Before learning how to remove ‘open to work’ on LinkedIn, it’s important to understand when to use this option to best suit your pursuits and needs.


In this article, we’ll discuss the Open to Work function on LinkedIn, and how to add or remove this from your profile.


LinkedIn Not Open To Work: When To Remove Open To Work On LinkedIn?


It’s recommended to get the open to work function turned on if you are looking for work, but there are certainly times when you might want to disable this function.


For instance, if your current employer is on LinkedIn and sees your profile displaying “open to work”, they might question your seriousness and commitment when it comes to your current job.


You might also want to remove open to work from LinkedIn if you are getting too many undesirable contacts from employers, and you’d rather just contact your ideal hiring teams yourself.


Next, we’ll look at exactly how to remove the open to work function.

 

How To Remove Open To Work On LinkedIn Photo?


remove open to work On Mobile

 

  1. Open the LinkedIn mobile app and sign in
  2. On your home screen, click on your profile picture
  3. From your profile, click view profile
  4. Now, click your profile picture
  5. Click edit frame
  6. You will have a few different options here, click the preview of your profile picture that does NOT have the “Open to Work” border.


remove open to work On Desktop

 

  1. Go to your LinkedIn homepage and click your profile picture.
  2. From your profile, click your profile picture.
  3. A new window will open, click “frames”.
  4. Select the frame that does not have the “open to work” border.
  5. A new window will open, and you will need to select the first option, which removes “open to work” from your profile picture.

 

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Learning how to remove the #opentowork on LinkedIn can be extremely important.


How To Enable Open To Work On LinkedIn?


Now that we’ve looked at how to remove open to work on LinkedIn, let’s look at when and how to enable this feature.


When To Enable Open To Work On LinkedIn?


Enabling open to work on LinkedIn can increase your chances of being contacted by recruiters.


Only enable this feature when you are serious about taking on new work.


This is because if you have open to work enabled, recruiters are given the green light to contact you.


However, if you’re not actually open to new work, you’ll have to turn that person down which may not be good for your career path.


What happens in the future when you decide you DO want to work with that person? Chances are, they’ll be less likely to hire you now.


Next, we’ll look at how to turn this feature on.

 

Enabling open to work On Mobile

 

  1. Open the LinkedIn mobile app and sign in
  2. On your home screen, click on your profile picture
  3. From your profile, click view profile
  4. Now, click your profile picture
  5. Click edit frame
  6. You will have a few different options here, click the preview of your profile picture that has the “Open to Work” border.


enabling open to work On Desktop

 

  1. Go to your LinkedIn homepage and click your profile picture.
  2. From your profile, click your profile picture.
  3. A new window will open, click “frames”.
  4. Select the frame that does not have the “open to work” border.
  5. A new window will open, and you will need to select the first option, which removes “open to work” from your profile picture.
  6. You can also add “open to work” to your profile by clicking the blue “open to” button under your profile picture, when on your profile page.


LinkedIn Open To Work: Recruiters Only


If you are looking for new work, but you don’t want to offend your current employer, you can choose to only show recruiters on LinkedIn that you are open to work.


This means that only those with LinkedIn recruiter accounts can see that you’re open to new work.


Below, we’ll look at how to use this feature effectively.


How Do You Show Open To Work Only To Recruiters On LinkedIn?

 

  1. From the LinkedIn homepage, click on your profile picture.
  2. From your profile, click “open to”. You can find this below your picture.
  3. A new window will appear.
  4. Make sure the choices highlighted are what you wish to show recruiters.
  5. In this same window, click “choose who sees you’re open” at the bottom of the page.
  6. A menu will open, with the choices to either show everyone on LinkedIn you are open to work, or only show recruiters. Click “recruiters only”.
  7. Click add to profile.
  8. Refresh or preview your profile to ensure the change was made.


Can Recruiters At My Company See I’m Open To Work On LinkedIn?


Recruiters at your company can see that you’re open to work if you have the “open to work” function set to public view.


If you wish to appear open to work only to recruiters, change your settings so that only people with a LinkedIn recruiter account can see your “open to work” status.


If you do choose to only show recruiters that you’re open to work, keep in mind that if someone at your current company has a LinkedIn recruiter account, they will be able to see your open to work status.

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