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Alison Doyle

Don't Waste Your Time on LinkedIn

By April 11, 2014

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If you're not going to do it right, there is no point wasting your time (and everyone else's) on LinkedIn. LinkedIn is "the" site for professional networking. Everyone, in my opinion, should have a (complete) LinkedIn profile, should connect with everyone they know, should join LinkedIn Groups, and should use LinkedIn for job searching when they are in the market for a new job.

That said, LinkedIn is not going to work for you if you don't identify yourself. I've received several invitations to connect in the last week from people who didn't identify themselves. Setting up a LinkedIn profile with "Private Profile" or "Human Resources Manager" instead of your name and asking me to connect with you isn't going to work.

I have no clue who they are and I wasn't going to try and figure it out. Most other people, including prospective employers, wouldn't be interested in connecting either. LinkedIn is for "real" people to connect which each other - that's what makes it so successful and such a terrific networking tool.

If confidentiality is a concern, and I'd guess it would be if you're trying to stay anonymous, simply be careful. Connect with only people you know well. Be strategic if you're job searching while employed and don't announce it to your connections. There are ways you can job search confidentially without jeopardizing your current position.

Here's how to get started on LinkedIn - quickly and easily - so you can use LinkedIn effectively for job searching and career networking. Once you've set up your profile, here's how to make it stand out, along with examples of great LinkedIn profiles.

For those who don't think LinkedIn is a good resource for job searching, share your opinion and comment (below), comment on my LinkedIn post, or vote in our poll.

Read More: Use LinkedIn to Job Search | Top 10 Tips for Using LinkedIn

March 19, 2012 at 10:22 am
(1) Heather R. Taylor says:

Great advice, Alison. Job seekers may think of LinkedIn as a networking site where it’s okay to be passive, where simply filling out a profile and hoping someone (especially a hiring manager) will notice. LinkedIn works best when its users are actively involved, adding value to the networking experience, by joining and participating in groups, responding to questions. As valuable as LinkedIn is as a networking tool, it may be more fruitful for the passive LinkedIn user to spend job hunting time in a more productive way, like face-to-face networking.

March 24, 2012 at 9:26 am
(2) Fred says:

The trouble with Linkedin is that you don’t really know these people. You don’t know they’re backgrounds, the quality of their work, how they get along in real group settings…nothing. All you really know (and all they know of you) is what is posted. It’s like trying to have a meaningful relationship with an advertisement or business card. Anyone who is so shallow that he would give preference to someone in a LinkedIn network, someone he hasn’t met or worked with before in the “real world,” isn’t worth connecting to in the first place.

April 12, 2012 at 7:28 pm
(3) Tiffiney says:

I’m on LinkedIn everyday. My profile is complete, I participate in group discussions, and create poll surveys. I’ve connected with several HR reps directly that work for companies that I want to work for. I have even gotten interviews as a result from being on LinkedIn.

Having said that, I continue to be unemployed and have been for over two and a half years now. What I’m discovering is that LinkedIn is starting to get flooded with crooked headhunters and job agencies that post fake job postings just to make a connection with you. Also the job section on LinkedIn is flooded with phony job ads. I’m sad to say that in a few years, LinkedIn will probably be reduced to the same level as Monster.com or these other waste of time job boards.

Overall my preference is LinkedIn because you connect with a real person, however my concern is that you can never control someone’s intentions as to why they are connecting with you in the first place.

April 27, 2012 at 9:13 am
(4) Wendy says:

Linked-in is a complete and utter waste of time.

Actually, that’s not strictly true. If you are a recruitment agent it’s probably a dream come true; it does all the leg work for you bar emailing a resume over to a client. You can just sit back and watch the commission roll in.

For the rest of us plebs though, what’s the point? Most of the discussions are just a poorly veiled sales pitch for some service, product or other. The recommendations are a joke too. If you could post negative comments about some of the pricks you used to work with, it would make the whole thing a lot more fun and rewarding (not to mention true) IMHO.

“I worked with Steve for 3 years at “xxxx”. I found him to be grossly incompetent, two faced, rude and aggressive. He was eventually dismissed for falsifying his expense claims on an epic scale which, having read his Linked In profile, is quite apt given the amount of false information he has put on there”

Who wants to spend all day on a website with a bunch of self important suits with job titles like “Global Director of Insights, Intelligence and Strategy”?? I certainly don’t, which is why I’ve shut my profile down.

April 30, 2012 at 2:42 pm
(5) Jeff says:

Linkedin is a waste of internet space. How anyone would/could possibly hire someone based off of their Linkedin profile is way beyond me. Any place that only allows positive things to be said about someone is a farce. I can show you more than a dozen people on Linkedin you would think are the second coming of Christ, but from past experience with them they aren’t worth the paper their Linkedin profiles are written on (see what i did there?)

June 22, 2012 at 12:39 pm
(6) Emmie says:

I don’t think it’s a waste of internet space (I mean, really??? given all the crap out there on the internet…). I can’t imagine that anyone is hired strictly based on their LinkedIn profile, but how is a waste of time to put your resume out there in case someone is searching for a professional with your skillset. Either way, you still interview. It’s the same process as job searching and applying for a position. None of my former employers, nor my current had ever worked with me before, but after reading up on my skillset and interviewing, I was hired to work for them. Tell me what the big difference is.

August 16, 2012 at 11:15 am
(7) JohnSmith says:

A complete waste of time. I have a lot of connections on LinkedIn, but they rearely, if ever reply to me via LinkedIN. I can, more easily, just pick up the phone and call them. Too much e-mail is overload and there’s a lot of junk generated by Linked in. In addition, I don’t care to read updates from people who ate lunch at Burger King or bough a new car. Who cares.

October 22, 2012 at 3:49 pm
(8) ChargersCats says:

I joined LinkedIn a long time ago, when it first started up and before “social networking” became popular. I have seen it evolve over the years. I have gone to a few career workshops in which the facilitators are always telling people to join LinkedIn. It’s kind of sad because most of the people are older people, and the way the facilitator talks about it, it’s as if LinkedIn is a lifesaver when it comes to looking for jobs. In my opinion, it is THE WORST and most shallow/superficial job site I have ever encountered.

I was laid off February 2012, and I have a total of 46 people on my LinkedIn connections. Keep in mind this profile has been up for several years. The only people I’m connected to are former managers/supervisors from past jobs, people I mostly worked with at my last job (I worked there for 7 years, so it is the bulk of my connections on LinkedIn) and a handful of people I know outside of the workplace. I worked in the music industry, and I would often get connection invites from people I don’t even know who think I can get them into the industry.

It’s one thing to help someone you personally know, but the flaw in LinkedIn is that there are too many “friend of a friend of a friend” connections that are completely impersonal. The reality is that most people will help out someone they directly know, but probably won’t help out someone they don’t even know personally. Why should they? They know nothing about that person, their personality, their work ethic, etc., so why should they put their name and reputation on the line to help someone get a job?

The only ones benefiting from LinkedIn are Headhunters, Recruiters, and the Stock Investors. LinkedIn has very minimal value…I have never met anyone who says that LinkedIn helped them find a job. The jobs posted on there are a joke and very few in number compared to the other major job sites. As another poster mentioned,

October 22, 2012 at 3:49 pm
(9) ChargersCats says:

it seems to be a place where egotism runs rampant, especially for the older folks. I already get enough of that from my friends on Facebook, so no thank you!

Now LinkedIn even wants you to post a photo of yourself, so the interviewers can judge you immediately and discriminate based on your race, your attractiveness, your age, your gender, etc. They no longer have to wait until the interview to weed you out….they can do it immediately if they don’t like how you look! I’m young and considered good-looking to the opposite sex, but I still refuse to post my photo on LinkedIn. The interviewers can see what I look like if they call me in- they don’t need to see me before that and prejudge me!

November 13, 2012 at 1:47 pm
(10) Sushi says:

Youre a fool if youre on Linkedin. If you enjoy random people knowing a lot about you and you dont care about privacy or identity theft then by all means join! You are throwing your personal and career history out on the internet for everyone to see and once its out there, its out there forever.

