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What the Hell is the Point of LinkedIn?

March 2, 2013 by Lady Unemployed

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? 


15 Comments »

  1. Jean says:

    Just like you I don’t get LinkedIn, but I’m still on it. It seems like it just gives my corporate contacts a chance to stalk me in a new arena.

    If I find a purpose for LinkedIn, I’ll let you know :)Please do the same.

  2. Vinny C says:

    Nope. I could never figure LinkedIn out. I’m pretty sure I’m not using it right, but for the most part, I’ve basically stopped using it &, half the time, I don’t even remember it’s there.

  3. I just wrote a post about my feelings regarding LinkedIn this past Monday. The takeaway is this: It’s just like Facebook, only boring. So yeah, I totally agree with you. Good luck in your searches! (And I’ll keep my eyes open for you… heh!)

  4. Kristen says:

    I also completely do not understand the point of LinkedIn. First, hardly anyone I know is actually on there. I think I have 3 or 4 people on there. Yeah, wow. That’s really going to help me.

    I guess maybe if you’re really deep in the corporate world there could be some benefit, but I really think it’s incredibly over-hyped.

    I think I could do a lot better on Facebook when it comes time to look for a job. At least there I have real friends who live in the same area and can give me a heads up if they know of a job opening.

  5. Ben says:

    Hello,

    Found your blog via a link posted by @harleenas.

    Going by your About page, I’d guess you haven’t been working for very long. I do think LinkedIn is more useful once you have a few years experience across one or two jobs. Until then, there may not be a huge amount that you can say on your profile.

    I’ve got quite a bit of value out of LinkedIn. Your profile is an online version of your resume. This means potential employers can see what you’ve achieved in your education and career so far, without you having to send out resumes. Because of that, your profile is also the latest version of your resume – it only goes out of date if you don’t update it. So no need to re-send a revised resume.

    I mostly connect with the people I’ve worked with, either in previous jobs or where I am now. Some of them I worked with a lot and got to know quite well. I wouldn’t connect with people I don’t know.

    My profile is a bit long, to be honest, but I’ve had a few jobs and have quite a bit to say about them 🙂

    There’s a link to my LinkedIn profile on my website URL (top right corner), if you’d like to check it out. I find that the trick is listing out a few “achievements” rather than just saying what your role was.

    I don’t know if any of that helps!

    • Hi there! I do have more work experience than what is listed on my About page…i actually do have about 130 connections too! It is just a site I don’t find myself impressed with. Or maybe people can’t help in a way they think they could? 🙂 I’ll check out your profile for layout tips! Thank you!

  6. Jess says:

    Take a class on LinkedIn and you’ll understand the value. None of you have the correct connections and you need to learn how to create the right profile. It’s truly an art. Through my LinkedIn connections I’ve gotten two jobs. You need to use LinkedIn as a networking tool, not a job search site. Also,get more connections. I’m bad about connecting and only have 230something contacts when I really should have over 600 if I wanted to do this like the experts say!

    I haven’t updated my profile in a few months but check it out, send me an invite! http://www.linkedin.com/in/jessicarosman/

    • I definitely will!! And feel free to contact me to write a guest post by the way! I’d love to give instruction to my readers from someone who has used it to their benefit! I love being proved wrong! 🙂

  7. Noobman says:

    I use to have one, until a jilted ex started stalking me on it, I know because she registered an account herself and started adding people I know that she barely knows, and she was visiting my profile on a daily basis while telling people(who have come to me and told me) crap she made up, she even had some guy to come bug me at work since she found out where I worked. I promptly deleted my LinkedIn and blocked her on facebook.

    70% of CEOs and C suite executives don’t use LinkedIn, and it’s not because they don’t know how to use it. There is little benefits for most people, jobs are still found through different forms of networking and company specific applications. LinkedIn is more a recruiter cesspool where head hunters go to find and spam professionals. If you have connections, most if not all of them will not be able to or even cares to do anything for you.

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