My clients want recruiters to find them on LinkedIn. So I test the LinkedIn algorithm to understand how to rank profiles in search results.
It’s a fun labyrinth to muck around in — lots of nooks and crannies and hypotheses to test.
Be “Currently Employed” to Please the LinkedIn Algorithm
I’ve noticed I can help my unemployed clients gain rank by showing them as currently employed.
To do this, I use one of 2 approaches:
1. Add a Current Position
One approach is to add a current position.
It might look like this:
Company Name: Donna Svei Consulting
Title: [Most Important Keyword Recruiters Would Use to Find You]
Time Period: 2021 — I currently work here
Many of my clients do some consulting while looking for their next job.
2. Don’t Update Your Employment Date
Another option we use is not updating their employment date on LinkedIn.
We use accurate dates on their resume. But on LinkedIn, we often show them as currently employed at their last company.
Given that most people don’t update their profiles often, this works. I’ve never had a client tell me that a prospective employer questioned them on this detail.
You must have the “I currently work here” box checked for at least one job on your profile to get the ranking boost.
Don’t Let LinkedIn Seduce You with Its “Career Break” Feature
LinkedIn introduced a Career Break feature for profiles in 1Q22. While it’s great for past career breaks, DO NOT use it for current unemployment.
Because the LinkedIn algorithm picks it up as “unemployed” and punishes your profile in search results rankings.
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Updated April 2022
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