December 27, 2012 at 1:09 pm
(11) Pete says:

I have to agree, not so much with the article, but with it’s title. The whole site is narcissism on steroids. At least written recommendations, (providing they revealed facts), were a good way to prove skill. That was killed by the one-click endorsements.

Groups are a mixed bag. Much of the emphasis on discussions learn towards “hire me”, or look how smart I am so that you will hire me.

For all the effort, it would be best to create your own web-site and participate on well established forums. Get to know people on the outside and be removed far, far away from looking for job. Avoid the middle man and go after the work directly.

February 9, 2013 at 10:27 am
(12) Henrik says:

I have a LinkedIn account only because so many recruiters recommend in articles such as the above. I have had no value practical value of it but wasted a lot of time on polishing my profile, connecting with contacts etc.
The postings of my contacts are completely irrelevant to me and not something I will spend my spare time on it (remember: social websites do not belong n the workplace)
Despite my +500 contacts I have never had anyone contact me directly about anything. 2 or 3 times I addressed hiring managers or HR people using the Premium direct mail service offered. This mainly caused confusion and irritation on the side of the recipient.

April 16, 2013 at 10:18 am
(13) James says:

LinkedIn is just another social networking site that hyper-extroverted people try to pass off as indispensable to our careers and our lives in general. Having a LinkedIn profile is merely the 21st century equivalent of that ’90s staple of passive online job seeking, the Monster.com resume. LinkedIn will improve your career prospects about as much as a Monster.com profile, which is to say not at all. It’s just another way for job seekers to feel like they are doing “something” to improve their prospects.

April 20, 2013 at 5:16 pm
(14) Robert says:

LinkedIn is complete and utter waste of time and energy, but unfortunately you need to be on it if you’re looking for a job, because NOT having a LinkedIn profile will raise red flags with hiring managers.

Having said that, I do have a complete profile that includes a photo and have identified myself (I’ve seen many that do neither), I have joined pertinent groups, have tried to contribute articles that I truly feel might benefit other members, and have been selective in my connections. Unlike many on LinkedIn, I’m not on the “500+ quest.” I connect with those who I feel have some synergy with me and I could work with in some capacity.

I’ve also made attempts to personalize my LinkedIn activities, which I’ve never seen anyone else do. When I reach out with a connection request, I always include a personal note. When someone accepts, I send a simple note saying ‘nice to meet you.’ Unfortunately I’ve never received anything back to these. I’ve also reached out to other members with business opportunities (after reading their profile and confirming that they’re looking for same). What have I gotten? Zero. No replies, no thanks, no nothing.

If you think people are on LinkedIn because they want to network for mutual benefit, you’re wrong. It’s completely selfish, one-sided and phony.

May 16, 2013 at 10:28 pm
(15) Daniel says:

I’d actually like to dissent here.

While I don’t have a huge LinkedIn Network (150+), I’ve found a number of solid connections through the site. The second-level connections DO help because they help me put my resume/profile directly in front of decision-makers… or at least more so than painful TALEO-based company websites.

I’ve received a few interviews based on my LinkedIn profile. I had one recruiter tell me this…

“LinkedIn WILL NOT GET YOU A JOB. But if you didn’t have a LI profile, you probably wouldn’t have gotten the interview because it shows a lack of tech-savvy.”

Think of it as resume #2. People can inflate their status on paper resumes just as easily as they can w/ a LI profile. But the site provides a second layer to see how details match up.

Not trying to rile anyone up. Just my experience.

May 24, 2013 at 8:44 pm
(16) Tom says:

I receive unsolicited job offers via LinkedIn on a regular basis. If it is completely worthless to you then perhaps you are doing it wrong :P

That said, there is nothing amazing going on here. Opportunities are offered by people. If you want those opportunities then find *some way* to connect with those people … no Linked-In required.

May 31, 2013 at 12:21 pm
(17) well says:

I actually contacted a few number of people who were working in the indistry I was interested in. I ofcoruse had built up some career before and asked if I could have a quick coffee. I know it sounded strange to drop a note to complete stranger, but I was lucky to find three people who were happy to help me out by passing my resume to people who were responsible for hiring. (Yes I am kind of person who HATES sending notes and networking just for business, but I had to do it..) I landed on a temporary contract by getting some help from one of those three people and at least a potential employer had a chance to glimpse over my profile. (For some personal reasons, I have a very unique profile compared to other candidates although I would not say outstanding)

June 2, 2013 at 6:45 pm
(18) Martin says:

I closed my Linkedin account. In my field (animation) we get jobs from people we already know, never strangers. Most of the messages I received were from people in other countries (India especially) trying to make contacts to get animation work here in the U.S. Like another commenter here, I also got a lot of fake job offers. It was a nice way to see what people I know were up to, but I can do that on FB. At least facebook doesn’t out you for looking at a person’s profile… very awkward in show business…

June 4, 2013 at 4:03 pm
(19) Robert says:

Everyone lie’s about their education, work history and basically everything else.

I see people on the site that have NO college, stating they are Health Professionals. Every time I go on I see they have been promoted, again.

Any Employer that hires based on this site, is themselves incompetent and deserves what they get.

This is just another information gathering source for the Government.

Open your eye’s my friends.

July 2, 2013 at 9:50 am
(20) Jacques Rigaut says:

I’ve been on LinkedIn for a number of years now. At the beginning, it did seem like a professional networking site. Over the years, however, it seems to have transformed into some sort of bizarre cult.

July 10, 2013 at 3:59 am
(21) Jennifer says:

Wow I’ve never seen so much LinkedIn “Haterade” or hyperboles in one place. “Complete waste of space” and “everyone lies” about their backgrounds… sounds like a lot of jaded individuals who haven’t been on FaceBook or YouTube recently.

LinkedIn hasn’t made or broken my career but I’ve used it what it’s for… networking. The more people in your network.. the more opportunities not only you have… but people you know have. I use LinkedIn to help recent undergrad and graduate students connect with people in jobs or industries they are curious about.

There are people I know really well and people I hardly know at all in my network and I’m not ashamed of it. The more people I have access to the more resources in my industry I have. I like to educate myself in my field (healthcare) and enjoy learning what’s going on in the industry .

I just got a new job and guess what.. a few managers from the panel who interviewed me scoped me out on LinkedIn after my interview… not to judge me for my race or looks (are you kidding me with that??!) but I have recommendations from colleagues from previous jobs… if I was lying about my experience would my managers really write me a recommendation? So I got the job. If you use it right it can be “resume #2″. So thank you LinkedIn!

July 23, 2013 at 2:53 pm
(22) Sam Thorn says:

I am not on Linkedin for all the reasons mentioned. In my view I do not know what type of person outlines their entire history for Linkedin connections? I would never pass my resume around an office or a party and frankly that is precisely what Linkedin seemed to me. I was creeped out beyond belief and felt like a 50 year old fool on there. I am no longer a member.

August 3, 2013 at 9:36 am
(23) John says:

Had a friend boasting about his 500+ connections until he found out one of those connections (a former co-worker) was indicted of a serious, much publicized crime that was all over the international news which hurt my friend’s reputation.

If you looked at this convicted criminal’s social media profiles today, you would think he was a renowned, successful businessman. Folks should remind themselves that during this prolonged economic crisis, many good people you know will turn bad and it can happen any time without you knowing it!

August 16, 2013 at 5:46 am
(24) Sebastian says:

Screw LinkedIn Isnt it funny that everyone on linked in is some sort of “manager”, or “executive”. No wonder the economy sucks, nothing but a bunch of execs and managers lol

August 16, 2013 at 12:37 pm
(25) Janey G says:

My faith has been restored reading these comments! Instinctively felt LinkedIn was a complete waste of time – glad to see that confirmed.

