If you aren't entirely content in your role or just interested to see what is on the market, finding the best opportunity for you can be very time consuming and quite stressful. So how do you go about it without trawling the job boards for weeks and speaking to companies that aren't the best fit? Let the opportunities come to you! Here is how:
1.) Check the box in your LinkedIn settings that says "open to new opportunities"
Companies and recruiters use this as a filter when searching LinkedIn - it is a logical place for them to start. This will get your profile to the font of the line, for companies who are proactively hiring.
2.) Update the searchable keywords on your LinkedIn profile to include your strongest skills.
Make it specific - for example if you are a Web Developer and don't have the latest technologies you work with on your profile you might not be found, as companies and recruiters often use a Boolean search to find you. So if a company is looking for a web developer specifically with Node.JS and you are strong with it but don't include that in your profile, you won't be found.
3.) Include keywords in your LinkedIn for the industries you work in.
Companies start with finding the ideal candidate and that often includes industry experience. So if you are a functional analyst at a consulting firm and you are focused on the Federal sector for example, include that in keywords or add it as your specific industry in LinkedIn settings.
3.) Make sure you have a LinkedIn picture
Companies aren't cornered what you look like and you won't be judged on your appearance, but not having a picture is much less personal and it looks like you don't often use LinkedIn and are less likely to reply to a message. InMail credits are expensive so you might not be contacted with there being a stronger chance that you won't reply.
4.) Make your profile easy to read quickly
Long blocks of verbose text make it difficult to scan read, so make your experience in bullet points, like you would see on a job description. If companies can see your key skills quickly and easily they are more likely to reach out.
5.) Provide a brief description of the types of roles you are most interested in on your profile
If you are working as an Engineer and your skills could be transferable to a variety of roles but you are more interested in specific positions, be sure to add that onto your summary. For example "I am a Software Engineer with strong interest in working in the Robotic Process Automation (RPA) space in Boston". This will make companies in these sectors more likely to find you
6.) If you are open to relocation make it clear on your profile
Change your LinkedIn settings to show that you are open to relocation, along with the top locations you would choose (also add this into your summary). Many companies are open to paying for candidates to relocate to their areas in order to find the right skill set.
7.) Check your LinkedIn regularly
The market moves fast, so if you take a week to reply to an InMail, you may miss the boat. So reply as soon as you get the chance and you will be one of the first candidates to get submitted and have the best chance of getting the role
8.) Have your updated resume ready to send at short notice
If you are approached about an opportunity but you can't get a resume across quickly - and have to wait until the weekend to spruce it up, you might lose out. The best companies hire quickly so you don't want to miss out due to timing.
9.) Put time aside for phone interviews
Even if this is on an evening, know your schedule and have it ready to send, it shows that you are interested, organized, flexible and proactive. All great attributes that companies look for.
10.) If you are presented a role at a company that looks great but the role doesn't, let them know what you want
Recruiters and companies may be working one role at a time but have many more they could share with you, so if the role isn't quite right but you have something specific in mind or like the company in general, let them know and they might have something else for you. If you just ignore them you may never find the perfect role behind the scenes.
So once you have done all of the above, sit back and watch the opportunities come to you and take your pick. Best of luck!