How to go best about hiding your job search while still being employed ? There are a number of reasons why employees are looking for outside opportunities on Linkedin while still in a job. Out of my HR perspective it is the case when companies do not put enough focus on actively managing their key talents and limit their investments in leadership development programs. As the saying goes: “Talents leave leaders not companies”.
Your job search on Linkedin will be undected if people within your Linkedin network first of all do not see a noticeable change in the way you act on Linkedin. If you suddenly start to connect in a short period of time to many people and most of these are recruiter or if you join a LinkedGroup on job searches or if you are very actively sharing lots of articles and commenting this will not get unnoticed.
The best way first of all is to change your settings of your Linkedin Profile to:
1) Turn on/off your activity broadcasts
2) Select Who Can See Your Activity Feed
3) What Others See When You Visit Their Profile
How to change your profile settings on Linkedin:
Even though you have changed your settings it doesn’t give you the green card to now advertise openly your job search on Linkedin. Equally important is to restrict and control your communication on Linkedin.
Do not talk openly about your Job Search in:
1) Linkedin Status Updates
2) Commenting or Liking Linkedin Status Updates that would associate your Job Hunting
3) In your Linkedin Profile
4) Linkedin Questions & Answers
5) Discussions in Linkedin Groups
6) Advertise in your Search in Linkedin Group Job Boards
7) Avoid asking Linkedin Recommendations from colleagues in your current job
8) Write recommendations for Recruiters
9) Do not display Job Seeker badge (Linkedin premium account)
10) Do not join Linkedin Groups that would be associated with Job Searching
Recommended Further Reading:
How to Keep Your Linkedin Job Search Undetected While Currently Employed