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2018-09-12 06:10:58 PM  
I've never met a recruiter on there.

Nope.

I've never gotten a job.

This.

I understand that I'm using LinkedIn wrong


Don't farking care.  Agreed, Linkedin sucks.
 
2018-09-12 06:25:35 PM  
I get at least one recruiter every 3 months or so. I always engage them, even if I am not interested in that particular job. I might know someone, or they might have something else come up later. I don't get any spam via LinkedIn.
 
2018-09-12 06:25:39 PM  
I don't do LinkedIn.  I'm still getting email reminders for a LinkedIn request from somebody I interviewed for a job (I was doing the hiring, he was applying) about *7 years* ago.  This is why I don't do LinkedIn.
 
2018-09-12 06:30:55 PM  
I gave up linkedin years ago.  I never understood the point of it.
 
2018-09-12 06:40:21 PM  
I guess the Obvious tag was out looking for a job.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2018-09-12 06:43:38 PM  
Most of my new company is recent college grads who don't use LinkedIn. It's gone the way of the trilobite.

(Technically, recent grad school grads.)
 
2018-09-12 06:48:45 PM  
I've been told to find a job I should join LinkedIn because it's the first source for recruiters and a lot of jobs are available there that are not on other sites.  I currently am looking for work mostly using Indeed - because I really like how the site is set up.
I've also been told when applying for work through Indeed, a lot of companies will go check to see if I'm on LinkedIn and if I'm not, it's perceived as a negative.
I was on LinkedIn about 10 years ago.  I lost interest when I noticed how much it resembled Facebook. I remember seeing people i'd worked with posting past/current jobs and really stretching what they accomplished.  It all seemed so bloody fake - just like the shiny, happy smiles I used to see on Facebook.
Right now I'm seriously wondering if I should join again because of the number of people who say I "should" join.
Recently I asked a friend if they were ever contacted on LinkedIn.  I could not get a straight answer but was told I should join.  During the same conversation, this friend mentioned to me that their child's school crossing-guard was trying to connect on LinkedIn and they were not going to accept the invitation because they did not want a crossing guard contact appearing along with a CEO contact.
That pretty much explains why I don't want to join LinkedIn.
 
2018-09-12 06:50:29 PM  
I got a job via LinkedIn.
 
2018-09-12 06:59:41 PM  
You know I was just thinking to myself that I don't get enough recruiters cold-contacting me to offer a job for half my current wage in a city on the other side of the country for a two month contract.  Time to dust off my old profile, so many new credentials to update like my 20 years of windows 10 experience and we can't forget that critical litany of *AAS experience.

/I actually have like five endorsements for "turning it off and on again" on my profile if I remember correctly.
 
2018-09-12 07:01:59 PM  
Linkedin is where you put people at an arms length, and for that alone it serves a purpose.  I've gotten a couple interviews with people who reached out to me, but if I had a job that I liked and didn't plan on leaving, I'd look at it maybe twice a year.

I mean, at my age, I'm probably not going to meet new lifelong friends...and if I do, it won't be through a social network.
 
2018-09-12 07:02:19 PM  
"I've never met a recruiter on there."

A brilliant sentence in a brilliant article by a guy who calls himself a writer.
 
2018-09-12 07:06:13 PM  
The last few hires in my team have been found via Linkedin.  It is really handy when you are looking for highly skilled engineers with a particular skill set.  If you need a cashier for your Go Mart, not so much.
 
2018-09-12 07:09:53 PM  

Unobtanium: I get at least one recruiter every 3 months or so. I always engage them, even if I am not interested in that particular job. I might know someone, or they might have something else come up later. I don't get any spam via LinkedIn.


I constantly get spam from linkedin. All linkedin emails go straight to my spam folder but I go enjoy looking through them everyone in a while. "You appeared in 13 searches." Yeah I'm sure Bank of America and Lululemom are looking for electrical engineers with experience in municipal water systems.

What's most amazing is I have never set up a linkedIn account.
 
