LinkedIn has long been the go to service for professionals and executives who wish to be found by executive recruiters. It's never been an ideal solution for this - it's public and is also used by every sales person on the planet - but events in California mean that updating your profile on LinkedIn is now far more likely to lead to your changes being noticed by the wrong people.
That's because, a month or so ago, LinkedIn lost a court case with HiQ Labs. HiQ provides a service to corporate clients, monitoring the social network to identify which employees are at risk. LinkedIn wanted to prevent this taking place - they lost.
The case returned to court this week and time will tell how events will play out. For now though, executives wishing to be "on the radar" may prefer to register with GatedTalent - allowing them to be found by the World's leading executive recruiters - but without giving up their privacy!
The 5-year-old HiQ scrapes LinkedIn's publicly available pages, analyzes the information to determine which employees are at risk of being poached, and then sells its findings to employers.