What do you think about posting a status informing your network that you are on the market? What are the pros and cons? and if you do, what is the suggested language to use?
Date: 14 Jan 2014 16:19
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I don't use linkedin but I'm not sure I see the strategy here. It's a buyer's market; schools get way more applications for psych positions than they can handle nowadays given that the market is so tight. I can't imagine there are schools so desperate for applicants that they're going to look on linked in to see who's looking for a job and ask them to apply instead of just dealing with the candidates who did apply to the opening.
The only way this MIGHT even make sense to me is if you're later-career, and a good candidate for an endowed position, chair position, or a high-level neuro position. Those jobs might be using head hunters to find candidates and attempt to recruit them away from their current jobs. But, I'm not really sure linked in would be a good thing in those cases anyway.
On the flip side, perhaps if a school had an opening that you'd be a good fit for, and someone saw what you posted, they might recommend to you that you apply. But, this might only be a benefit if you hadn't already seen the posting for the job yourself.
There are no cons in my view. It might not be very useful for an academic job search, but if you are open to a position outside the academia posting on LinkedIn could definitely help.