Lately, I’ve made an active effort to reach out to my LinkedIn connections. For several reasons, first to find a new job for myself. Also, to find a job for my older brother who has been out of work over a year now.
I’ve come to one conclusion – LinkedIn is worthless to me.
Alright, so blunt cynicism aside, I’ve not found very many benefits from the site. It seems like you connect with people who barely know you and in turn, barely want to help. The most I’ve received is, “I’ll keep my eye out for you.” This is the same type of help I can get from a stranger sitting next to me on the bus.
Maybe I’m not doing this right, but I don’t see the point in LinkedIn. I think it’s the most oversold networking site for professionals I’ve ever seen. I’ve seen more offers to help from Reddit.com actually. Nothing has come out of it just yet. But I find it sad that I’d get more effort to help from a total stranger.
Have you ever had success with LinkedIn? How did you make it work for you? Do you have any tips you can share?