It is fair to say that LinkedIn has changed the game for the job seeker. No career-focused tool has given one access to their network like LinkedIn has. In comparison, the traditional resume alongside LinkedIn, looks like a horse-drawn cart next to a BMW M6 Gran Coupe.
And as much as LinkedIn has changed the way we look for a new job, in the same light, we now have to admit that our desire to move on is usually not as discreet as one might believe. In fact, I can usually guess when someone I'm connected to on LinkedIn is moving on within three months of their departure just based on their LinkedIn activity. So if you are doing the following things on LinkedIn, you are probably revealing more than you want about your desire for new employment.
- When you suddenly start following all of your employer’s competitors, that is a clue you are looking.
- When you start connecting to multiple recruiters, that is a clue you are looking.
- When you suddenly start connecting to all of your coworkers, even though you’ve been around for quite awhile, that’s a clue you are looking.
- When you have major updates to your LinkedIn profile, that is a clue you are looking.
- And when I see all those things happen around the same time, well, your notice of impending departure and new job congratulations will not come as such a shock to me.
So if you are looking to move, I suggest you first adjust some of your privacy controls under your account settings to keep your updates from being broadcast to your entire network. Then again, social is my job, so I’m admittedly on LinkedIn much more than your average user. It is probably not as apparent to your boss. At least you hope.