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(Time)   Nine mistakes you're making on LinkedIn. Conspicuously absent from the list: being on LinkedIn in the first place   (business.time.com) divider line 59
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9061 clicks; posted to Main » on 29 Dec 2012 at 3:37 AM (2 years ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2012-12-29 02:38:21 PM  
Tip: You can change your default URL (ie jsmith343) to something cool like javaguru or farkposter.
 
2012-12-29 03:42:32 PM  

Polyhazard: itsfullofstars: aerojockey: LinkedIn is for the subset of workers whose job is to do things like "foster relationships" and "expand connections".

IOW, for people who are completely useless at anything productive.

The days of coders working in a dark corner in near total isolation are over. As as the days where you could hold a job for 10+ years.

Yet this attitude is strangely pervasive.

These are often the same folks who show nothing but contempt for the end user, the buying process, or the system that makes what they do have any economic value in the first place.

And they're often also the ones who think they're being turned down for positions because of affirmative action, or "feminization," or whatever. They don't even acknowledge that "soft skills" exist, because they simply don't have them.


These are the same people who think all managers and execs are pedantic parasites, that sales doesn't really do anything, and that product development teams, marketing professionals, and technical account managers just state the terribly obvious. Because of their tunnel vision, they do not appreciate or even see the entire ecosystem of support systems necessary to make their esoteric skill into something that is highly valuable. They think they are the only ones doing the real work, and that no one else matters. A lot of companies with great technology have failed because of this attitude.
 
2012-12-29 04:06:43 PM  
I created a profile like 8 years ago, have not touched it since. In those 8 years I have only recieved friend requests or whatever they are called from people who just suck at their job. The only people in my profession that use Linkedin that I know of are the idiots who somehow got hired in the first place.

//software engineer
 
2012-12-29 09:08:34 PM  

amundb: I created a profile like 8 years ago, have not touched it since. In those 8 years I have only recieved friend requests or whatever they are called from people who just suck at their job. The only people in my profession that use Linkedin that I know of are the idiots who somehow got hired in the first place.

//software engineer


So a tool you've never actually put any effort into using hasn't magically gotten up and sucked your dick?

You don't say?
 
2012-12-29 10:42:48 PM  
I've never gotten anything useful out of that service.
 
2012-12-29 10:44:16 PM  

amundb: I created a profile like 8 years ago, have not touched it since. In those 8 years I have only recieved friend requests or whatever they are called from people who just suck at their job. The only people in my profession that use Linkedin that I know of are the idiots who somehow got hired in the first place.

//software engineer


Seriously, Mr. software engineer, if someone said to you 'I installed your software 8 years ago and then never touched it again. Why hasn't it made my life better?' you'd call them an idiot, wouldn't you?
 
2012-12-29 11:14:33 PM  
A useful tool for recruiters who bug me at least once a week.
 
2012-12-30 10:01:56 AM  

StopLurkListen: StopLurkListen: You can change the default "I'd like to add you to my professional network" message? Huh, really.
They'd changed the interface so many times I don't even know where the "invite" UI is anymore... Much less how to change the message.
Other than that, I like and use LinkedIn.

Found the invite UI: "Add Connections" in green text in upper right; click on "Any Email" icon; then click on "Invite by individual email" text; type the email address

... Step 5: "Change the default email message"? ...Darned if I can find it.


There is ONE default invitation. You don't create a new default, you edit the default with every invitation to connect you send.
 
2012-12-30 10:33:54 PM  

MycroftHolmes: Polyhazard: itsfullofstars: aerojockey: LinkedIn is for the subset of workers whose job is to do things like "foster relationships" and "expand connections".

IOW, for people who are completely useless at anything productive.

The days of coders working in a dark corner in near total isolation are over. As as the days where you could hold a job for 10+ years.

Yet this attitude is strangely pervasive.

These are often the same folks who show nothing but contempt for the end user, the buying process, or the system that makes what they do have any economic value in the first place.

And they're often also the ones who think they're being turned down for positions because of affirmative action, or "feminization," or whatever. They don't even acknowledge that "soft skills" exist, because they simply don't have them.

These are the same people who think all managers and execs are pedantic parasites, that sales doesn't really do anything, and that product development teams, marketing professionals, and technical account managers just state the terribly obvious. Because of their tunnel vision, they do not appreciate or even see the entire ecosystem of support systems necessary to make their esoteric skill into something that is highly valuable. They think they are the only ones doing the real work, and that no one else matters. A lot of companies with great technology have failed because of this attitude.


Linkedin is not designed for YOUR benefit. Its designed for SALES PEOPLE. Its designed for LEADS. That includes recruiters. Its also designed for ass-clowns that are either to lazy or dumb to know how to post their resume on Monster.
I would NEVER join this abusive "networking" site. Why would you want ANYONE that isnt in your own phone or email contact list to reach you or look at your background? You dont. I strongly urge every person I meet to cancel their profiles on Linkedin. The only thing Linkedin is good for are for people in sales. WHY? I can find you! Thanks for telling me where you are moron.
 
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