August 17, 2013 at 12:08 pm
(26) Shelley Elmblad says:

I think LinkedIn is so worth the time when used as Alison recommends. I’ve been offered work projects because of my LinkedIn profile (I’m working on one right now) and my husband recently was hired for a new job for some specific skills he has after he was found by a recruiter on LinkedIn. I connect with people I know or who I am familiar with, or who may be looking for someone who can do the kind of work I do, and I don’t use it as a “friends” hangout. I’ve noticed that there are people who expect it to be another Facebook, and that’s not what it’s about at all. I should use the groups more often, but haven’t had much time for that.

August 18, 2013 at 8:45 am
(27) James Chan says:

I recently pruned my LinkedIn connections drastically and keep those people I know. The number of contacts is not an indication of quality, achievement or goodness.

August 19, 2013 at 4:20 pm
(28) Maria Hebda says:

Well said Alison! My recommendation is to do away with the generic blub when wanting to connect with someone on LinkedIn. Anyone can do that and in my personal opinion, it shows there’s really no genuine interest in the connection.

When I get the general invite “I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn” and the note is not even addressed to me personally, delete. I figure if there is a true interest in connecting with me, they would at least know my name.

Again, great article!

~ Maria

August 19, 2013 at 4:52 pm
(29) sally says:

I’m on LinkedIn because I know that recruiters and employers do look on LinkedIn for new hires.

I also have major issues with LinkedIn – The search engine is absolutely awful, They make it difficult, not easy, to connect with people, The user interface is awful. Etc.

I figure the main value of LinkedIn is to make Reid Hoffman $, just as the main value of fb is to make Mark Zuckerberg $.

I drank enough Kool-Aid to put my profile up, but I’m not going to waste a lot of time on LinkedIn connecting with strangers.

August 19, 2013 at 11:22 pm
(30) Mike G. Davis says:

Having spent much time in Europe. One of the interesting things I noticed with resume’s there was the photo of the individual included in their resume’ This has been in practice over there for years. Here in the States it seems the idea would be somewhat illegal, opening the door for discrimination. I don’t think it’s a good idea to have photo’s posted with Linkedin either. My superior at my place of employement told me to hire 3 employees. Make sure they weren’t over weight and avoid those with ear rings, tatoos and loud colored hair. I went to our Human Resource manager to tell him of this along with other illegal activities my superior has employed. My superior was called into HR and questioned about this. As a result a few months later I was terminated. My point is, Linkedin is a tool that can be used against you. It also is another apperatous used to break human connection in the name of saving time. Working in the high tech industry for a very long time I can say that High Tech can be a useful tool but in most cases High Tech fails for often than it should. Linkedin as well as other such tools can be manipulated to cover as can a persons referances when applying for employment. Linkedin is not a useful tool.

August 21, 2013 at 4:54 pm
(31) Clodagh Phelan says:

I found LinkedIn difficult to use before, nowwith the new system it’s becoming such a time wasting exercise. I wrote a new summary for my profile, took a lot of care with text and design. It was headed by quotes from my clients in a text box in different fonts – it looked great. LinkedIn wouldn’t accept the text box even via their new media thing. I can no longer have my blog posts automatically updated. The post image appears too big for the space allowed. To add insult to injury the new summary didn’t appear on the main page where updates appear although it said I had updated my ‘Experience’ when I hadn’t. I was really making an effort to get work by updating everything but seems a wasted effort.

August 22, 2013 at 12:29 pm
(32) Hoi says:

Glad to have some of my thoughts verified by the not-so-good coments. Another hype, pass its prime, promoted by people who benefited from it.
Success (with Linked-in-in “finding a j-o-b” context only) is the exception, rather than the rule.

August 24, 2013 at 10:56 am
(33) Joe G. says:

The problem with Linkedin is that it can be very dangerous. You might have a job the doesn’t pay well, but has great stability and benefits, but you will be hounded on Linkedin by recruiters. Recruiters offering up big money for temporary jobs. When the temporary job is over, you get no pay check.

I get at least one email a week and many more about 6 weeks out from the end of the quarter, because I accepted connections from recruiters. All they are doing is looking for commission and could care less what happens to you.

August 26, 2013 at 11:47 am
(34) Matt says:

First, this is a great article. Thank you for posting it!
Second, to all the “naysayers” about LinkedIn – This is ONLY a tool to get you in front of someone. That’s how you need to use it. There is always negative and positive to everything. With LinkedIn, I strongly believe that the positive GREATLY outweighs the negative.
I have and continue to coach many clients that have obtained jobs as a result of LInkedIn. Myself being one of them.
Usually, the number one reason people lose out on getting the job offer is INTERVIEWING. There is no “second place.” Even if your experience is less than someone else’s and they interview better – THEY get the job!
So, maybe it is not JUST LInkedIn. It may be several other factors, like interviewing.
I can show anyone how to market themselves, search for RELEVANT jobs, and connect with relevant people on LinkedIn.
It is the one of the greatest tools to get folks in front of others.
I tell my parents and some of my more mature clients who always knew “you gotta know someone” that is today’s equivalent of “getting to know someone.”

August 27, 2013 at 11:05 am
(35) Ed says:

All IT job boards, linkedin, cwjobs, jobsite, planetrecruit, totaljobs, technojobs, efinancialareers, monster, indeed, etc etc are useless, never even get a call back ever..

September 3, 2013 at 9:50 am
(36) Jen says:

As a search researcher for a boutique head-hunter, searching for staff at several global 500 companies, I can promise you that LinkedIn is no waste of time. Though I use several technical ways of finding my people, I ALWAYS find the profile on LinkedIn as my last step before compiling my long list. If you find LinkedIn useless, you are not doing it right! My advice to job searchers? Make your profile as complete as possible. Add references, projects, URL’s and your education. Make sure that you add keywords and focus on the skills that make you unique and employable. LinkedIn is a very powerful tool, but only if you use it right.

September 4, 2013 at 3:16 pm
(37) Tess Nosbush says:

You can always remove a connection. I did that after accepting a couple of invitations from recruiters, who actually said in their messages that they wanted to talk with me but apparently had no intention of talking with me since they ignored my phone calls. So, I just went ahead and “disconnected” from them . . . easy.

September 7, 2013 at 10:12 am
(38) Tarquin says:

Linkedin appears to be nirvana for self-important HR office workers who have an unerring tendency to over-value themselves while over-complicating what is a very simple and basic function.

For everyone else, Linkedin is very much a case of take it or leave it. I don’t suppose anyone will spontaneously cease to exist whichever choice they make.

September 9, 2013 at 4:19 pm
(39) Tom McCollum says:

Spot on Alison! The internet is the new first impression and with person to person contact continuing to give way to the efficiency AND preference of online interactions, combined with our growing virtual network of colleagues, more and more people become vulnerable because their online image doesn’t match their offline persona. LinkedIn is the ideal platform for most––ease of use and a strong index with the search engines.

Visibility and opportunity go hand-in-hand nowadays. Enjoyed reading your comments and couldn’t agree more!

Tom McCollum

September 17, 2013 at 1:09 am
(40) Bill says:

Like Alison mentioned, people that are comfortable using Linkedin the way she suggested it can can benefit. I don’t doubt it. But like any other tool there are pros and cons.

The question though is do the pros outweigh the cons? And this is a matter of personal values. For me Linkedin is not it. Like with other social media you are exposing yourself to the world. You basically become an exhibitionist by posting your resume on Linkedin for the whole world to see. This is a problem with all social media, not just Linkedin. If I were a celebrity or politician or somebody that has to communicate with the public, sure twitter is perfect so you can tell people where you stand on issues. However the vast majority of us are not public figures and there’s no need for us to tell the whole world what we think about everything and record it in public for the whole world to see. Although this comment relates to twitter, it also applies to Linkedin as well. Should $5 billion people, i.e. the whole world population have access to my career profile, I don’t think so.

The internet is one of the biggest technological advancements of the 21st century. Social media, though, were we let others know what we are up to and update our activities, offer opinions etc. is primarily for thought leaders and people that need mass communication with the public (like politicians and celebrities). However for the vast majority of us we don’t want anybody to be able to do a search on us and find out our personal values and opinions. At least I don’t, those are personal and I like to keep to myself or share only with people I know very well and I’m certain that I can trust to share my values with them.

