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How to Use LinkedIn When You're Unemployed

By December 12, 2008

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Chase is just one of the job seekers who has written to me recently asking me what he should say in his LinkedIn Profile now that he's unemployed. It's definitely an issue because even though you might have lost your job, you want to present yourself in a positive light to prospective employers and to networking contacts.

Krista Canfield, PR Manager at LinkedIn has suggestions: "If you’re currently unemployed list your current position as “open to opportunities.” If you just recently lost your job, make sure you update your status field in your profile so your network knows that you're looking for a job. You can update it with, "John is currently looking for a finance position. Do you know anyone who's hiring?" or "Sarah is interested in freelance opportunities. Let her know if someone in your network needs help writing or editing." It's a quick and easy way to let folks you're connected to know that you could use their help."

Krista also, noted that "One member of ours was unfortunately laid off so he updated his status to show he was currently looking for a new position. He was able to find a new job within seven business days of being laid-off because someone in his network knew someone who was hiring."

It's important for anyone job searching or growing their career, and who is out of work or currently employment, to use LinkedIn to job search. Review LinkedIn's Back-to-Business Checklist for Job Hunters for tips that will help if you’re re-entering the workforce, changing careers, or if you’re laid off and are looking for a new position.

And here's more on how can you ensure that you're not missing out and you're using the full power of LinkedIn to job search.

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October 7, 2011 at 6:22 am
(1) Dave says:

I’m both new to Linked In and have just been made redundant so was struggling to know what to put in as my current job status.

Found the advice really helpful – thanks

July 15, 2012 at 1:01 pm
(2) Carl Nielson says:

The Linked: Unemployed Group on LinkedIn reached over 1,000 recently and has started growing exponentially given it has become a one-stop advice column and has almost 50% of its members as active HR or Hiring Managers. If the unemployment rate in the U.S.A is really that bad (above 8.0%) this LinkedIn group seems like a really good place to be.

What is the Linked: Unemployed group about?
This group, started in August 2010, is open to anyone who is currently unemployed, underemployed, been given notice of impending layoff, contemplating quitting their job or for hiring managers who have a sincere desire to consider and pursue Linked: Unemployed members for open positions. As one group member coined it…this is for the “EMPLOYABLE”. No profit agenda. No commercials. Free resources. Free assessments.

October 3, 2012 at 9:56 am
(3) golieliggem says:


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