How important is LinkedIn?

posted 1 week ago in Career
Post # 2
9104 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

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@Anonymous1063:  I have never used it for job hunting but I find it helpful in keeping up with promotions, transfers, and other moves/changes within my huge company. The feed also provides relevent topics for small-talk during meetings etc. I am extremely private so I don’t actually post anything myself and I’m very selective even with what I Like. I don’t have any other social media, so nobody can use my LinkedIn to go look up anything personal. And I only login through LinkedIn, it’s not connected to Google or any other accounts.

Post # 3
374 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

Really really really depends on your field – I would say yes for things like marketing, tech, communications, management, journalism, even some engineering fields – I find it’s also especially important for jobs that don’t needs a specific degree but are more about your whole profile as a professional, like project managers. In these cases  it’s important.

If you have a more “straight forward” job that requires a specific degree – nurse, doctor, social worker, teacher, fire fighter, etc. then it’s much less relevant.

I think it’s also somewhat location specific – if you’re in a large city (London, NYC, Toronto) there are so many qualified people and it’s hard to get noticed. If you love in a small town with 6,000 residents in person connections are probably more important.

Post # 4
4440 posts
Honey bee

I think it is worth it. I was recruited to my current job because the recruiter saw my profile.

Post # 5
590 posts
Busy bee

It definitely can’t hurt.  

– Make sure your profile contains some key words that are relevant to the jobs you want because you will then appear in recruiters’ searches.  Also, connect with former coworkers….they may “like” job postings, and you will see them if you are following their feed.   I’m not looking, but I know that when I see an interesting job posting in my field, I’ll hit the “like” button, just in case one of my former colleagues might know someone who’d be interested. 

– Understand that you will probably be contacted by some “recruiters” who don’t exactly have a specific job for you (and are not even in your area) but are instead just looking to beef up their numbers /  pool of candidates so that they look better to potential clients.  You’ll learn over time how to spot those & not respond.

– Sign up to ‘follow’ particular companies you might be interested in because you may get early notice of jobs they post.  Also, don’t hesitate to send a connection request to their HR or recruiting reps. 

– LinkedIn may not be how you get a job, but when you are seriously looking, nothing should be off the table.  
Good luck!

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