We’re all busy. If you’re like the average person, you basically only have time to update your LinkedIn profile when you’re jobsearching. The rest of the time, you don’t think about it much.
But Kris Dunn, the “HR Capitalist”, says that for new hires, your LinkedIn profile is sending a strong message to recruiters.
If you haven’t updated it after changing jobs, “you’re hedging,” he says. “Gainfully employed by your new company, a month or two in, still taking calls from recruiters. You haven’t updated the LinkedIn profile yet. That’s all I need to know. You’re hedging. If a better deal comes along, you’re out of there in a heartbeat…”
Granted, regular people don’t think this way. Most folks are busy, don’t even think about it in the chaos/excitement that is starting a new job, or just don’t care about the oft-neglected networking site. But watch out for the messages you might be sending to recruiters.
Another way to see if a Linkedin contact is about to change jobs is to sign up for Bullhorn Reach, currently in free beta. The company’s “Radar” product uses a proprietary algorithm to determine whether a contact is about to go into job-search mode.