2018-09-12 07:17:40 PM  
Sum total of my LinkedIn experience:

[someone you don't know] endorsed you for [a skill I don't have]
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2018-09-12 07:25:56 PM  
I've been endorsed in a skill by the guy who wrote the book on the subject. And by a former office manager who doesn't know what it means but likes me. As far as I know nobody has ever considered either vote deciding whether to contact or hire me.
 
2018-09-12 07:26:24 PM  

GRCooper: Sum total of my LinkedIn experience:

[someone you don't know] endorsed you for [a skill I don't have]


You're not an experienced cat food taste tester? I apologize.
 
2018-09-12 07:28:00 PM  
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2018-09-12 07:30:24 PM  
The only thing I use it for is to see what old coworkers are up to.
 
2018-09-12 07:30:55 PM  
You've never met a recruiter on there? What does that mean? You've never gotten a message from a recruiter? I get two a day even though my profile is sparse as fark.
 
2018-09-12 07:31:52 PM  
LinkedIn reminds me of a time I was unemployed for over a year. I used to go to these "networking" events where we'd pay a little money, eat some snacks, quaff a beer, and chat. We were all unemployed. None of us were going to hire anyone and no recruiters were there. It was pointless.

At least with LinkedIn I can see updates from people I'm connected to and then exclaim out loud "How the fark did that idiot get that job?"
 
2018-09-12 07:47:38 PM  
I was hoping that the article was about displaced escorts from Backpage making their way to LinkedIn.

/Real go-getter with a head for oral people skills
//Outside-of-the-box solutions at competitive rates
///Sex pun
 
2018-09-12 07:50:00 PM  

HempHead: I got a job via LinkedIn.


Same.  Got a job via a recruiter who found me on LinkedIn
 
2018-09-12 07:50:12 PM  
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2018-09-12 07:53:03 PM  

Mad_Radhu: [img.fark.net image 425x298]


That's not a moustache - it's a swarm of bees on his upper lip.
 
2018-09-12 07:57:46 PM  
He's sounds angry or on a deadline.  LinkedIn has been moderately useful for me finding a jobs and connecting with folks whom I know professionally but not personally.  Not sure what the author expected.
 
2018-09-12 08:00:31 PM  
Got my job via LinkedIn. I am contacted by random recruiters at least once a week. I always contact them back (even though I'm not looking) and refer them to friends I know who are looking for a job. I've helped two of my friends get jobs this way. Keep your profile up to date, always be expanding your network, and be very, very active. Post stuff, repost stuff, "like" stuff. LinkedIn can be extremely useful if you play the game.
 
2018-09-12 08:02:26 PM  

Chemlight Battery: Got my job via LinkedIn. I am contacted by random recruiters at least once a week. I always contact them back (even though I'm not looking) and refer them to friends I know who are looking for a job. I've helped two of my friends get jobs this way. Keep your profile up to date, always be expanding your network, and be very, very active. Post stuff, repost stuff, "like" stuff. LinkedIn can be extremely useful if you play the game.


Also, if you're actively looking for a job, pay for the premium. It's worth it.
 
2018-09-12 08:02:51 PM  
My last three jobs were via recruiters reaching out to my LinkedIn profile. I get one or two job offers a week on LinkedIn. I have no idea what you guys are doing or why you do not find it useful. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
 
2018-09-12 08:03:30 PM  

max_pooper: Unobtanium: I get at least one recruiter every 3 months or so. I always engage them, even if I am not interested in that particular job. I might know someone, or they might have something else come up later. I don't get any spam via LinkedIn.

I constantly get spam from linkedin. All linkedin emails go straight to my spam folder but I go enjoy looking through them everyone in a while. "You appeared in 13 searches." Yeah I'm sure Bank of America and Lululemom are looking for electrical engineers with experience in municipal water systems.

What's most amazing is I have never set up a linkedIn account.


Pretty much my experience.  I think LinkedIn had a setting to automatically spam everybody in a user's address book, so I was getting a lot of students requesting me for their LinkedIn (I work in a college).  I finally figured out how to shut the shiat off, but it was annoying as hell and I'll never, ever use it.
 
