The Contact Preferences section on LinkedIn (where you indicate why you want someone to contact you) troubles many attorneys because they don’t want to state that they are interested in “career opportunities” or “job inquiries” if they are currently employed. The attorneys are concerned that their employers will see that they are looking for a new job.
A new site, HireSignals.com, recently launched with the purpose of hiding a job seeker’s job search preferences from the job seeker’s employer but sharing the job seeker’s preferences with recruiters. Here’s how it works:
- Job seekers would not list “career opportunities” or “job inquiries” as their Contact Preferences on LinkedIn; rather they would use HireSignals.com to convey their job search status to recruiters.
- Third party recruiters and job seekers create an account on HireSignals.com which syncs to their LinkedIn accounts.
- Recruiters must log in using a company email address (and this email address must match the primary email account on their LinkedIn profile).
- HireSignals.com screens the recruiters who join, and the recruiters must agree to a strict code of conduct.
- Job seekers choose one of four options as their job search status:
- Actively networking
- Passively networking
- Not networking (but open to seeing the market)
- Not networking (do not contact)
- Job seekers enter guidelines for recruiters, such as desired salary.
- Job seekers can indicate the domain name of companies they don’t want to see their job search status (e.g. domain name of current employer).
- When recruiters perform a search on LinkedIn to look for people with certain requirements, the job seekers using HireSignals will appear with a shaded background in one of four colors. The four colors correspond to the job seeker’s status and can alert that the job seeker is looking for opportunities even though his LinkedIn Contact Preferences does not list “career opportunities.”
- Recruiters can then see the job seeker’s salary and other guidelines and contact the job seeker through the LinkedIn platform.
- Click here to view a short video that walks you through using HireSignals.
I’ve signed up for a HireSignals account and am waiting for approval. I like the purpose behind the site because I think most attorney job seekers are concerned about their current employer learning of their job search. Any platform that helps to preserve confidentiality is a step in the right direction.
In addition to using HireSignals, here are my other two recommendations to job seekers who are employed and don’t want their employers to learn they are looking:
- Turn off activity broadcasts so your employer and others do not see when you connect to recruiters on LinkedIn. Go to Settings, Turn on/off activity broadcast, and make sure the box is unchecked.
- Hide your connections. Go to Settings, Select who can see your connections, and select Only You. By hiding your connections, your prevent your employer from being able to go to your page to see how many recruiters are among your connections.
Thus, by using HireSignals, turning off activity broadcasts and hiding your connections, you can conduct your job search without the fear that your employer will learn that you are looking.