This statement can be a red flag that you are currently out of work and looking for a job. Sadly, many employers are reluctant to hire someone who isn’t working, because they assume that you must not have been a top employee if you were let go or laid off, according to recruiter Harry Urschel, who blogs at job-hunt.org.
Much better to use the phrase “Open to new opportunities,” which could indicate that you are in a job but seeking to make a change. However, if you are currently employed, you may not want to alert your company that you’re planning on leaving.
You’ll find several popular hashtags on LinkedIn that indicate that you’re open to moving on, but in a more subtle way, such as #ONO (Open to New Opportunities). Or turn on LinkedIn’s Open Candidates feature for your profile. This will discreetly signal recruiters that you are actively job-hunting.
Or, you can trust what Robert Hellmann, a career consultant, wrote in Forbes: Recruiters are always searching LinkedIn for candidates that match positions they need to fill. Even if your profile doesn’t show you’re looking for work, they will still reach out to you to see if you might be interested.