2018-09-12 08:03:39 PM  

Chemlight Battery: Chemlight Battery: Got my job via LinkedIn. I am contacted by random recruiters at least once a week. I always contact them back (even though I'm not looking) and refer them to friends I know who are looking for a job. I've helped two of my friends get jobs this way. Keep your profile up to date, always be expanding your network, and be very, very active. Post stuff, repost stuff, "like" stuff. LinkedIn can be extremely useful if you play the game.

Also, if you're actively looking for a job, pay for the premium. It's worth it.


Definitely. The premium is worth every penny if you're aggressively job hunting and want recruiters to reach out enmasse
 
2018-09-12 08:04:28 PM  
I got my job off LinkedIn about 8 years ago. Didn't have a curated profile or anything.. just my resume, the basics(work history in my profile), and that I was looking for work. HR person for a small business found it and invited me for an interview. Wam bam. Don't think I've updated it since then
 
2018-09-12 08:15:51 PM  

SlashBlot: Chemlight Battery: Chemlight Battery: Got my job via LinkedIn. I am contacted by random recruiters at least once a week. I always contact them back (even though I'm not looking) and refer them to friends I know who are looking for a job. I've helped two of my friends get jobs this way. Keep your profile up to date, always be expanding your network, and be very, very active. Post stuff, repost stuff, "like" stuff. LinkedIn can be extremely useful if you play the game.

Also, if you're actively looking for a job, pay for the premium. It's worth it.

Definitely. The premium is worth every penny if you're aggressively job hunting and want recruiters to reach out enmasse


And if you believe that recruiters are barely-sentient knuckle-draggers with good hair who couldn't poor water out of a boot if you wrote instructions on the heel? If you've seen mid-level managers swear out loud when they learned HR was forcing them to use one of these companies to fill their staffing needs? If you've been tempted, in past convos with these losers, to say, "Pop quiz: Do you know what Tableau is?" If this Fark post is literally the first time you've seen anyone--job seeker or employer--say something generally positive about the industry?

Is premium worth it then?

/LI is good for job searches.
//Recruiters are good for practice for real employers.
 
2018-09-12 08:21:49 PM  

Fabric_Man: And if you believe that recruiters are barely-sentient knuckle-draggers with good hair who couldn't poor water out of a boot if you wrote instructions on the heel? If you've seen mid-level managers swear out loud when they learned HR was forcing them to use one of these companies to fill their staffing needs? If you've been tempted, in past convos with these losers, to say, "Pop quiz: Do you know what Tableau is?" If this Fark post is literally the first time you've seen anyone--job seeker or employer--say something generally positive about the industry?

Is premium worth it then?


Yes. And I've bolded why.
 
2018-09-12 08:32:58 PM  
I got a LinkedIn request from a caricature artist I've worked with a few times (I do face paint). He's a nice guy, fine to work with. It's just like...dude, I don't think our industry works that way. No one "recruits" for event-based artists.

.....that I know of, anyway.
 
2018-09-12 08:39:02 PM  

SlashBlot: Chemlight Battery: Chemlight Battery: Got my job via LinkedIn. I am contacted by random recruiters at least once a week. I always contact them back (even though I'm not looking) and refer them to friends I know who are looking for a job. I've helped two of my friends get jobs this way. Keep your profile up to date, always be expanding your network, and be very, very active. Post stuff, repost stuff, "like" stuff. LinkedIn can be extremely useful if you play the game.

Also, if you're actively looking for a job, pay for the premium. It's worth it.

Definitely. The premium is worth every penny if you're aggressively job hunting and want recruiters to reach out enmasse


You can also customize your url, picking something related to,the job you want will increase the number of  search results you end up in.
 
2018-09-12 08:45:22 PM  

Fabric_Man: SlashBlot: Chemlight Battery: Chemlight Battery: Got my job via LinkedIn. I am contacted by random recruiters at least once a week. I always contact them back (even though I'm not looking) and refer them to friends I know who are looking for a job. I've helped two of my friends get jobs this way. Keep your profile up to date, always be expanding your network, and be very, very active. Post stuff, repost stuff, "like" stuff. LinkedIn can be extremely useful if you play the game.

