to remove Open to Work on LinkedIn

If you’ve found work, and you want to remove the open-to-work frame from your profile, you just have to follow the same steps as before.

At the bottom left of the pop-up window on screen, you have the ‘Remove from profile’ option. Click on it and LinkedIn will remove it automatically. 

How to Show that You’re Seeking Candidates on LinkedIn

In the same way that you can put on your profile that you’re actively looking for work, you can also put on your profile that you’re searching for candidates to fill a position.

The only thing you have to do is, instead of clicking on ‘Finding a new job’, you should click on ‘Hiring’.

On the LinkedIn window, you need to select the business page on which you want to publish the job and filling out the mandatory fields: 

✅ The position you need to fill.

✅ Your business location.

✅ The company, which is the page you selected before by default.

✅ Employment type: full-time, part-time, etc. 

✅ A small description of what you’re looking for: aptitudes and requirements.

Once you’ve completed and saved your changes, LinkedIn will add the ‘Hiring’ frame on your profile.

If you’re seeking employment, try turning on the Open to Work on LinkedIn frame on your profile so that companies will take you into consideration. 

Otherwise, if you’re looking to hire new candidates, activate the ‘Hiring’ frame so that LinkedIn members will know and apply to the jobs you are offering. 

Carlos Bravo


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