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Topic # 236415 1-Jun-2018 00:40
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I have been on Linkedin for a few years, but I have never really need to use it till now.

For these who have used it before, I was wondering if you could tell me a bit about it??

Is it a bit like Facebook?? or is it more professional for professionals to keep in contact?

Also I have head you can find jobs there or get seeked for a job?, has this happened to anyone?

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Ultimate Geek
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  Reply # 2026636 1-Jun-2018 07:03
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It's good for keeping up networking with old colleagues . Quite often get recruiters asking if looking for roles . I really only use it when starting to think about moving on to another role.

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  Reply # 2026665 1-Jun-2018 08:55
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I use it, its not facebook, so don't link to your friends. I only link to people in my area of work. For what it is its good. I often get hits from people I am talking to / working with who are checking me out. Thats the same thing I do for them as well. It gives you legitimacy in the eyes of potential employers, colleagues, customers.


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  Reply # 2026678 1-Jun-2018 09:13
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Think of it as an online CV.  It's good for when you are looking for work, people can look up your work history.  It is also good for if clients want to find out a bit more about you.


It's best to maintain it over time so its ready to go when you need it - as it can take a bit of time to properly develop the networks / connections.


I like it for keeping track of those business acquaintances who I cant quite always remember where they work, or what their last name is (etc.).   Kind of like a very detailed phone book.

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  Reply # 2026684 1-Jun-2018 09:19
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Just be wary that the moment you give it access to any other social media type accts or contacts on device with linked emails etc it continues to spam people in your list/address book emails that make it look like you are reaching out to them.


name wants to connect with you on linkedin


Come check out my profile on linkedin


etc etc


Theres an official how-to-stop it page but the fact it asks is bad enough

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  Reply # 2026738 1-Jun-2018 09:35
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I stopped using it a while back but my wife uses it. She finds it a good tool in her business tool kit. IT folk move around a lot and she finds it useful way to keep up with changes. She as also had employment leads and business opportunities come from it. She does get a bit of spam but only a little and recruitment agents sniffing around. She believes caution and common sense when putting info on there and as someone said earlier it's not facebook.

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  Reply # 2026741 1-Jun-2018 09:40
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I would suggest giving careful thought to whether you want your place of work to be disclosed on the Internet. For many people it will be entirely appropriate to do so, but if you are expressing personal opinions when outside of your work environment then you may not want trouble makers being able to Google your name and find out where you work.

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  Reply # 2044873 27-Jun-2018 16:47
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Thank You guys for the information :), I think I will let my Linkedin profile sleep for a while longer!

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  Reply # 2044905 27-Jun-2018 17:51
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Cyber criminals love LinkedIn - link here


I periodically receive personalised phishing emails purportedly from colleagues which I suspect could be informed from LinkedIn profiles.


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  Reply # 2045131 28-Jun-2018 07:33
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Handy as a online CV as others have mentioned, its quite often one of the first places potential employers will look you up. Ive got a few recruitment agents on there as well which comes in handy for those times I need to look for work :)


Think of it as Facebook for professionals.


As for people using it for dodgy purposes, they can only use what you make available, so as with any social media, be aware of what you post etc.

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  Reply # 2045139 28-Jun-2018 07:54
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I did give it a look many years ago. I received so many job offers and requests for interviews and so fourth.
Pro tip: Do not tick the box that says something like "Allow HR staff to see your info and contact details". 
I also did not like the amount of info it gives out to the world wide web. I try to keep a low presence here.


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  Reply # 2045156 28-Jun-2018 08:53
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I use it, its good, when I have meetings with people I find they often check me out first, as I do them, to get their situation. Too much paranoia around it, just don't think its facebook, and only add people in your industry / field.

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  Reply # 2045159 28-Jun-2018 09:00
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I'm on linkedin.  If find it useful for work - I belong to a few groups relevant to my professional interests.  Unfortunately it's being degraded by an increasing number of politicised posts andpeople using it as sales platform to push their product.  I block posters in both categories.


The other issue is that recruiters will contact you and ask you to apply for jobs.  Often they are casting an extremely wide net, rather than selectively head-hunting.  I imagine this is great if you are looking for a new job.  PITA when you aren't


A guy in Saudi Arabia tried to interest me in a job through it.  Out of curiosity I checked it out.  He, his firm, and the vacancy all appeared real.  I politely declined. 


I haven't experienced any cyber-security issues attributable to linkedin.


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