September 19, 2013 at 7:21 am
(41) Kris says:

Thanks for this article Alison. I manage a Job Board + online recruiting services in South Africa. By SA standards a pretty busy and popular site. LinkedIn has emerged as a strong contender in SA but many are also disillusioned in the social media space. It’s too OPEN I hear; Privacy is being compromised I hear; in the beginning getting head hunted was flattering but today I am consistently hounded by agencies; “as an agency I have to work twice as hard on LinkedIn as I do on a Job Board – on the Job Board I search the Resume DB and bingo find the candidate – in LinkedIn its very expensive and time consuming – I have stopped using as a paying customer and use it casually today”; Everything is on the Internet today – we all are – it is just over crowded.
My comments – perhaps LinkedIn have got it right by charging the Job Seeker to go to the top of the pile – but is this ethical? So, those that can afford the fees go to the top of the pile – is this fair? Job Board could learn a lot from LinkedIn’s success and capitalise on becoming more niche and creating spaces that are smaller but focussed thus giving the Seekers in each niche area equal opportunity – while filters can do this – it is about the ‘Brand’ and the User Experience that will differentiate – oh! it must be MOBILE! So I say to all the people who have commented on this board to say that LinkedIn is a waste of time – there are and will be alternatives from those that have listened to you! Thank you to all who read this post – I appreciate your time.

September 25, 2013 at 9:42 am
(42) Marilynn L says:

I am not a business person; I am a retired government worker. But I have received two “invitations,” purportedly from a cousin (psychologist) and a friend (retired innkeeper) to join them on LinkedIn; one several months ago, the other this week.

Because this was illogical, I contacted each, at the time, to ask why they were inviting me. Neither person had extended an invitation, nor were they members of LinkedIn.

What’s going on here?

October 2, 2013 at 9:02 pm
(43) Jonathan says:

I think it is a good resource but not so much for job searching, but for references and a FM type network but only for the professional.

I am a government employee and I meet a lot of people, it helps me put my name out to a group of people at a conference and later on when I am trying to climb the ladder, I can reach out to these people whom I previously made an impression and let them know I am interested in a position that is within there realm of influence.

“Knowing somebody” is kind of a big deal at the upper echelons in the private sector and the public sector.

That is where I find worth and value at LinkedIn.

If I did not know people already, I certainly would not be using it as a primary source for a job.

October 6, 2013 at 8:44 am
(44) RandyH says:

Yeah, all the internet mice following blindly going nowhere.
I dropped LinkedIn like a hot potato a long time ago.
Useless site for job seekers

October 7, 2013 at 11:58 am
(45) michelle patrick says:

LinkedIn is a good site for some people that is applying for a professional postion. You don’t have to have one but can be a great benefit.

October 7, 2013 at 12:00 pm
(46) janise cooper says:

I believe that LinkedIn is for professonal networking and for people that could clearly identify themselves

October 7, 2013 at 8:46 pm
(47) cynthiagentry says:

I totally agree with your advice. I have had a linked-in for sometime now and, I recieve alot of add-ons from people all over the world. I always tend to question who they are and what they want. I’m currently in College majoring in IT Networking and a lot of peolple that contact are usually in the music industry. However, my major is not in the direction of music. I will be taking your advice and my Internship Instructor as well on how to get Linked-In with the correct potential employers.

October 11, 2013 at 6:10 pm
(48) jobseeker says:

Thanks for an informative article and thanks to all the commenters for adding perspective. I lost my job in May, and started going to local transition groups/classes. (The last time I had to interview was 20 years ago. The whole world has changed since then!)

The one idea that all the counselors and workshops emphatically endorsed was that the only way to have any credibility in the workforce these days is to have a beefy profile on Linked In (and Twitter, but that’s a different story).

For me, LI is a handy way to check out companies and link to their websites.

I’ve had no contact from any recruiters or people who “found” me. But… maybe that has to do with the fact that I keep being endorsed for talents I’m not seeking to market right now. That’s a huge problem, I think – the way they suggest endorsements based on what people have already endorsed me for.

October 16, 2013 at 1:13 am
(49) Brandon says:

Im sorry but I need to call BS on this.

Two months ago I started on a job search. I found a job I wanted on linked in and applied for the job through linked in. I noticed that it showed me who the recruiter was, so I reached out and asked to talk to them directly.

After a phone call with her, she was impressed with me, despite my resume not sticking out to her (she was honest that I needed to work on it) but still put it forward to the hiring manager.

After 2 phone screens and 1 in person interview, I know work for Amazon Web Services. All because I kept up on my linked in, had endorsements, and used linkedin to reach out to the employer.

There are also a ton of jobs on linked in, and they are easy to apply too. You just click “apply” and it sends the employer. Reduces the whole, go to a website and register and fill out there form, and do it for 30 different companies.

I had other interviews and job offers, but I got a really good one at Amazon thanks to linkedin. Is it the ONLY solution? No, but its still a great tool I recommend for everyone.

I wont say its for every career field. Such as a teacher or professor, but just about any other career field would benefit from it. You need to make sure you have endorsements and people who vouch for you.

October 23, 2013 at 11:33 am
(50) Peace says:

… yes, probably but right now LN is down. .. .

October 23, 2013 at 4:17 pm
(51) John Young says:

I suppose if you have one of those “square peg” careers that fit the “square hole” a typical hiring manager is looking to fill, then LinkedIn provides a shortcut. But for people like me, with 30 years of career experience in PR, it would be counter-productive. When an employer, say, in healthcare thinks they need someone who’s been a healthcare PR person for the past 30 years, they don’t want to see anything but heathcare on my resume. So, I’d have to customize a resume to make it appear that’s all I’ve ever done. It’s the same sales technique any good sales professional would use. You don’t start touting the benefits of an RV to a car buyer hellbent on buying a sports car. You just show them them the sports cars you have and close them as soon as you see a buying signal. LinkedIn’s profile format is also poorly designed—focusing attention on nonsense hiring factors like length of employment (displaying years and months yet!) Research shows that the vast majority of employers use social networking sites to disqualify candidates, rather than qualify them. So my take-away with social networking is to observe the Miranda warning: “Anything you say can and will be used against you.” All an employer needs to know about you is do you have the skills to do the job. Period. Everything else is just lazy management.

October 23, 2013 at 7:59 pm
(52) Jon says:

John Young you have hit the nail on the head. In this economy, the olde square peg jobbyjob is a thing of the past. I won’t be needing LinkedIn to validate my experience to anyone moving forward.

October 24, 2013 at 11:43 am
(53) Bart says:

LinkedIn is only valuable if your connections are broad and they update their profile regularly. I credit LinkedIn with (2) jobs I landed that I wouldn’t have known about if not for LinkedIn. Connections posted that they were recently hired by a school that I was trying to get into (for a different department). They literally paved the way for me. Neither job was gotten through a contact I spoke to often. The LinkedIn updates did the trick.

November 5, 2013 at 11:51 am
(54) Marian says:

In theory, LinkedIn “should” be a great place for networking, but in reality this site does not function well for most users. I am amazed when I can actually “connect” with someone because usually when I click on anything at their site I am set in a permanent loop of loading a page that never arrives. I have asked everyone I know who uses it and at least half experience the same problems as I. I have contacted LinkedIn several times over the last few years about my difficulties, even answered one of their surveys about their service (where I complained) but not once has anyone from LinkedIn ever contacted me about my troubles. I’ve tried new computers, new platforms, new browsers and nothing works, especially customer support at LinkedIn. I pretty much gave up.

November 5, 2013 at 5:42 pm
(55) Chris says:

Your article title is obviously link bait.

I think LinkedIn is one of the most valuable tools anyone looking for a job can utilize. I get at least 1 job offer per month through LinkedIn, and actually was approached for my current job through LinkedIn. If anybody thinks it is a waste of time, they are missing out on a huge opportunity.

November 14, 2013 at 1:28 pm
(56) Holly says:

I agree with you Alison that jobseekers should make the effort and present themselves in the best possible light with a full LinkedIn profile.

