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382 clicks; posted to Discussion » on 28 Sep 2022 at 6:35 PM (9 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2022-09-28 3:36:36 PM  
why'd we have to wait so long?
 
2022-09-28 3:41:13 PM  
I only use it when job hunting.
 
2022-09-28 4:03:56 PM  
I have got one job interview from there, but mostly I get  a weekly list of the people who viewed my profile and didn't follow up.

/I should probably update my resumé
 
2022-09-28 4:17:03 PM  
I got on LinkedIn during a career shift. I've kept it, but I could probably do without it. I do occasionally get recruiters who want to talk to me, but I am unlikely to leave. I'll usually engage just to tell them I am not interested, but maybe I do know a good fit.

The other stuff I get are:

Sales people (hey, I get that, our sales teams use it, too) who many times haven't done even basic research on our company (we're publicly traded and have a farking website).
Women, I mean like nail technicians from Illinois, or hairdressers from wherever. I don't accept their connection requests and have no idea what the underlying motive is.
Job Seekers. I don't have hiring authority.
Occasionally someone in my profession or related to it who actually has useful stuff.

As for the posts. Just. Damn. "I know this isn't Facebook, but I am gonna post about my kids or grandkids anyway." And anybody that posts Trump shiat gets blocked and/or unfollowed.
 
2022-09-28 4:17:14 PM  
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2022-09-28 4:22:20 PM  
I post there several times a week - always an interesting (scientific papers, court cases, etc. and not pr drivel) - and I've built up a small (~100) set of quality connections in my industry (which is niche already) who comment seriously. LinkedIn can be a good place to network but you a) need to have something real to say and b) need to find the group of folks who want to hear it. Both of these are work.

You can get back what you put in.
 
2022-09-28 4:28:57 PM  
Where've you been?
 
2022-09-28 4:31:38 PM  
Abandoned it after a password breach.  I don't remember if MS owned it then, probably.

If your account was viewed by Heywood Jablome, that was me.  :-)
 
2022-09-28 4:42:19 PM  
I said I wanted a job as an astronaut, but nearby.

They send me openings.

To be an astronaut

As Sheetz
 
2022-09-28 5:23:22 PM  
What do you mean finally?
 
2022-09-28 5:37:13 PM  
I look forward to someday updating my LinkedIn status to "Retired, fark off once and for all you bloodsucking leech recruiter bastards".
 
2022-09-28 5:52:02 PM  
I work in tech, so maybe it has a bit more value for me these days than most people, but it is fine for me and gets me very well paying contract work w/o any take of a percentage of my income such as upwork or other freelance sites

Plus, as a freelancer, it does help me stay connected to people in Companies I've contracted with in the past, which has also lead to additional income

Frankly, the only people who seriously think LinkedIn has no value probably don't work in professions that are deemed valuable on LinkedIn

One pointer I do have that I think is worth sharing: Don't add your friends, family, recruiters or random acquaintances to your network. It's not facebook. I don't focus on having thousands of connections, I only have a couple hundred, but they are all high value, legit connections that work within my profession that will provide good references and in positions at my level or higher
 
2022-09-28 5:55:13 PM  
Meh. I get on there when I want a new contract and tweak up my settings, upgrade to premium for a month. The calls come in, and Bob's your uncle. So it works to that extent., Otherwise, I have zero interest.
 
2022-09-28 6:19:43 PM  
Was the first step in getting hired at my present job
Smart enough for me
 
2022-09-28 6:45:01 PM  
It's useful if you're a targeted demographic. In 2018, I was dating a woman of Sri Lankan descent who worked in the tech field (UX, UI). For a few months, she was being headhunted on LinkedIn by Cisco, Facebook, Google, and a handful of other tech companies all at the same time.
 
2022-09-28 6:47:03 PM  
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2022-09-28 6:48:41 PM  
I've been pondering finally jumping on it for some job searching. But I loathe social media that doesn't have the option for anonymity, and still have a heaping ton of impostor syndrome and fear of not being good enough. Joy.
 
2022-09-28 6:51:44 PM  
I like it for connecting with NFPs amd other social service agencies in the same field as mine to share information and best practices.
 
2022-09-28 7:05:24 PM  
I got my current job through a friend.  They asked her "Why isn't he on LinkedIn?" after I submitted my resume.
I used to have an account but I closed it down a while ago.
I would look up the profiles of people I had worked with and was astounded by how many would stretch the truth.  Some made it seem like they saved the company, yet were complete assholes to work with.
These same people would post articles that they liked when I knew they were not the type of people to even bother with the subject at hand.
As with most social media, there is a lot of bloviating.
 
