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Those who should use LinkedIN, are you using LinkedIN?

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Poll: Do you actively use or maintain a LinkedIN Profile?

  • Total votes: 52. You have voted on this poll.
Yes
 
34
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No
 
12
23%
Deactivated it
 
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[OP]
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Sep 20, 2014
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Those who should use LinkedIN, are you using LinkedIN?

It almost seems like if you're not on LinkedIN, you're a corporate outcast (I'd even argue a social-outcast).
Again, this is assuming you should be on LinkedIN e.g. work in STEM, Finance, Corporate World.
I feel like LI isn't too useful for healthcare professionals?

Anyway, curious to see what % of those who should be on LI, are using it...
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Jan 16, 2011
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The NORTH
Isn't this just facebook for professionals?

Had it 7 or 8 years ago, haven't used it since setting it up.
[OP]
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Sep 20, 2014
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kr0zet wrote: Isn't this just facebook for professionals?

Had it 7 or 8 years ago, haven't used it since setting it up.
Yes and no, it is like Facebook in that people post professional and personal (cringe) milestones.
However, the recruiting and job aggregation aspect makes it not really social media...

What industry/position are you in and why aren't you using it?
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Sep 28, 2013
793 posts
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While all the contrived feel good BS on LinkedIn irritates me and I sometimes want to delete it, I realize that it's a hindrance in my field in terms of career advancement and downside protection. Get a pretty steady stream of recruiters hitting me up and if I were suddenly laid off or found my current job intolerable, it would feel like starting from square 1 without some kind of presence / rolodex. That's not even counting the angle of keep in touch with clients.
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Mar 21, 2010
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I have it, but I don't really use it beyond accepting requests from people. Honestly I just don't have the mental capacity to do work-related stuff outside of work requirements. Can't bring myself to look at it.
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Jul 24, 2019
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Just saw a former coworker got promoted to a director job so I reached out to congratulate. Got a response back and a possible lead for a job with this coworker.
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Sep 20, 2014
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kimmelite wrote: Just saw a former coworker got promoted to a director job so I reached out to congratulate. Got a response back and a possible lead for a job with this coworker.
This.

For certain careers, the networking and job leads are very valuable.
Penalty Box
Jun 24, 2015
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it was a nice platform till people started to facebook-ify it and now just post meaningless stuff and turning it into a social network.
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Jun 24, 2015
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A bunch of us, Myself, my brother in law, my uncle, my cousin, my father in law, and a co-worker of mine, we all have a linked in account, but we dont post anything, we just strictly go on there to get relative info but we dont post, we dont comment, etc, apparently people who dont post are highly regarded and respected. i was told by my brother in law its the best thing to do on there u dont want to say sometihng inappropriate or against your companys code of conduct so keeping quiet on there is the best thing, i hope this trend catches on to more people
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Deal Fanatic
Aug 31, 2017
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GoodFellaz wrote: A bunch of us, Myself, my brother in law, my uncle, my cousin, my father in law, and a co-worker of mine, we all have a linked in account, but we dont post anything, we just strictly go on there to get relative info but we dont post, we dont comment, etc, apparently people who dont post are highly regarded and respected. i was told by my brother in law its the best thing to do on there u dont want to say sometihng inappropriate or against your companys code of conduct so keeping quiet on there is the best thing, i hope this trend catches on to more people
Life too short to care about what other people might think IMO. Especially coming out of Covid. The conversations on LinkedIn I've seen have been more real and open. I hope that trend continues to the benefit of us all.
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May 9, 2016
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GoodFellaz wrote: A bunch of us, Myself, my brother in law, my uncle, my cousin, my father in law, and a co-worker of mine, we all have a linked in account, but we dont post anything, we just strictly go on there to get relative info but we dont post, we dont comment, etc, apparently people who dont post are highly regarded and respected. i was told by my brother in law its the best thing to do on there u dont want to say sometihng inappropriate or against your companys code of conduct so keeping quiet on there is the best thing, i hope this trend catches on to more people
I don't think your brother-in-law understands that LinkedIn is about building connections. You can't do that in silence.
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Apr 21, 2014
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2009M5 wrote: It almost seems like if you're not on LinkedIN, you're a corporate outcast (I'd even argue a social-outcast).
Again, this is assuming you should be on LinkedIN e.g. work in STEM, Finance, Corporate World.
I feel like LI isn't too useful for healthcare professionals?

