by Anish Majumdar, Executive Resume Writer, LinkedIn Writer, Career Branding Expert at ResumeOrbit.com. The most popular person at a dance is the one who’s already dancing, not the one standing at the sides hoping to be asked. The same principle holds true in hiring: recruiters and hiring agents are naturally biased towards people who are already employed, because it lends them an air of being in demand before they’ve done or said a thing!
So with that said, how can we conduct a search away from the prying eyes of employers, who think nothing of giving you grief about an updated LinkedIn Profile or one too many “appointments” scheduled during work hours? Here are my recommendations:
-Use your personal email for your resume, not a company email.
–Never conduct a search at your place of business. Assume all activity is being monitored.
–Consider partnering with a recruiter to reduce the burden of the search. This goes double for those of you with very demanding schedules- investing in a great recruiter can shave months off of the search.
LINKEDIN SHOULD BE YOUR PRIMARY JOB SEARCH CHANNEL
1) You can initiate contact with a headhunter via LinkedIn through searching in your region using terms like Recruiter, Search and Executive Placement. Many have “Open Profiles” which allow you to send them a free InMail message without being directly connected. Keep the initial message short, and use this formula: Introduction (mention any mutual connections)- Type of Job You’re Seeking- Ask to Schedule a 5-minute call to discuss further.
2) Follow companies that you’re interested in working for on LinkedIn. By clicking on an individual company page, you should see a “How You’re Connected” section listing people who can help get you in the door. Send them a brief message outlining the kind of job you’re seeking and asking if they’d be willing to introduce you to someone on the hiring end.
3) Another benefit to following companies: most have a “Jobs” tab where you can easily see open positions. Expert tip: instead of just submitting your resume, see who posted the job and reach out to them directly if possible (a sneaky way to do this is to join a group that the person already belongs to, which will then enable you to send him or her a direct message).
Now that we have a basic gameplan for searching through LinkedIn, here’s how to keep it off the radar of your current employer:
• Hide your activity from your connections on LinkedIn by visiting Settings and selecting “Turn on/off your activity broadcasts” under Privacy Controls.
• Additionally, you can restrict particular connections from viewing your activity by choosing “Select who can see your activity feed,” available directly below the activity broadcasts setting.
• Another great strategy is to modify “who can see your connections,” a feature that is also available in Privacy Controls. This is especially helpful for concealing new connections to recruiters or other individuals who might generate suspicion.