2022-09-28 7:30:07 PM  
Was dinking around with it one time and found

J. Frank Parnell
Independent Biotechnology Professional
Roswell, New Mexico, United States


almost sent a contact request
 
2022-09-28 7:39:39 PM  

Billy Liar: Was dinking around with it one time and found

J. Frank Parnell
Independent Biotechnology Professional
Roswell, New Mexico, United States


almost sent a contact request


All the links I get are for Chicago area jobs. I'm in Peoria.
 
2022-09-28 7:44:17 PM  
I'm on the blasted platform.  Have gotten a few interviews that started via LinkedIn, and I do keep in touch with a few solid recruiters that I've used to land people for jobs I was hiring for, and have used them for my own job searches occasionally.  That said--got my first job in marketing tech via the classifieds in the early 90s, second job (IT) also via classifieds in the mid 90s, and since then my last two jobs were personal references who recruited me.
 
2022-09-28 7:50:54 PM  
As a professor, I used to get LinkyDink connection requests from students (before my email began filtering them out as "Social.")  I noticed early on that it was almost always the low-performing students sending these requests, which made sense:  you get a STEM degree with more than a 3.0 and you don't really need to network very hard to get a job.

Later the school wanted us to create our own LinkyDink accounts to provide some kind of online presence, which surprised me because I had mentally associated LinkyDink with kids who got Cs and Ds and are trying to stop working at Applebee's.
 
2022-09-28 8:16:04 PM  
I like LinkedIn because I don't do Facebook or anything else where I use my real name, so it's a way to keep track of people I don't have much to say to. It's fun to see names of friends and colleagues pop up occasionally. I see posts from a college girlfriend who now claims to be a spiritual advisor who puts up embarrassingly illogical inspirational/spiritual videos. Total scam.

I also get requests to connect from sales reps who want me to buy their products for my university, which I reject. Lately I've been getting email from schmucks use software that's clever enough to scrape my employer before going to the generic spam:

I was browsing your background and experience with <mumble> University and it piqued my interest - so I thought I'd reach out. I head up franchise development for <cough>, a rapidly-expanding fitness franchise.

If you read my profile you'd be like, "this dude is the last person who would give a fark about a fitness franchise." I ignore the email and get the obligatory two plaintive followup messages before the script ends.

I'd like to bury my foot up to the heel in the ass of the people at Salesforce who enable this nonsense.
 
2022-09-28 8:48:50 PM  

Billy Liar: Was dinking around with it one time and found

J. Frank Parnell
Independent Biotechnology Professional
Roswell, New Mexico, United States


almost sent a contact request


I'm a professional fry cook and I use it  for contacts so one day soon I can move up to manager.
 
2022-09-28 8:52:41 PM  

Clash City Farker: Billy Liar: Was dinking around with it one time and found

J. Frank Parnell
Independent Biotechnology Professional
Roswell, New Mexico, United States


almost sent a contact request

I'm a professional fry cook and I use it  for contacts so one day soon I can move up to manager.


King

/Lorna Doones
 
2022-09-28 8:56:24 PM  
I used it when I did recruiting but mostly to see how their profile compared to their resume (people typically lie on resumes but forget to update LinkedIn). When I was in Business Development, I'd use it to find the contact I needed or to research said contact so I could find things in common to talk about.
 
2022-09-28 8:57:59 PM  
It's about the only way I can network online without randomly emailing people I don't or barely know and pretend to care about them and feel uber fake doing so. Plus a direct map of your connections to a company is pretty useful. And my industry is 110% about who you know, and I have this weird tendency to land jobs where I'm the one video production guy at a workplace focused on something else.

Now, if only I could get myself to use it more...
 
2022-09-28 9:10:08 PM  

Duck_of_Doom: I've been pondering finally jumping on it for some job searching. But I loathe social media that doesn't have the option for anonymity, and still have a heaping ton of impostor syndrome and fear of not being good enough. Joy.


Unless you're in a specialized field, LinkedIn isn't the best place to job search. Zip Recruiter and Indeed are better for that. Most companies don't do normal hiring anymore; they rely on recruiters who use keyword searches on resume databases or the company itself has an HR dept that relies on keyword searches on resume databases.
 
2022-09-28 9:25:38 PM  

syrynxx: I only use it when job hunting.


Then it's not really "stupid", I would guess.
 