Anyway, curious to see what % of those who should be on LI, are using it...
I’m in finance and get a lot of recruiters contacting me through my linked in profile. So works for me.
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Jun 24, 2015
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VanIsBest wrote: I don't think your brother-in-law understands that LinkedIn is about building connections. You can't do that in silence.
Anyone can make a connection on there, i have 1000's of connections and have never said a peep to anyone nor made one post. The thing they dont tell you the more stuff you post the more at risk you are of getting spammed or hacked so its best to keep quiet, everyone i know yes im being serious does not post on there and we have 1000;s of connections and such, the only thing posting does it makes it look more like face book which we dont like, no body likes another face book
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Jr. Member
Apr 28, 2010
138 posts
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I've had Linkedin since university when the thing first started and only just dump all my work experience on there from time to time to casually fish for interviews or consulting requests. Otherwise i don't pay attention to any of the influencer crap that's on there at all.
Newbie
Feb 5, 2019
39 posts
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Like everyone here, I find the influencer crap to be really irritating.

With that said, I have found the job leads to be very beneficial for me and it has made me acutely aware of my market value in the event that things go bad in my current job.
Penalty Box
Jun 24, 2015
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yup not only do we have instagram and youtube influencers, but we now have linkedin influencers. lord help us all!
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Deal Fanatic
Aug 31, 2017
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The influencers can be annoying but I either block or move on to the next post. Honestly, if you can’t beat em, join em. LinkedIn is a good way to promote yourself, outside of your own company. IMO just make sure you practice what you preach when sharing.

Basically, LinkedIn can strategically back up your resume with concrete examples; thus making the interview process less exhausting as they already have an insight into you, and they liked you enough to invite you (assuming they looked at your profile). If you’re a young professional it’s an excellent tool.
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Aug 16, 2008
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LinkedIn has been absolutely invaluable for me. It functions as a pretty awful social network and I cringe at the level of self promotion and low value content on it. I also dislike the amount of marketing/ads, say if I click on a company profile, I would then be bombarded with ads on multiple platforms for the next month. I do follow some people/companies of interest and enjoy some of the content that comes out, say if an adjacent company has a new product or service out etc.

That being said, my last two offers came via recruiters that were able to reach out to me via LinkedIn Premium. Likewise, I noticed the number of relevant 'cold' reach outs from recruiters skyrocketed after subscribing to premium. Premium also provides a limited amt of 'IN messages' which allows you to DM recruiters or relevant staff for particular companies you are interested in - thereby allowing you to introduce yourself and bypass resume filters. I've also used the company staff growth and churn statistics which grant insight into the startups I'm interested in joining. Along with teamblind and levels.fyi, they have been essential for getting the best and most rewarding opportunities

My job listings are 70/20/10 split between LinkedIn, company direct, or existing networking opportunities.
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Jan 27, 2006
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What it might come down to is how your profile presents itself on LinkedIn to others... After all, for most who are searching LinkedIn for candidates, that profile is the first contact from which they make an initial impression. The ones with a better profile should get the looks while the others are bypassed.

One thing I do hate about LinkedIn is the lack of political moderation - you see nut jobs posting completely non-professional items like pictures of Trump and calling him the best President that has ever lived. I don't care if you love him or hate him, the posting itself has no professional value.
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Sep 20, 2014
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craftsman wrote: What it might come down to is how your profile presents itself on LinkedIn to others... After all, for most who are searching LinkedIn for candidates, that profile is the first contact from which they make an initial impression. The ones with a better profile should get the looks while the others are bypassed.

One thing I do hate about LinkedIn is the lack of political moderation - you see nut jobs posting completely non-professional items like pictures of Trump and calling him the best President that has ever lived. I don't care if you love him or hate him, the posting itself has no professional value.
It's usually boomers who do that, no idea why they feel to share personal content on LinkedIN.

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