However I have no idea what you’re talking about when you say that LinkedIn members are trying to connect with you with “Private Profile” or some other anonymous headline!

This only occurs when other LinkedIn members are viewing your profile and would rather remain anonymous when checking you out. If they want to connect, their full name is used.

In fact, there is no such thing as a Private Profile on LinkedIn really. Once you’re on it, you can be found by everyone. It just depends on your level of savvy or level of account to see who that person is. The only place you can remain private is when you view fellow LinkedIn member profiles, or from being indexed by Search Engines.

November 14, 2013 at 9:02 pm
(57) Dee says:

Thank you all for your posts. I’m a little late in the game but I thank you all for allowing me to make my decision as to whether or not I would create a LinkedIn account. I sincerely appreciate your honesty.

November 15, 2013 at 2:05 pm
(58) TheRealBen says:

Actually, LinkedIn is a complete waste of time, period.

November 18, 2013 at 5:40 pm
(59) Xavier says:

I am confused with the above comments: a solid profile would get a lot of attention with recruiters, and then, it’s all about what you have to offer.

As a hiring manager myself, I would never hire a person that doesn’t have a LinkedIn profile matching his/her resume.

November 19, 2013 at 2:10 pm
(60) JamesR says:

It does “seem” like a good idea to post there, but evidently it only works for about half the people, half the time. Obviously it works well for you who are praising it but even the most tech-savvy people I know who have tried to make it work for them agree that it sucks.

November 19, 2013 at 6:46 pm
(61) Jerry Stevens says:

A LinkedIn profile won’t get you a job. Not having one might prevent you from getting a job that you really want. The first thing an employer is going to do if they are even halfway interested in you is look up your online profiles and LinkedIn is the one that will count the most.

I’m amazed at the number of people, young supposedly Internet-savvy people, who are looking for new employment but either don’t have a LinkedIn profile, or it is outdated and haphazardly completed. One of these people was seen pleading with his friends on Facebook to help him find a job.

And don’t even think about leaving jobs off. When the prospective employer figures that out, you won’t get any more calls and you may never know why.

November 20, 2013 at 12:00 pm
(62) james says:

Hate to sound like a broken record but if LinkedIn doesn’t fix their tech issues then I feel that they will go the way of “MySpace” or other albatrosses. Someone smarter and more tech-friendly will come along and replace them.

November 25, 2013 at 2:12 pm
(63) John J.J. says:

Unless you are a “<b>executive</b>” with profit/loss and hire/fire responsibility; have great looks, and an Ivy League pedigree, LinkedIn is a <b>total and complete waste of time.</b>
I had a LI profile, but took it down. Waste of time.
I once put my photo on LI, but a personal friend told me that photo would scare a prison guard. And it was the photo on my company ID!!!
I’ve never had profit/loss, or hire/fire responsibility, so what is there to brag about? That I showed up to my job and did my duties? Nothing I did could be quantified with $$$ or sales or anything. I’m just a cog in the machine.
Nope, unless you supervise or are in sales, LI is a time suck.
For those of us at the bottom of the org. chart, Snag-a-Job is a much better place to look for work.

December 2, 2013 at 6:52 pm
(64) Tim says:

LinkedIn is a tool to assist you in your professional career, no-more-no-less. Declaring it as the “end-all” for finding a job is a common mistake, and something that the nay-sayers use as the case for it being a total waste of time. If linkedin is a waste, then I don’t know what facebook and twitter are. And after reading alot of the negative opinions here, I can’t but wonder how many are just having fun being contrarians.

For those who have issues with “frauds” for connections, don’t worry. A good hiring manager can flush out the fakers pretty quickly.

December 4, 2013 at 11:50 am
(65) Robert R. Smith says:

I had a LinkedIn account and found it worthless. Nobody cared. I deleted my Facebook, LinkedIn, Career Builder, and Monster accounts yesterday. I have over 30 years experience as an Electronics Technician and Software Tester. I think the job market is hopeless if you are over 50. Since I am age 69, nobody will hire me. The best I can do is what I am doing now working part time putting magazines in retail store’s checkout pockets. I am interested in working at home using my computer. If you have any suggestions let me know.

Thank You
Robert R. Smith

December 4, 2013 at 10:06 pm
(66) Glenn says:

Hi Alison,

Thanks for the article. I have recently re-entered the unemployment zone so I have sharpened my Linkedin account to laser point my skills and interests.

I can’t seem to find the “join my network” option I remember was available a few years ago. When I try to connect with a 2nd or 3rd degree person the only option I have is to PAY to connect or I have to know their email address. Even worse, I can type in any email address and the prompt will tell me the invitation was sent successfully even if the email address is incorrect.

Have you or anyone else experienced this hiccup?

I’d love to hear if others are having this issue. You can reach me at glennleigh310@gmail.com to discuss.


December 5, 2013 at 12:34 am
(67) Stevie Campbell says:

The king has no clothes on…there someone said it.

From my experience of Linkedin it is populated by sad dreamers and pathetic egotists…

I recently had a conversation where I questioned the piece written by a mod, he replied, I shot his argument down in flames…he then refused to publish my piece of aerial gunnery as it not only disagreed with him but showed him to be the ********* that he apparently is.

Don’t waste your time with it, unless you want to become another sad ego massager of course, in which case by my guest

December 5, 2013 at 3:17 pm
(68) Crystal says:

My personal experience has been nothing but positive with LinkedIn. I believe most people who have something negative to say are those that go to a party, sit in a chair in the corner the whole night drinking punch, and at the end of the night they bash the hostess for throwing a horrid event. If you want LinkedIn to work for you, you have to MAKE THE EFFORT and have realistic expectations. If you were at a party where you didn’t know anyone but 2 people, you need to go up to people and introduce yourself, tell them relevant information to bridge a relationship, and have fun! Most individuals who think LinkedIn is a waste of time and internet space seem to be those individuals who can’t get the concept of LinkedIn so they bash it or have zero social skills so they bash the “event”.

December 6, 2013 at 1:24 am
(69) Jason says:

Frankly I think 99% of people miss the point.

FORGET LinkedIn is a Website, Online. Then use the information to RESEARCH RESEARCH RESEARCH, and finally ‘connect’ with REAL PEOPLE. That, IMHO, doesn’t mean ‘sending an invite’ to some dude you don’t know. It means get through to them somehow; from the ideal (through a mutual introduction, and I don’t mean LinkedIn’s system), through to getting his phone number, or worst case, his email – and reach out in an authentic, not all about you & what you want, way.

LinkedIn will allow you to manage your own ‘Profile’ meaning when folks look for you to find out more about you, and manage connections (ideally you already know or have had some contact, or something in common with), and it will allow you to build your ‘Personal Brand’ (which is just how other people perceive you), in real time through the wonderful filters such as Groups, that are available.

It’s not rocket science – forget you’re online, forget how LinkedIn suggests of some self proclaimed Guru or trainer suggests – be real, speak to people like you would in person, NETWORK with them, get to know them, and then the LinkedIn Invite is a matter of course to stay in touch.

December 10, 2013 at 11:32 am
(70) jamie says:

I get it that it’s a tool, but it’s a tool that doesn’t work well. I would use this tool for everything it’s designed for IF IT WORKED but it has so many issues in making “connections” I think it’s already an obsolete tool. . .I’ll go back to my abacus!

December 11, 2013 at 1:12 am
(71) Jeff says:

It is what it is, a tool. Nothing more. Lots of misunderstanding and superficial, uninformed reactionary comments based on a sole experience or little experience here. Silly really.

Sure, there are people on LinkedIn with egos, who lie, who try to connect hoping numbers will impress whomever, but bottom line, it’s kind of like a college degree. Pretty much a waste of time, doing very little to prepare most for anything, never mind a job, but it’s a ticket in. LinkedIn is a ticket in.

Most jobs don’t require a college degree, yet most employers require that you have that worthless piece of paper. Same with LinkedIn. In all reality, it’s probably not going to perform miracles, but more and more today employers are looking for some level of social savvy, thus why most are on LInkedIn.

