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Topic # 160577 12-Jan-2015 13:20
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Like most "professionals" I had a page on LinkedIn now i guess its more for show than anything else I never know quite what to make of it.

Whilst I would be quick to add a Facebook page or twitter account i rarely bother or suggest Linkedin

Is that because i don't use it a lot and every time I think I will give it a go I spend half the day trying to figure out how to use it

SO

The questions are Is it really easy to setup a business page and I am approaching it the wrong way?

or

is it "who the hell uses LinkedIn other than for a resume?"




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  Reply # 1212506 12-Jan-2015 13:28
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As far as I can tell it's an online CV and a new way for recruiters to bug you.




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  Reply # 1212518 12-Jan-2015 13:45
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Depends largely on industry - but LinkedIn tends to be a given in IT - particularly if you are contracting.

At the very least it is a photo and contact details.

Then an idea of work history/resume.

Then who also knows that person that I know.

If you want to build a network in an industry (and not have to remember details of every member) LinkedIn is invaluable.

Also - for recruiters from all over the world to spam you with job offers tangentially related to your qualifications (no thanks to the level 1 helpdesk position in Indonesia).



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  Reply # 1212580 12-Jan-2015 14:43
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LinkedIn is notorious for hijacking PC address books and spamming everyone in them. It was investigated at one point for this behaviour. I have been spammed many times from the accounts of my professional friends without their permission or knowledge. LinkedIn uses really underhanded methods to try to expand its user base. I have always felt that an outfit that does business in this way is not worthy of any serious consideration.

 





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  Reply # 1212584 12-Jan-2015 14:51
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It also seems to be used by spammers.  I've had a number of people wanting to 'connect' with me on LinkedIn in the last 6 months.  When I check their profiles as I don't know their names the profiles look very dubious.  Why would the Head of IT at Barclays bank in the UK want to 'connect' with me?

So there is that downside.

On the upside, as a contract IT person I have had a number of contacts from IT recruiters who are looking to fill roles.  That's really what I use it for.

I don't look at business pages

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  Reply # 1212587 12-Jan-2015 14:55
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I don't know either if LinkedIn is worth the hassle really. I keep refusing to setup anything there. Might be because LinkedIn keeps bugging me for month and month with invites from people I supposedly know, and then reminders about the invite. Again and again...

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  Reply # 1212593 12-Jan-2015 15:11
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You can turn off emails. I removed the app from my phone because it sucked everything out of my contacts and kept asking me to invite them to linkedin.




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  Reply # 1212601 12-Jan-2015 15:21
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I gave up and cancelled my account about 1 year ago.  Nothing but spam and random imvitations, and obviously false job offers - complete waste of time




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  Reply # 1212655 12-Jan-2015 16:48
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Agree, its a Spam generator.

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  Reply # 1212670 12-Jan-2015 17:19
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What annoys me is that linked in cant put an entire domain in their "dont ever email anything here ever" list, so I get loads of crap from variuos people inviting me to connect on linked in. Thunderbird seems to have learned that they are spam, but it clutters up my spam folder still.




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  Reply # 1212691 12-Jan-2015 18:32
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LinkedIn is only as good as the network you curate, and the relationships you build in your everyday business dealings.



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  Reply # 1212694 12-Jan-2015 18:36
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Thank you one and all for a conclusive "Don't Bother"




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  Reply # 1212695 12-Jan-2015 18:40
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That's the opposite of what I'm saying.

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gnfb: Thank you one and all for a conclusive "Don't Bother"


Sounds like you're not the target market

Personally I find a lot of benefit, connecting with people, gathering market intelligence, preparing for meetings etc.

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  Reply # 1212711 12-Jan-2015 19:23
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I personally find it useful. Over the weekend I applied for a job with a large well known engineering firm and their online application form allows you to point to your LinkedIn profile rather than uploading a CV, so obviously some reputable employers are making use of it.

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  Reply # 1212712 12-Jan-2015 19:24
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Like all other social networking sites, I have no interest in it.

I do remember getting random spam from someone I've never heard of inviting me to join LI two or three times.




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