Some of us are currently employed, but seeking new opportunities. In those situations, you need to be careful and avoid indicating to your employer that you're looking. Putting an email address in your LinkedIn summary encourages more networking opportunities.
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If you already know the person, they can send you a message through LinkedIn. They can also send a premium "InMail" message, but that costs them money. The Muse has an alternative idea:
Subtle hints can go a long way, and your LinkedIn summary is a perfect place to start. While you can't come right out and announce that you're looking (like your friend who got laid off did), you can present a call to action in the summary that encourages people to contact you and provides a very easy way to do just that.
Example: "I'm fascinated by all things digital marketing and enjoy meeting like-minded people. Feel free to contact me at [email protected]
I'd suggest using a unique Gmail address so you can track these contacts and filter them out if you get flooded with requests.
Hit the link for other ways of letting potential employers you've got a "complicated" relationship with your current job.