It’s also in understanding what it is, what it isn’t and doing your homework as to how to maximize it’s use. It’s probably best for established workers, but still young workers can go on and mix things up. But you have to use common sense, have a plan, a goal, some tack and intelligence as to how to use it, and so forth. In reading the comments it appear many have created an account, done little with it, expected something to happen automatically, and simply left.

It’s like Facebook. Many see it as a waste of time if you own a business. But it’s the same thing, you have to learn how to use it, due your homework, give it a good try, and don’t expect miracles. A common factor I see in these comments are a general defeatist attitude, but that’s normal online or offline.

It is ONE tool. And just like any tool, it should not be relied on solely for success. In marketing, I don’t use just one, two, or three channels but eleven or twelve. Do your homework, establish your goals, and work at it. As Harrison Ford said about acting, too many actors just gave up too soon. That translates to most people in most areas of life.

December 17, 2013 at 7:28 pm
(72) zin says:

So many people recommend LinkedIn to fresh graduate or people with certificates but no related field experience.

Its completely rubbish for a new comer with only certificates and no related work experience to have a profile because no one cares about them.

These profiles only works for the big shots in the industry because they scratch each others back and find ways to make money in the corporate world by helping each other offering jobs.

Its sad how the newbies are exploited in the name of networking with corporate world spending so much time in this stupid website and getting nothing out of it.

December 18, 2013 at 7:29 pm
(73) Richard says:

I found my way to this forum because I have been looking for employment for about 6 months. I have my resume’ on Indeed, Monster, about two dozen defense industry companies’ (horrible) Taleos, and of course Linkedin(about 2 year profile). I have been contacted from each of the above resources’ sites but never ever from Linkedin. Because of that I Googled, “do employers even use Linkedin?” In my line of work I have a very strong resume and recently a muli-hundred-million dollar contract was bid in which I was approached by a number of organizations that wanted to use my resume but again none located me from Linkedin. It almost feels like it’s a site that people use to make themselves feel confident about themselves in their respective industries but rarely seems to pay off any dividends.

December 27, 2013 at 1:42 pm
(74) Catherine says:

LinkedIn has not been successful for at this point for business networking. My profile is fully complete, I change it every now and then, I have a professional photograph on the site. Many people have endorsed me…as well as, many who know nothing about my work! People who have never heard me utter a word, have endorsed me for public speaking. FYI…technically Facebook is not considered public speaking folks, not yet anyway. I have consistently reached out to people to network with for several years. I also have several positive recommendations from people who do know me. I’ve joined groups and I’ve spoken up in the groups as well. People want to “connect” with me at least a few times a month…and when I reach out to them, either with a personal phone call or email, I rarely get a call or email back. In my opinion, LinkedIn is simply eye candy. I’d love it to be truly useful, but it has not proved itself.

December 27, 2013 at 4:49 pm
(75) speaking of says:

“.investors are disappointed from the company’s inability to coordinate with the rumor mill.”

January 7, 2014 at 1:21 am
(76) PJ says:

I seem to be using it differently than others. 1- I write the URL on my resume. I almost don’t care if they visit or not, I just want them to know that I can put together a complete and professional package. It might not be so necessary if you already have a personal website, but it’s expected that you know how to work old style (pen and paper), and new style (somewhat tech literate). I’m already showing them I have the the skills I say I have in my resume, that I’m paying attention to detail, can network, know my way around the computer, etc. 2- I use the work descriptions and other info to cull from when sending tailored resumes. I can have all of my jobs on LinkedIn, then when crafting my individual resumes, I can just copy and paste what I want, and edit everything much quicker than before.
LinkedIn is one piece of the pie, there are many things that need to work in tandem for you to find the right job. But employers want to see that you’re making all the effort you can. It would benefit from some visual upgrades, though.

January 8, 2014 at 9:35 am
(77) Chris White says:

Here is a few facts that many people seem to be completely unaware. It is an employers market and has been for the past 20 years. Therefore, find employment is very frustrating and difficult. LinkIn is a corporation and like all corporations, the primary goal is to make money at an increasing rate every year. For many corporatation this is their only goal (e.g. consider the corporate behavior surrounding the biggest global financial crash in 80 years) Corporations employ various methods to maximize profit, which often includes less than honest behavior (e.g. advertising). Many of their employees have internalized corporate values and behavior out of a desired to gain employment and keep their jobs as well as enhance their careers (i.e. $$$$’s) Most HR so-called professionals promote LinkedIn. Refer back to my previous comments on “values” for the reasoning.

The fact is that corporations spend 100′s of millions of dollars on advertising and promotion. So, when they have employment needs they very frequently will advertise this need. HR people do provide some useful basic advice that is valid. After that, it is usefully selfaggrandizing BS.

Stop and consider this for a moment. Would you print thousands of copies of your resume and leave stacks of them on street corners for anyone to have a copy? Using LinkedIn is the electronic equivalent and because of the nature of digital data, the record is permament and can reside on millions of computers.

January 8, 2014 at 10:37 pm
(78) Doug says:

“The first thing an employer is going to do if they are even halfway interested in you is look up your online profiles and LinkedIn is the one that will count the most.”

If that’s true, and you won’t hire me due to the lack of a LI profile, I probably don’t want to work for you anyway.

I mean really, would I want to hire someone who’s likely going to be playing on the Internet all day instead of doing work?

I would be much more likely to hire someone who has the brains to retain some of their privacy, though I realize most corporate employers really want a conformist sheep who isn’t an outside-the-box thinker.

January 10, 2014 at 10:40 am
(79) Richard says:

I disagree with the waste of time comments here.

What I’m after on there is unusual and likely to be quite impossible, yet I got an incredibly solid hit from a recruiter who really took an awful lot of trouble to “figure me out” from the profile, my posts and subsequent conversation. The opportunity itself WAS a long shot, he knew that and told me but he though it was worth putting me forward anyway. 3 hours of interview and ok, they needed someone with quite a bit more established skill – but for that I’d have had a very good opportunity there solely through being found via LinkedIn.

It’s a tool, used badly or not much, will do nothing. Used well? you create chances – they ARE chances, not certainties.

My rules?
1)No spamming and no connection whoring
2)Avoid endorsing people’s skills unless I’m pretty sure they have them.
3)Argue with interesting articles as long as I’ve something more to say than “thank you”. Make sure you are really interested in it however, false enthusiasm will likely show.
4)Participate in groups – again that you would care about and no discussion whoring. Help or debate points selectively.
5)Forget directly plaguing people for work OR blindly sending out zillions of recruitment ads etc From both sides, fish with lines NOT a trawler!

January 10, 2014 at 10:40 am
(80) Richard says:

6)Be bloody honest on your profile and inject the real you in there. Forget stupid 3rd person commentary like “Richard is an *stereotyped cliche orientated cliche* with *another cliche here* who takes *more cliches and don’t forget some buzzwords here*”.

Lies take up mental space – I’ve never had a lie get me good stuff yet, get known for lying about something important once, that’s it – your done.

Vet connections – it’s ok to use “Is a friend” to connect to someone if you have a damned decent intention behind it and feel they will agree. Again, no whoring.

Is the above any guarantee – nope. All LinkedIn can do is help you create chances, that’s it.

See it that way and find ways to add value to it and a network of people on there. Eventually you’ll see some back.
I’ve several other benefits so far from LinkedIn. Strong and consistent encouragement from another professional in another continent with mutual interests; correspondence with several others who may introduce me in time to other possibilities and quite a lot of decent articles on the whole world of work: yes, there are rubbish ones too :) .

What you put in, I believe you get back – in the end but your own contribution has to be honest and real. I’ve tried to help a few here and there, nudging people towards a possibility etc hopefully those folks will pay it forward, whatever the outcome is.

That last point: seen the movie Pay it Forward?

Consider that LinkedIn might work better if the culture became that instead of pay it back?

Just a thought.

February 3, 2014 at 2:53 pm
(81) Jennifer says:

As an executive recruiter, I use a wide range of methods to locate qualified candidates for open jobs. All candidates are college graduates with a minimum 10 years experience in their field.

