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Do you use LinkedIn?

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by Stuzzle, Jan 14, 2015.

  1. Stuzzle

    Stuzzle Byte Poster

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    The question is self explanatory :D

    Do you use LinkedIn? I'm just wondering if it does provide any benefit and if anyone has ever experienced any use out of having their name and employment details splattered all over what is a public website?
     
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  2. Monkeychops

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    Depends on what you do and reasons for being on there.

    Can help when finding a job, making contacts in industry, raising your profile etc.

    If you're in sales it's another contact point for your customers and used to hound new ones ;)

    It's been useful in my roles, but depending on circumstances it may not be for others.
     
  3. shadowwebs

    shadowwebs Megabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    I am on linkedin, and it's got it's pro's and con's... I have found that companies sales teams go through the site looking for potential future contacts at a company and then ring up your workplace asking to speak to you to sell you something... but then the other side of things is that I think it can help for companies looking to hire someone by seeing what your skillset is prior to you ever knowing the job was out there or having sent in your CV.

    Personally, I haven't got myself a job due to LinkedIn, but I do believe it can help others.
     
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  4. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    I wasn't sure at first but it has definitely grown on me. I think the number of employers who check your linkedin is growing. I personally see it as me being open and honest about my career. I have an online presence so if someone wanted to look me up they would find me eventually so what's the harm, I've got nothing to hide. That's just my two cents. If you click my name on the left there's a link to mine
     
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  5. rocdamike

    rocdamike Byte Poster Gold Member

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    I only started using LinkedIn when I joined the IT field. I wouldn't go as far as subscribing to the premium service, well not at the early stage of my career anyway. However, I have found LinkedIn very useful in building contacts, documenting my achievements and getting valuable information by joining some of the groups. I have had quite a few recruiters add me and call me up related to work opportunities.
     
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  6. wagnerk
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    I use LinkedIn, some of my details are private until a person "linkedin's" with me, other details are public.

    I use it to expand the people that I deal with, or want to deal with (or in other words network with others). In other cases, I use it when I have a vacancy, looking at and for prospective candidates. There has been times when I've used it to search for vacancies in my area as well :)
     
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  7. Stuzzle

    Stuzzle Byte Poster

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    Seemingly nothing but good responses for it here :)

    So I guess it won't hurt
     
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  8. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    That's the spirit mate. You can link to your linkedin profile on here too. Worst that will happen is you get more views on your profile 8)
     
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  9. SimonD

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

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    I use it not just for the contact side of things but the groups on there can be really informative as well.
     
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  10. aushus

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    I don't use linkedin

    cause I do not trust the public with my information.
     
  11. SimonD

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

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    Well that's a tad blinkered in my opinion, you can put as much or as little detail on the site as you like and it's great for group chats.

    You're missing a lot of great potential contact and information from not partaking.
     
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  12. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Recently I've had a few jobs by email through linkedin. Makes me feel less guilty because they are coming to me not the other way around :)
     
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  13. Theprof

    Theprof Petabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    I use it all the time... Great tool for networking. But just be careful with who you connect.. some people like to spam. Same can be said about groups. I actually have a Premium Account.
     
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  14. Sparky
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    Premium any good?
     
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  15. Theprof

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    Just trying it out for a free 30 day trial.. but haven't seen much difference to be honest. It's good for people who are looking for jobs or recruiters... I think I'll most likely cancel it by the end of the month. Not worth the 30/month for me.
     
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  16. GSteer

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    I'm on there, mainly for keeping track of professional contacts in a cleaner environment than Facebook, couple of good groups but I find a lot of them end up with very basic questions posted that are easily answerable with a few minutes online searching. I'll be taking their premium off up some-point over the next couple of months when I ramp up the job search.
     
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  17. MDCasey

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    LinkedIn, like any site, has its risks if you're worried about privacy. Those risks are fairly obvious, and you have to decide for yourself whether you're comfortable posting information about yourself, even if only your friends can see it. That said, it's hardly more "dangerous" than Facebook or other sites, and it's unlikely that someone will be able to raid your bank account by finding out where you worked six years ago.

    As for the benefits, they are pretty great. Connecting with colleagues, peers, and past, present, or even future coworkers is a fantastic benefit. The users don't (usually) treat it like Facebook or Twitter where there are many personal items floating around that don't tend to matter. It's very much a community that speaks and behaves in professional terms, and you'll learn a lot about your job and your industry by connecting with people in similar spots.

    Until recently, it hasn't actually been THAT useful for job hunting, however. It's best for meeting people who you might one day want to work with, and many hirings happen very organically that way. This is why recruiters love it -- they get pseudo-referrals and known quantities out of their networks, which is a lot better than sifting through a stack of faceless resumes. I say "until recently" because LinkedIn finally did up its game for job searching. Now it presents you with extremely relevant job recommendations, allows you to save a list of jobs if you're interested, and if you're a premium member, it lets you see how many other people applied and how you compare to the other candidates (which is fascinating).

    That's my two cents. Personally, I enjoy it, and I use it more than Facebook. But to each their own!
     
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  18. Juelz

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    Nope, I have privacy concerns.
     
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  19. SimonD

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    The more you become known in the industry, the better off it is being on places like there and Twitter.
     
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  20. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Having nothing to hide by putting yourself out there only boosts your credibility and honesty in my humble opinion. I'm on here, Linkedin, a few places. I do understand peoples security concerns but pretty much feel if someone wanted info on you, they're going to get it one way or another
     
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