2022-09-28 9:30:17 PM  

brigid_fitch: Duck_of_Doom: I've been pondering finally jumping on it for some job searching. But I loathe social media that doesn't have the option for anonymity, and still have a heaping ton of impostor syndrome and fear of not being good enough. Joy.

Unless you're in a specialized field, LinkedIn isn't the best place to job search. Zip Recruiter and Indeed are better for that. Most companies don't do normal hiring anymore; they rely on recruiters who use keyword searches on resume databases or the company itself has an HR dept that relies on keyword searches on resume databases.


Am in allied health (yay later in life career change), so maybe worth it to see things beyond travel positions. Those are all over Indeed. Thanks for the tip.
 
2022-09-28 10:14:15 PM  
I use it but only in a strictly professional sense for networking and keeping up with businesses and organizations related to my field. I don't use it as a social media site. I apply for jobs with it sometimes but I don't think I've ever gotten an offer from a linkedin job posting.
 
2022-09-28 11:13:45 PM  

Xcott: As a professor, I used to get LinkyDink connection requests from students (before my email began filtering them out as "Social.")  I noticed early on that it was almost always the low-performing students sending these requests, which made sense:  you get a STEM degree with more than a 3.0 and you don't really need to network very hard to get a job.

Later the school wanted us to create our own LinkyDink accounts to provide some kind of online presence, which surprised me because I had mentally associated LinkyDink with kids who got Cs and Ds and are trying to stop working at Applebee's.


LinkyDink. That's funny. Do you also say Tarzhey and Taco Hell?
 
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2022-09-28 11:21:05 PM  
I quit LinkedIn a few months ago because it was starting to resemble Facebook

Now I'm just trolling

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2022-09-28 11:53:20 PM  
Retribution on DeSatan?,
Wha5 an a$$h0le.
Sorry for those who don't see the obvious.
 
2022-09-29 12:47:57 AM  
I got on Linked In at the insistence of an industry guy I knew and wanted to keep happy. It never led to anything useful to me, then again, as has been said: it's something you need to actively nurture and curate if you want it to  get you known, and frankly, I had zero time or interest in that. Even less so, now I am retired.  And it's supposed to email me if something interesting comes in - hasn't for years now.

It did give me one funny  (to me) story. I looked up my boss' own Linked in page, and found a bunch of really basic spelling errors, like her title: "manager" - was spelled: "Manger."  I'd go back and look at it every couple months - still wrong, still scaring away  job offers. Any time I clashed with my boss, I had that in my back pocket to tease her with, but never got the chance to deploy it in anger.
 
2022-09-29 4:57:50 AM  
LinkedIn? Not even once.

Or twice, in my case :(
 
2022-09-29 5:23:45 AM  

Xcott: Later the school wanted us to create our own LinkyDink accounts to provide some kind of online presence, which surprised me because I had mentally associated LinkyDink with kids who got Cs and Ds and are trying to stop working at Applebee's.


Same in the business world. I had to get linkedin when my employer signed us up for linkedin learning (which was somewhat userful). No interest in social media, and the only people who sent requests were colleagues who don't know how to do the job they currently have. No way am I recommending you, buddy!
 
2022-09-29 6:28:34 AM  

uudd: Retribution on DeSatan?,
Wha5 an a$$h0le.
Sorry for those who don't see the obvious.


IoI thanks someone finally got it....
 
2022-09-29 6:34:09 AM  
People who believe LinkyDink is valuable are the same ones who believe the HR department where they currently work has their best career interests in mind.
  
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2022-09-29 7:46:00 AM  
It's turning into Facebook with more and more political posts .
 
2022-09-29 8:32:15 AM  
I just thought about it the other day. I was thinking I need to remove my profile. In my current line of work, I don't think it would help me at all. For that matter, I can't think of any time it has helped me.
 
2022-09-29 11:41:39 AM  
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/The last virtual remnant of a once-great empire.
 
2022-09-29 11:55:26 AM  
What is it? Like MySpace?
 
2022-09-29 12:34:31 PM  
Funny, I've had two reach outs this week on LI. Yeah, it's still kind of useful.
 
2022-09-29 1:04:24 PM  
Seems like we're split on LinkedIn, subby doesn't like it, but most other folks here do

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2022-09-29 1:10:19 PM  

Fireproof: [Fark user image 816x943]

/The last virtual remnant of a once-great empire.


Oh yeah, there's also his Tumblr page.
 
2022-09-29 7:21:58 PM  

Unobtanium: Women, I mean like nail technicians from Illinois, or hairdressers from wherever. I don't accept their connection requests and have no idea what the underlying motive is.


MLM scams.
 
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