4 Ways to Talk About Your Unemployment on LinkedIn

4 Ways to Talk About Your Unemployment on LinkedIn
From Recruiter - February 2, 2017

I get the question all the time in my LinkedIn workshops: How do I let recruiters know Im not currently working? My answer has been somewhat noncommittal. I give peoplefour options, none of which are entirely optimal:

There are problems with eachtactic. After all, being out of work isbeing out of work. And some ignorant employers still prefer tohire passive job seekers over job seekers who are actively looking for employment.

No matter how you spin it, employers will know the story. Lets look at the potential solutionsfrom worse to best:

1. Leave Your Previous Position Open

Of course, indicating youre still employed when youve been laid off, let go, or have quit is dishonest. When job seekers ask me if they should do this, I tell them that, ideally, they should end their employment at a company a day after they lose the job.

That being said,pretending youre still working for no more than three months is somewhat acceptable. Herein lies the problem: When a recruiter asks if youre still at the company, you have to make up some story about how you havent gotten around to closing out the job. Youll have to do some fancy dancing, and this may end the conversation immediately.

One could argue that at least youll have the opportunity to have a conversation with a recruiter or hiring manager. And that recruiter or manager might buy your tale.

2. Create Your Own Company

This is my second least preferred way to solve the unemployment conundrum. It fills the current employment field and, therefore, gives you more visits (no one really knows how many more), but it also screams desperation.

Ive seen profiles with unemployed in the current field. Their place of work is therefore called Unemployed. How much value does this add to a persons profile? None.

If you feel you need to go this route, at least show value by writing something like, Project Manager Delivering Projects on Time, Under Budget. Then explain the ways youre going to put your talents to use helping your next employer. You can also write a brief objective statement.

3. Tell Employers in Your Headline

The problem with doing this is that it takes value away from your headline.


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