How Does the “Open to Work” Feature Work?
The “Open to Work” feature on LinkedIn allows recruiters and employers to know that you’re actively seeking new opportunities. When this feature is turned on, your profile will show a special badge that says “Open to Work.” The photo frame is visible to anyone who views your profile, even if they’re not logged in to LinkedIn.
What if you don’t want your current employer to know you’re job-hunting? Or what if you’re not looking for a new job anymore and don’t want to receive any more messages from recruiters? In either case, you can remove the “Open to Work” badge from your profile so it’s no longer visible to others. Below, we’ll cover how to remove “Open to Work” on LinkedIn in each case.
How to Remove “Open to Work” on LinkedIn (Full Removal)
If you want to know how to remove “Open to Work” on LinkedIn completely, follow these steps:
- Log in to LinkedIn and click the “Me” icon at the top of your homepage.
- Click “View profile.”
- Locate the “Edit” icon in the “Open to Work” box at the top of your profile.
- Click “Delete from profile.”
- Click “Save.”
That’s it! The “Open to Work” badge will no longer appear on your profile. The feature can be enabled and disabled as many times as you wish. However, your preferences won’t be saved if you choose to re-enable it in the future. Keep that in mind if you’re concerned about the visibility of your data.
How to Make “Open to Work” Invisible to Your Current Company
Are you still interested in new job opportunities but don’t want your current employer to know? In that case, you can use LinkedIn’s “Open to Work” feature without displaying the badge on your profile. To do this, follow these steps:
- Log in to LinkedIn and click “Me” at the top of the homepage.
- Click “View profile” and find the “Edit” icon in the “Open to Work” box.
- Change the visibility to “Recruiters only.”
- Click “Save.”
That’s how to remove “Open to Work” on LinkedIn without disabling the feature entirely. Your profile will still tell the users of LinkedIn Recruiter that you’re open to new job opportunities, but it will exclude the recruiters at your current company. You can receive messages and invitations through the “Open to Work” feature without your current employer ever knowing.
When Is the “Open to Work” Feature Removed Automatically?
LinkedIn may automatically remove the “Open to Work” badge from your profile if you haven’t used the feature in a while. This can happen if you don’t respond to InMails from recruiters. Before deleting the badge, LinkedIn will contact you via email to confirm that you still want to keep the feature turned on. If you don’t respond within a certain number of days, the “Open to Work” badge will be removed from your profile.
When the “Open to Work” badge is removed automatically, you’ll still be able to re-enable it if you want. However, you’ll have to go through the process of manually adding it back to your profile.
Stay on Top of Your LinkedIn Profile
Now you know how to remove “Open to Work” on LinkedIn. Whether you want to hide certain information from your employer or are just trying to keep your profile up-to-date, it’s important to know how to use all the features LinkedIn has to offer.
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