Many of the positions I manage are confidential searches for clients who will not allow us to post the job on the internet. We can email, we can cold call, and we turn to search engines including Linked In to find people.

I always find plenty of candidates on Linked In, great summaries telling me their background and what they looking for in their next job, but what drives me crazy is that 99% of them do not have contact information in their summary. How do they expect a recruiter to contact them?

February 6, 2014 at 11:15 pm
(82) James Canon says:


people have been telling me for years to join. finally joined tonight and already feel let down. seems really dumb. thank goodness I found this and read comments. you all seem to confirm it’s dumb.

quitting now.

February 9, 2014 at 4:25 pm
(83) Jonathan says:

Going into LinkedIn blind, I thought, “this will be a great networking tool to find a job”. Sadly, I found out very fast that LinkedIn was created for those who already have careers. For those, like myself, that are just starting out with no work experience it’s very difficult to succeed using LinkedIn as a tool for getting a job.

Problem 1 – No Connections
I realized no one I know has a LinkedIn account (little brother, who’s also job hunting doesn’t count). For example, when I quickly found out none of my close friends/classmates/co-workers had accounts, I tried Professors/Alumni/Parents…absolutely no one had accounts.

Problem 2 – Creating Connections
In order to make connections, you have to upgrade your account so you can send messages to individuals you’d like to try and make a connections with. This means you need to have money, so I’m in this loop of; can’t get a job without experience, can’t get experience without connections, and can’t get connections without a job aka money (applies to LinkedIn).

February 16, 2014 at 1:02 pm
(84) E. E. Nothing says:

And I used to think that I could network for that cool electrical engineering job. Hah.

Thank you Ms. Doyle and many of you who proved my point. Networking only works if you already know each other. I don’t know anyone in my field so I really thought upon graduation I could network so people would get to know me. I soon learned how wrong I was.

Like others here, I too shut down my linkedin account. Why should I waste my time trying to talk to people if they are going to basically tell me to “$$$ off stranger” move along.

I did have one person contact me; some headhunter three states away from me. But the last straw was when my very own next door neighbor, who I knew about 10 years at the time, turned me down when I requested to connect. I guess her “Strategic Global Sourcing Manager” title was just too much for my piddly little engineer status.

February 16, 2014 at 1:18 pm
(85) E. E. Nothing says:

Fred Said,
” The trouble with Linkedin is that you don’t really know these people. You don’t know they’re backgrounds, the quality of their work, how they get along in real group settings…nothing.”

Please correct me if I am wrong, but your line of reasoning is that any qualified job applicant off the street, just because you do not personally know them, doesn’t have a snowflakes chance in Hell to get hired? Not even a job interview?

Like a person off the street applie for a job to show what they have to offer, can’t a linkedin person follow-up with more details?

Aren’t many qualified people being passed over due to family and friends?

February 17, 2014 at 6:48 pm
(86) Alice says:

Thank you for your advice here. I feel myself that employers should let people apply for the jobs rather than them getting the applicants. If people apply for the jobs, it shows that they are interested in working for them. I felt afraid of using LinkedIn as wondered if yes or no. I tried to contact someone inside to ask them who is their actual recruiter, recruitment company or themselves? Got no reply. Disappointing. Thank you for confirming my suspicions about Linkedin

February 18, 2014 at 12:30 pm
(87) James S says:

I’m an IT contractor and I generally switch jobs and companies every 12-18 months. So you’d think that a dynamic Linkediin Profile would be a must for me, but last time I had a Linkedin account was over 5 years ago and I got rid of it because I never got one hit off of it.

I’ve landed my last two contracts through people I’d previously worked with who knew my skill set (they simply set me a text about an opportunity, and I followed up.)

People have told me that I should set up a Linkedin Profile, and I’ve considered doing it, but the fact that I’ve been able to get roles through simple networking just reinforces my skepticism of its use.

Maybe I’m just lucky.

February 18, 2014 at 5:23 pm
(88) candice says:


You are very lucky I feel. I have a lot of previous IT experience but left ther technical field to stay home and raise children for many years. Since my experience was as a developer I recently returned to school to get a certificate and MS certifications.I was told thAT

February 19, 2014 at 5:16 pm
(89) Merne says:

I think some of the commenters on here saying that linkedin is a complete waste haven’t thought about certain professions.

For programmers, linkedin is perfect. For jobs like this or others where you have a digital portfolio or some “proof” that you are what you say you are its a dream come true. Then again good programmers are hard to come by these days and the jobs are everywhere.

I also think if used right, linkedin is great for everyone. Sure you can falsify info, but its no different than the ancient CV/Resume. If you’re an employer and looking for someone to hire, you have to do your legwork fact-checking or use your gut to decide if their being honest or not.

February 19, 2014 at 11:42 pm
(90) Jo says:

Of course many people inflate their experience and talent on linked in profiles, just as they do in resumes. But one of the fantastic advantages of linked in is that it is very easy to look at their connections, find people you know and trust (in my large, but everyone-knows-everyone industry this is the case) and contact them for an “Off resume” reference or feedback, rather than just the two or three selective references provided in resumes.

Initially I was reluctant to add connections who I’d worked with but would never choose to employ or work with again, particularly when they were clearly lying about their experience when we worked together. But then, if someone is potentially looking at them as a candidate, and contacts me about them, it gives me the opportunity to tell them the real story, as I have done on several occasions.

I firmly believe linked in’s advantage lies beyond personal promotion, but in uncovering truth, or misrepresentation, particularly for employers.

February 20, 2014 at 10:16 am
(91) M. Carroll says:

Honestly; you just taught me something. I had the opposite thought process of not sending a message and just reaching out to contact. Seeing your words are simple and make sense. This is a business networking site not a social site….

February 20, 2014 at 1:13 pm
(92) Jeremy E. Mora says:

I think that Linkedin is not useful for the fact that I see many college graduates now having their own. Because of this I see people trying to be “over achievers” by saying they worked at KFC as a cook, but their profile descriptions describe them as “logistical managers” and “time and preparation planners” when really they received and recorded loads from the KFC supply truck and planned peoples schedules. I think its ridiculous when I see people who obviously hadn’t done much during college suddenly write their professional attributes as if they were CEO or CFO. Totally overrated and not to mention, their profile pictures are straight out of their Facebook profile. I’m sorry everybody, but I’m out to decertify this Linkedin as a source of trustworthy job applicants and “connections”. The internet is full of fakes. If somebody wants a job, I want them to come directly to me and have a face to face meeting. No scripts, no pre memorized lines. Real quality time. Maybe if this Linkedin thing won’t stop, I’ll create one for my dog and my wife’s dog.

February 25, 2014 at 6:59 am
(93) t says:

unless you pay linkedin for an upgraded account, i am convinced that it is a waste of time when applying for jobs. i have two degrees and over 10 years of experience in my field. i had heard about linkedin and thought i would give it try, so i set up my profile, which is deemed “expert” status by linkedin, and started applying for jobs. in the first six months, i did not get ONE SINGLE HIT, while i had numerous interviews for jobs i had applied for via careerbuilder, monster, jobungo, etc. i even had more hits using craigslist.

it is even to the point now that linkedin will not allow you to provide a cover letter unless you upgrade. how useless is that?

basically, i have stopped applying for jobs via linkedin because it produced no results. i am not convinced that upgrading my account will do me any good, and i question the ethics of any organization that provides accessibility to employers on the highest bidders. to me, that is one of the lowest forms of exploitation. i am not necessarily accusing linkedin of such things, but i am not convinced that they are not either.

the last thing that job seekers need, especially those who are unemployed, is a corporation playing on their sensibilities.

March 4, 2014 at 7:23 am
(94) John says:

I have a Linked In premium account. I’ve more than doubled my LinkedIn connections. The number of times my LinkedIn profile has been viewed has skyrocketed. I regularly post positive, original material as updates to demonstrate my abilities. However, I’m still being rejected for jobs and none of my LinkedIn activity has led to a job offer. What’s wrong?

