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I was invited to join 'LinkedIn'. Should I?

By CharlieSpencer ·
Anybody familiar with it? Is it worth my attention or is it a big fat waste of my time? Obviously its a social site of some type, but I have no experience in this area.

Thanks for any feedback on this topic.

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Hmmm... Interesting I was going to ask a similar question

by jimmy-jam In reply to I was invited to join 'Li ...

Like you I am unfamiliar with all the social networking sites, I don't have a MySpace page nor will I ever. I don't IM.

This is as close to social networking as I get.

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I'm not personally familiar with LinkedIn...

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to I was invited to join 'Li ...

but my brother-in-law finds membership useful. He is a business owner in the Midwest, specializing in secure Information Management for those preferring not to do their own in-house.

I'll ask him for some detail, and post back after hearing from him.

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B-I-L...

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to I'm not personally famili ...

says that he finds it useful for networking with others in the same business as he. He considers it a sort of professional organization rather than social site. He is regularly updated in relation to those with whom he has chosen to communicate.

Kinda general, but that's what I got.

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I guess it boils down to a lack of 'networking' skills on my part

by CharlieSpencer In reply to B-I-L...

I'm not sure I know what 'networking' means. I don't have a "real world" network, so I don't know what to do with an online one, or where to start with it.

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I don't much care for...

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to I guess it boils down to ...

the use of the term 'networking' when it comes to building relationships with people. No matter the purpose behind the relationship. It's horribly impersonal, seeming to me to be yet another step in the objectification of people. A bad enough problem as it is.

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Get LinkedIn

by eileen-mckenzie In reply to I guess it boils down to ...

I use it as a tool to promote my business. Potential client go there to basically see my work experience. IT also comes up on searches for my name of business name- so it improves my exposure. I keep in touch with other business professionals, and have had great results. I know if Im looking at something at Company A, I go to linkedin to see who I know in company A and contact them for inside info.

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Unless you're ready to permanently leave the workforce, JOIN . . .

by drisi In reply to Get LinkedIn

There is much to gain and little to lose by joining. I was out of work or working below my skill level for quite a while. The first time I contacted someone regarding a specific job through LinkedIn, it led to an interview which led to my current job. (Disclaimer - Similar results not guaranteed . . .
Basically, LinkedIn is to professional networking what MySpace and FaceBook are to social networking. You can control how much info you make availabe to others. But most importantly, if you are looking to work at a particular company and don't personally know someone there, this could get you an intro.

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by CharlieSpencer In reply to B-I-L...

The ever popular double-post.

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LinkedIn

by Jellimonsta In reply to I was invited to join 'Li ...

It is more of a professional social peering site, and less personal.
I have been a member for some time (since I was asked by a coworker). I don't ever really visit the site unless I have a request for being 'linked' pending. I did manage to find a couple of old coworkers from other companies though, so it has its uses.

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I'm on there too....

by gadgetgirl In reply to I was invited to join 'Li ...

Definitely more work oriented than anything else. Good for keeping track of ex colleagues for references, and keeping in contact with others working in the same field.

Interestingly, I had an email from the group I'm affiliated to (Info Security) which got me back in contact with one fella, ex Symantec bigwig, who I hadn't seen in years.

Also had an email asking if I was interested in a similar job in my locality; I was, but picked up the email the same day as the position closed.

Comes in handy for me. It's definitely not a social networking site, Palmie, it's pure work based. Same as TR, you only get emails and newsletters that you subscribe to.

Any specific questions, you know where I am!

GG

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