Also, if you're actively looking for a job, pay for the premium. It's worth it.

Definitely. The premium is worth every penny if you're aggressively job hunting and want recruiters to reach out enmasse

And if you believe that recruiters are barely-sentient knuckle-draggers with good hair who couldn't poor water out of a boot if you wrote instructions on the heel? If you've seen mid-level managers swear out loud when they learned HR was forcing them to use one of these companies to fill their staffing needs? If you've been tempted, in past convos with these losers, to say, "Pop quiz: Do you know what Tableau is?" If this Fark post is literally the first time you've seen anyone--job seeker or employer--say something generally positive about the industry?

Is premium worth it then?

/LI is good for job searches.
//Recruiters are good for practice for real employers.


I'm a lawyer doing legal services on the side. The vast majority of my employment prospects is outsourced to recruiters. Not all industries are equal.
 
2018-09-12 08:46:25 PM  
I've been looking for a job for over a year, and I know I should take all the advice above, but the saccharine humblebrags and false enthusiasm for all things corporate are damn near vomit inducing.

On a related note, I like the author's answer to the banal "So do you have any big plans for the coming year?" question from a random sycophant:

"Gonna shoot some rats out by the dump"

That shiat is funny and I will be using that whenever possible.
 
2018-09-12 08:49:10 PM  

basicstock: I've been told to find a job I should join LinkedIn because it's the first source for recruiters and a lot of jobs are available there that are not on other sites.  I currently am looking for work mostly using Indeed - because I really like how the site is set up.
I've also been told when applying for work through Indeed, a lot of companies will go check to see if I'm on LinkedIn and if I'm not, it's perceived as a negative.
I was on LinkedIn about 10 years ago.  I lost interest when I noticed how much it resembled Facebook. I remember seeing people i'd worked with posting past/current jobs and really stretching what they accomplished.  It all seemed so bloody fake - just like the shiny, happy smiles I used to see on Facebook.
Right now I'm seriously wondering if I should join again because of the number of people who say I "should" join.
Recently I asked a friend if they were ever contacted on LinkedIn.  I could not get a straight answer but was told I should join.  During the same conversation, this friend mentioned to me that their child's school crossing-guard was trying to connect on LinkedIn and they were not going to accept the invitation because they did not want a crossing guard contact appearing along with a CEO contact.
That pretty much explains why I don't want to join LinkedIn.


As a former recruiting support person...LinkedIn was very easy to search for candidates for free.  It's a good starting point for a search, and an easy way for recruiters to leverage other people's existing networks for candidates.
 
2018-09-12 08:59:04 PM  
I got my last 2 jobs through LinkedIn. I ignored it until I was in the market, then just accepted all the recruiter invites when it was time. I had an interview within a week. It probably all depends on the industry.
 
2018-09-12 09:13:04 PM  

Chemlight Battery: Got my job via LinkedIn. I am contacted by random recruiters at least once a week. I always contact them back (even though I'm not looking) and refer them to friends I know who are looking for a job. I've helped two of my friends get jobs this way. Keep your profile up to date, always be expanding your network, and be very, very active. Post stuff, repost stuff, "like" stuff. LinkedIn can be extremely useful if you play the game.


I'm a consultant and LinkedIn is a huge boon to me. Lots of trading of favours and keeping track of former colleagues as we all move around without having to pretend to care about their social lives
 
2018-09-12 09:27:48 PM  
I found LinkedIn to be useful.    I got my last 2 jobs from there.   More importantly, it lets me know (back when I was looking for a job) when my resumes/contacts were actually being looked at.

Apply to this company... days go by, and you notice that someone from that company is sniffing around your LinkedIn profile.   Hey, start preparing yourself for the call... 

I'm not an "influencer".  I'm not trying to market myself as a leader in anything.   I have made ZERO posts on linked in.  And I accept connection requests from co-workers or recruiters only.  