March 7, 2014 at 8:35 am
(95) Erin says:

The dialogue herein is rather disturbing, to say the least. Most of what I’ve read, except for a handful of comments, are from people who are playing victims and blaming LinkedIN for part of the responsibility. Each and every one of us are responsible for demonstrating our worthiness for a job. LinkedIN is a technology – a face to promote oneself one step further. Period. Jobseekers need to promote themselves, but if you don’t like it, get out and stop whining. As one person humbly mentioned, LinkedIN, is just another layer or extension of our visibility. It will not get you a job. It’s a broad process, from networking, strong references, excellent CV’s, LinkedIN profiles (that demonstrate tech savviness), non-inappropriate FB content (made public), and strong interpersonal skills. Finding a job is one of the hardest jobs, and unfortunately, it’s unpaid. The harder you work, the faster you’ll reap the benefits.

March 21, 2014 at 3:24 am
(96) Jeremy Sargent says:

The trouble with LinkedIn is that people think that you put everyone in your LinkedIn profile that you have come across without actually knowing them. Contacts are supposed to be for people you have had some cooperation with or actually know in some professional way. It is not a professional facebook (even though people use “likes”). Likewise although I opened my LinkedIn account late last year 2013, I still have not added all my relevant information to my profile because I am carefully considering what I want to project to people who read my profile. I have over 25 years of experience but, because of that, starting and planning my profile isn’t easy since I have to choose carefully so that my career path is directed as I want it to be. The accomplishments are very much like the parts that actors play in that you may be “type-casted” into a role. The role that you want in the future is dependent on what the accomplsiments you “advertised” on your profile. Remember not to lie since this will come back to you in a bad way. Also, as the article suggests, before you ask for membership to any group you should supplement your accomplishments at each position, otherwise the group might think you are “sniffing” for connections. Some groups, in some ways, are no different from individuals and want to have members with complete profiles. Personally it would be nice if groups had more details in their guidelines for candidates to read BEFORE making a request so that no ones time is wasted.

March 22, 2014 at 11:20 am
(97) stuart says:

The thing that never ceases to amaze me is how fake and pretentious it is. The only people who will benefit from LinkedIn are those who like to throw around loads of buzzwords, connect to loads of people to make themselves look like they are a major wheeler-dealer and who like to shout about how good they think they are.

I have also seen several examples of people who are connected to each other and I know that at least one party in the connection was regularly slating the other one behind their back at work.

People were sucessfully getting jobs long before LinkedIn was around.

March 31, 2014 at 2:42 pm
(98) John says:

This is a great way to help random people get more of your personal info so they can use it to their advantage. Just create a resume, provide some good references and you’ll be just fine. Not having a LinkedIn account will give you a chance to reveal yourself in a light you want to be in especially if you are looking for a job. Unless you clearly see how Linked in will benefit you that profile will likely be a waste of time. Doing things like volunteer work, open source projects and being involved with large company in some way is much better than this silly network of favors.

April 2, 2014 at 11:52 pm
(99) Pete says:

LinkedIn is a piece of advertising with you as the product, and who want’s to be a “product”? Not me.

Like many social sites, it can be a waste of time and energy. I’ve landed a very good job without it, (using a traditional website to display my work) and good old fashion word of mouth.

Why are you putting 90% of your efforts into an online scheme that only guarantees a 10% chance of hire? Push damn self away from the keyboard and hit the streets and start talking.

April 12, 2014 at 10:48 am
(100) John says:

LinkedIn sounds good and I liked the idea of having connected with people via similar cause or interest groups and interestingly have heard of job leads via LinkedIn even if have not landed the next job from LinkedIn yet. One of the worst things I have seen in networking is when two people have usually hit it off well in a workplace and things are smooth and one party stops responding for no clear reason and doesn’t reply back to the other person who is casually reaching out and seeing how all is. I sure wish everyone had a sense of decency and common guideline to follow especially to reply back to the other party who is reaching out sincerely. Also, it is not acceptable or fair at all for one to dislike or think negatively towards another person for no reason especially when that other person clearly does well and is a genuine, good person and makes the effort to help and keep in touch and there must more clear karmic consequences for people who don’t respond or block someone on FB suddenly or illogically with no reason given.

April 13, 2014 at 12:49 pm
(101) ben says:

I found it a total time waster. People use it to try and sell u their services and nothing more. I had over 500 connections and when I asked some for introductions, 99% never replied. I sent Inmails and they never replied and I never once received an email or from a recruiter or HR person.

I also feel it impeeds your job search and chances. Recruiters and HR can look at your profile and dimsiss you ASAP before ever reading your resume or cover letter. My friends and I sent out over 3000 resumes to job posts via Linked since May 2010. In total, we received 10 calls. It didnt help me when I belonged to it, so I cant see how it is going to have any negative affect on me if I dont have an account.

I canceled my account two weeks ago.

April 13, 2014 at 4:34 pm
(102) Marty says:

I think most of the people trashing Linkedin on here have no idea how to use it properly. This is about professional business networking and keeping in contact with past/present colleagues who can provide referee reports or give you ideas of new job opportunities. The alternative is to add them to your facebook and some people especially your boss may not want to do that. Linkedin does not replace the fact you still need to sell yourself at a real interview. I see so many people with linkedin profiles that are not open and transparent ie; no professional photo, very few details so you can’t expect people to approach you online or even your current colleagues to connect with you if you give nothing in return.

April 14, 2014 at 3:22 am
(103) chris says:

I must agree with Erin and Marty. Linkedin is a great tool and we use it often to employ people with great success. Lets face it, the person you are after to do a job – already has a job! Linkedin puts you in contact with those people.

April 15, 2014 at 1:42 am
(104) anna says:

Great advice, except for people with real personal security issues or “enemies”in the world. This is particularly true for some women who have excaped from very dangerous situations, though not exclusive to them. Linkedin is insensitive to this and doesn’t allow the level of flexibility needed for people to safely participate in this networking tool without jeopardising personal security… Yes, sounds paranoid, but not if you have been through something awful, as some innocent but very hard working and innocent people have, or if you have malicious people in the world for any reason who would harm you and from who you need to remain out of touch. Sadly many people can’t just “be careful” and have gone to great lengths to excape from difficult situations. Until Linkedin offers more flexibility to determine who can see your profile, to block individuals if it is needed, there are folks out there who cannot particpate as you describe. Sad, since as you point out it is a powerful tool and many will not be able to job hunt effectively due to real concerns about personal safety.

April 17, 2014 at 11:39 am
(105) James S says:

@Marty – Post 102.

You don’t need Linkedin to keep in contact with past colleagues who can act as referrals, nor do you need to add them to a facebook friend list.

The contacts of anyone who can provide a reference are on my mobile phone, and are only a text away.

April 21, 2014 at 2:54 pm
(106) WIll says:

LinkedIn requires work. No one can simply create an account and think the offers for work will roll in. Networking is a huge part of the LI experience. If you are not up for connecting with people, then LI is not for you.

Yes, there are charlatans out there and there are companies which do not have real roles, or, like many new recruiters are doing now, trolling for experienced people to teach junior staff via the “interview” process.

Connect with people you know and touch base with them every once in a while. Keep your network closed to people who cannot identify themselves and be parsimonious accepting invitations with recruiters. Not all are the same.

Lastly, for those of you looking for a job/career/gig, make it easy for someone to reach out to you. Use common sense and don’t be so trusting.

April 22, 2014 at 12:10 pm
(107) Lora says:

<b>Advice to LinkedIn job seekers<b/>: I have an ad posted for a position in my organization and I am amazed at the number of people who “apply” without sending their resume with their application. Sure, I can probably read all the same stuff on your profile, but I have to keep local records, you know, and I have to be able to forward your resume to other people in my organization. So don’t be stupid! Because that means you are eliminated from contention automatically, and for all I know, you’d have been brilliant at the job. But I do not have time to waste writing back to request your resume, nor do I want to spend my time poking around on Linked In to read your stuff when I am too busy as it is.

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