For bees on LinkedIn….

posted 2 years ago in Career
Post # 2
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2368 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I accept all work related requests (co workers, other managers, etc). I also have friends and family in related fields, so if there’s a future opportunity, whether they’re looking for a job or looking to fill a position,  I can reach out to them. It’s not a social, fun site. It’s networking. So if you feel that person would be a potentially variable addition to your network, add them.

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Linkedin is not a social site, it’s meant for professional connections, so people you know professionally are exactly who you should connect with. I accept basically every connection request that I get, whether I know them or not (I guess unless the look super creepy or have no profile info). I’m still in grad school, so it’s important for me to have a lot of connections, because that means potential jobs. I’ve had several recruiters and other professionals in my field connect with me, even when I don’t know them. I’ve also had people contact me about jobs openings in my field, encouraging me to apply. I don’t see a problem with it, I don’t share anything on there that couldn’t be found by googling my name. 

Post # 4
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1209 posts
Bumble bee

At my current job we used LinkedIn for sales leads. I have a premium account so access to more people who are not directly in my network. One of my biggest accounts was a random LinkedIn invite I sent out, he replied and now he does half a million dollars a year with us.

It’s actually my last day here at this job and I’m joining a recruiter who saw me on LinkedIn and recognized me from my part time job. He contacted me to head hunt me and place me but decided he wants me on his team.

LinkedIn is an integral part of recruiting! I’ve already found  lot of great candidates already in my network and I’m hoping I can get them into great positions.

PS: If anyone works in Logistics in the Chicago area… PM me! lol

Post # 5
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716 posts
Busy bee

The more connections you have the more valuable LinkedIn is to you. You want to connect with your boss because your boss is connected to people and you never know when, in the future, knowing that your boss can make a specific introduction for you or provide a casual reference for you will come in handy.

Post # 7
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3531 posts
Sugar bee

MsGinkgo:  I made one when I was looking for jobs, but I don’t connect with anyone now that I have one.  I have in the past, so I have connections, but very few current ones.  I rarely actually sign in and use it.  I know there are some people I have worked with but haven’t really talked to that add me on it and I don’t connect because I really don’t know them that well.

Post # 8
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3668 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

MsGinkgo:  I kind of look at it like it’s an online resume. I don’t share statuses or anything like that, though some people do. There isn’t anything on there that I don’t have on my paper resume. If I could potentially benefit from a person seeing my resume, then I have no problem connecting with them.

Post # 10
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1209 posts
Bumble bee

MsGinkgo:  I don’t think you need a Portfolio up… A brief backround and summary of experience/skills is usually enough to get an idea. I job shadowed a few days with the recruiters and learned less can be more.

 

Also forgot to mention that your current employer might not appreciate the work you did for them up… I guess it would depend on your contract.

  • This reply was modified 2 years ago by  robynrox47.
Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

MsGinkgo:  I agree with robynrox47:  I wouldn’t post any current work from you employer, just a description of your skills and experience is fine. If someone is interested, they can contact you for more info, if necessary.

Post # 12
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347 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I accept work-related contacts & friends/family who are relevant to my career, and have only added family members.

I use it like an online resume – I get around 5-10 recruiters a month contacting me through LinkedIn and although I don’t often go for the roles they offer, it’s good to know what’s out there in the market at any time!

I also am a member of a few groups on there that are relevant to my current job, including an alumni one from the school I went to, who organise meet-ups for professionals in my field in our city, so I find it’s a good networking tool.

Post # 14
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716 posts
Busy bee

 

MsGinkgo:  I would suggest a link to a personal website that has samples of your work.  However, I would reiterate that you should treat any work that you produced while under someone else’s employment as your employer’s property.  I do think you would need permission to include in your personal portfolio.

Post # 15
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1272 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

First, I only accept connections from people that I know. There’s a lot more personal information on LinkedIn (address, phone number, where I spent 40+ hours of my week) than Facebook, and I’m already very careful about who I add on FB.

Second, I almost always accept work-related connections, ESPECIALLY from people I work with directly (like my boss and direct team members). If it’s someone from another department that I’ve met, I’ll usually accept them also.

Third, I accept connections from friends. I don’t use LinkedIn for messaging or keeping in touch with these friends (that’s what Facebook and texting is for), but it is good for me to see where others are in their professional lives. For example, I don’t share any of my work experience on FB.

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