LinkedIn offers many lucrative features as well as settings to help its users apply for jobs in a short time. One such feature is the ‘open to work’ feature, which when turned on, lets the recruiters know the user is looking for work, and Turn off, open to work does vice versa.
LinkedIn then leads the recruiters to the user’s profile. This feature can be modified, it can also be turned off completely. By turning it off, you will be able to casually browse for work while letting recruiters know that you’re casually browsing, therefore, not looking for work.
Turn Off Open to Work Feature on LinkedIn?
Given below are the simple steps to turning off the open-to-work feature on LinkedIn via the Android app.
- First, launch the LinkedIn app.
- Tap on your profile, this is situated in the top-left corner.
- Then, tap on View Profile.
- From your profile, tap on the option that says Edit before Open to Work.
- As this feature is turned on, it will show up right on top of your profile when you open it.
- Under the editing job preferences section, tap on the third option.
- Tap on SAVE.
- You have successfully turned off the open-to-work feature. Now, you can keep browsing through as many jobs as well as companies as you like, without having recruiters contacting you.
- Alternatively, you also have the ability to remove the open-to-work feature from your profile completely. To do so:
- Tap on Delete from the profile, this can be found at the bottom of the Edit page.
- Tap on DELETE on the next pop-up
The feature will now be completely removed from your profile. This means that whether you are casually browsing for jobs or open to work, other LinkedIn users, be it recruiters or friends alike, will not be shown the status. There will be no open-to-work banner visible on your profile.
The process to turn off this feature is more or less the same way for LinkedIn’s browser version.
Should I Even Turn the Feature Off?
Even though this decision is totally under your control, it is still recommended to keep the feature on. You can switch it to something else, for example, the ‘I’m open to remote work’ option. Or, if you are not, simply keep the ‘Flexible, I’m casually browsing’ feature on.
That way, when you do need work and start searching, recruiters will take into account the fact that your LinkedIn account has been active in hunting for jobs. This leaves a good impression on your side.
Furthermore, if you happen to delete the feature altogether, though, there is nothing wrong with that, it would seem strange to some recruiters, as LinkedIn is mainly about jobs.
So, whichever job preference you end up setting for your profile (or if you do end up removing it), make sure it reflects positively on your profile overall.
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