There are many ways to get a job.  Like all the others, LinkedIn is a tool... which may be appropriate for your situation or not.   And like any other tool... not using it appropriately is going to help no one at all.   "I have 10,000 contacts, and can't find a job".... maybe because you have 10,000 contacts, none of them offering jobs, and treating it like a friendly get together.

Meanwhile, I log in, and I have 4 announcements for companies in the Tampa Area, looking for incident response SME's/analysts, etc..  you know, my field.  Not interested now, but I might be down the road.  It depends on if denise down the hall here will get off her farking speaker phone because the rest of us DON"T farkING CARE ABOUT YOUR KIDS HEALTHCARE DENISE!
 
2018-09-12 09:32:25 PM  

edmo: At least with LinkedIn I can see updates from people I'm connected to and then exclaim out loud "How the fark did that idiot get that job?"


This times a thousand.
 
2018-09-12 09:44:42 PM  
In my recent search all I got was contacts from recruiters on linked in. At least half were of the "looking at your qualifications we think you'd be perfect you start your own insurance agency!" type, and the other half were dead ends as soon as they actually read my resume and discovered I'm neither degreed nor an electrical engineer.
Found my dream job on indeed. A month later I'm finally getting calls for opportunities from recruiters that I contacted myself.
 
2018-09-12 09:56:28 PM  
Every time I log into LinkedIn the next morning I am hit with 10-20 IT talent salesweasels calling me.
 
2018-09-12 10:14:24 PM  

ZAZ: Most of my new company is recent college grads who don't use LinkedIn. It's gone the way of the trilobite.

(Technically, recent grad school grads.)


So no practical knowledge..
Expendable...
 
2018-09-12 10:15:53 PM  

BumpInTheNight: You know I was just thinking to myself that I don't get enough recruiters cold-contacting me to offer a job for half my current wage in a city on the other side of the country for a two month contract.  Time to dust off my old profile, so many new credentials to update like my 20 years of windows 10 experience and we can't forget that critical litany of *AAS experience.

/I actually have like five endorsements for "turning it off and on again" on my profile if I remember correctly.


Windows 2000 Advanced server knowledge brings the ladies...
At Walmart
 
2018-09-12 10:21:54 PM  

Reyito: I found LinkedIn to be useful.    I got my last 2 jobs from there.   More importantly, it lets me know (back when I was looking for a job) when my resumes/contacts were actually being looked at.

Apply to this company... days go by, and you notice that someone from that company is sniffing around your LinkedIn profile.   Hey, start preparing yourself for the call... 

I'm not an "influencer".  I'm not trying to market myself as a leader in anything.   I have made ZERO posts on linked in.  And I accept connection requests from co-workers or recruiters only.  

There are many ways to get a job.  Like all the others, LinkedIn is a tool... which may be appropriate for your situation or not.   And like any other tool... not using it appropriately is going to help no one at all.   "I have 10,000 contacts, and can't find a job".... maybe because you have 10,000 contacts, none of them offering jobs, and treating it like a friendly get together.

Meanwhile, I log in, and I have 4 announcements for companies in the Tampa Area, looking for incident response SME's/analysts, etc..  you know, my field.  Not interested now, but I might be down the road.  It depends on if denise down the hall here will get off her farking speaker phone because the rest of us DON"T farkING CARE ABOUT YOUR KIDS HEALTHCARE DENISE!


Nice shooting, Xanthar
 
2018-09-12 10:41:52 PM  
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2018-09-12 11:25:09 PM  
No cat videos. No one cares that your thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the latest natural disaster. No one cares that you're deeply shocked about the death of the latest young celebrity. No one cares what you think about Trump or Hillary. No one cares about your new baby, or where you went on vacation. It's all business on LinkedIn.

I like LinkedIn.
 
2018-09-12 11:28:50 PM  

BlazeTrailer: Nice shooting, Xanthar

Didn't get the reference, and couldn't google anything.   I will assume it was clever and funny though.

/xanthar was a wizard?
 
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