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How to Let People Know You’re Looking for a New Job

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Are you searching for your first job? Or maybe you’re just looking for a new job? Either way, it’s important to let your network of friends, family, and colleagues know that you’re looking!

Your network can be a powerful tool for your job search, as some 80% of jobs are acquired through personal and professional networks.

If you don’t have a LinkedIn account yet, do it now! Trust us on this one. Creating your profile only takes a few minutes and allows you to get your name out there and start making connections. LinkedIn is also the perfect platform to announce that you’re searching for a job. Making a simple post announcing that you’re searching allows your network to refer you to potential opportunities that you might not hear about through typical job boards. It could even get you one step ahead with a personal recommendation depending on your relationship with your connection!

With all of this in mind, here are a few tips and a basic template that will tell others that you’re looking for a new job and put you on the right track towards finding your next role. Feel free to make any edits to adapt to your specific needs and goals.

How to Create the Perfect LinkedIn Post to Announce Your Job Search

Posting on LinkedIn is a solid way to make a connection that can lead to finding your next role. Because of the nature of LinkedIn, your post will show up on the feeds of anyone in your network, as well as their entire network if they interact with your post. While it won’t automatically guarantee you get noticed (you’ll have to do some direct networking as well), it’s a great start to get your name out there.

Here’s what you can include to create a solid job announcement post on LinkedIn:

  1. Why You’re Looking for a New Job: (common reasons include graduating, moving to a different city, switching industries, or returning to work after a period of not working).
  2. Accomplishment Highlight: Hype yourself up to your network by sharing a professional achievement
  3. Relevant Skills and Interests: Share what you’re good at or what you’re looking to leverage in your new role. Also, include the industry or industries you may be interested in.
  4. Call-to-Action: Be specific with your goal. Do you want people in your network to reach out with links to job ads or only directly with referrals? Or maybe you just want to be connected with someone at a company you’d like to work for.

Job Search Announcement Template if You Have Experience

Hi everyone! I am currently living in [LOCATION] and looking for a job in the area. I come from a background in [INDUSTRY]. I have [NUMBER] years of experience in [SPECIFIC SKILLS RELATED TO YOUR ROLE] and at my previous employer, [PREVIOUS EMPLOYER], I [YOUR ROLE + AN ACCOMPLISHMENT]. Some of my other skills include [SKILL], [SKILL], and [SKILL] that I’m hoping to leverage in the [INDUSTRY] industry.

If anyone knows of a job opening at a company where I would be a good fit, I’d appreciate if you could send them my way! If you have any recommendations on who I could speak to, I would be happy to connect as well.

Job Search Announcement Template if You Have No Experience

Hi everyone! I am currently living in [LOCATION] and looking for a job in the area. I have a degree in [DEGREE] and I’m hoping to gain experience in [SPECIFIC SKILLS RELATED TO YOUR DEGREE OR CAREER INTERESTS]. Through my education and previous experience in [PREVIOUS JOB THAT HAS TRANSFERRABLE SKILLS, IF APPLICABLE], I learned [TRANSFERRABLE SKILLS ex. Customer service, communication, leadership] that I’m hoping to leverage in my career.

If anyone knows of a job opening at a company where I would be a good fit, I’d appreciate if you could send them my way! If you have any recommendations on who I could speak to, I would be happy to connect.

Networking is a powerful tool in your job search, and these templates are a solid start to getting connected to some great opportunities. Don’t forget, we at Avenica are happy to help you with your job search. Just apply to one of our open roles and we’ll help you get your foot in the door at a company you’ll love.

If you’re looking for information on how to kickstart your career, contact Avenica or browse jobs today! We help our entry-level job seekers find positions that fit their expertise and career goals.