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Kage
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What do you use LinkedIn for?

When I was in school I was told that programmers need a LinkedIn profile! So I made one, and connected to all my classmates and to this day still connect with my coworkers and other people I meet.

The platform itself is just full of people posting their accomplishments, but written out in way too long stories. Also a bunch of people share random articles I couldn't care less about.

At least once a week I get a network request from a recruiter, and from what I hear that's considered not very often. The recruiters always offer me a shitty job at a shitty place.

The whole platform feels like one big circlejerk with people bragging about their large network.

So what's the point of LinkedIn? Does anyone actually take jobs from annoying recruiters?

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  • 14
    I only have it to "stalk" people 😂
  • 7
    Just using it for exposure in case I should ever need a recruiter or work.
    It is like having a condom in your wallet. You'll never know when you're gonna need it
  • 7
    @Sumafu These people get daily mails "Sumafu looked at your profile"? xD
  • 5
    It depends on the people you interact with.
    I once worked for an artist who mingled with the top executives of top banks, Insurances, celebreties and politicians. Linked in was very Important for him to make and entertain business relations. If he got a businesscard first thing was he added this person to linked in.

    So as an employed programmer, unless you've got an idea on what you want to achieve on Linkedin the only thing you get out of linkedin is bad recuiter offers.

    But if you have to sell something constantly then Linkedin is an invaluable tool to do business. It supports your social skills to keep in touch with your contacts and let's you ask for favours from ceos and such if you need one.
  • 3
    @Kage I don’t know, but I also don’t care 😂
  • 5
    I don’t use it. I got fed up of all the psychopathic atmosphere and deleted my account. It’s even worse than Facebook.
  • 8
    @jespersh A condom in your wallet? A wallet is a very bad place to store it. Temperature changes and rubbing will make it ineffective.
  • 3
    It used to be for networking, but nowadays its a cesspool of headhunters I added in the past.
  • 2
    I am happily and gainfully employed, so I currently have no use for it. If that changed, I would jump on and use it hard. For me, it's been by far the best way to find jobs. I don't use traditional job sites at all anymore, because LinkedIn has everything I need.
  • 1
    I don't hardly use it but it's handy for jobs. I do agree that once a week isn't that much but suppose that depends on your core skills or location (?)
  • 1
    @LombArd Probably because I don't have a large online presence, plus I'm new to the field (finished my study about a year ago).
  • 2
    LinkedIn has gotten me jobs, it can be a piston, but mostly ignore it while you're happy in a job, then jump on it when you aren't.
  • 1
    @Redders damn auto correct.
    In can be a pain, that should say :-P
  • 1
    @filthyranter you could store the condom on your dick, but that just makes weird conversation first time you gotta use it
  • 3
    I get stuck on the history option for things, it isn't like I can put where I went to school/etc.

    Somehow I can imagine getting a job where your history part says "Witness protection programme relocation" isn't going to score you highly..
  • 1
    @jespersh There are better ways to carry a condom around with you. A wallet is just the worst one you could've picked.
  • 3
    LinkedIn has degraded to people congratulating and licking each others butt
  • 2
    @ReverendLovejoy Much like CV's, its filled with lies.
  • 0
  • 3
    If you want to find good devs you go to Github or Stackoverflow. If you want to find good designers you go to Dribbble. LinkedIn was useless for me as a freelance developer so far.
  • 2
    @TechNomad

    How do you find a good dev on Github ?
  • 2
    I used LinkedIn when I was severely depressed and lethargic but needed to find a new job or I'll starve to death. It was very helpful for a lazy fuck like me who can barely get out of the sofa since you just have to fill out some details and toggle the "let companies know I'm open for opportunities" (something like that) then the messages you receive are tripled and all you have to do next is pick up the phone when they call.

    I was hesitant to use it before because I found it annoying. Now that I see how helpful it can be, I didn't delete my account after I got a job. My current company and project is awesome and I wouldn't have found this opportunity on my own. So yeah, those annoying recruiters are helpful. Just be open for discussion on the role they are offering you and you may find some hidden treasures.
  • 0
    Also, I don't read what's on the news feed. It's all like Facebook nonsense. I unfollow the people I connect with except for some dev gurus and podcast hosts. Some companies also post news about their tech products so you can actually customize it to get the "dev feel". But I almost never checked it again after I got a job.
  • 1
    @rutee07 that's a nice success story. 😊
    I guess I'll just keep my account active, I'll never know when I might need it. But I'm disabling all emails, I don't care I was in 4 searches this week xD
  • 1
    What are your standards for accepting a network request? Do you accept requests from people you never met?
    @rutee07 @Redders @LombArd @bahua @heyheni @jespersh
  • 2
    @Kage Just keep your skills section updated. That's what they always search for so put in as much as you can (don't lie, of course) and don't be discouraged if a recruiter reaches out to you and you find that you have no idea about some of the technologies they listed as requirements. I had one recruiter tell me that they just put some items in because that's what the project uses but there's always a "main" skill that is most important. Just be honest and tell them you only have experience in such and such. They will help you, also so you don't waste your time. Good luck!
  • 3
    @Kage I personally don't mind accepting connection requests from people I don't know. Some people may find that bothersome but I see LinkedIn as the opposite of Facebook. On Facebook, you add people you already know. On LinkedIn, you connect with people you want to know. Some people use it to actually connect or meet-up with possible clients or business partners. I heard a tip from a podcast interview that if you want to be a data scientist, for example, you can actually search and connect with people who has that job title and live near you. You can invite them for a coffee near their office or whatever is convenient and safe for them. Maybe you can treat them in exchange for a short chat on how they landed that job. Who knows, they might refer you, but worst case you'll get some insight on the job you want.

    Of course there are posers and bad people everywhere on the internet so take care and meet only in safe public places.
  • 2
    @Kage yeah all the time. Most of the time they are recruiters, and even if I'm not interested at the time, there might be a time they are useful.
    Also, they may end up adding to your credibility
  • 1
    > On Facebook, you add people you already know.

    I use Facebook primarily to meet people I don't know !

    I find LinkedIn very clunky for that kind of thing, and not at all easy to use for the most simple of methods to chat to folk.
  • 2
    @Kage pretty much anyone.
  • 3
    @Kage

    If the person's career is somewhat proximal to mine, then yes. Every time. I personally have a bigger problem accepting requests from friends and family, as they're useless on LinkedIn.
  • 3
    thanks boys, you changed my perspective on the platform 🙂
    @rutee07 @bahua @jespersh @LombArd @Redders @heyheni
  • 1
    @Sumafu don't do it to stalk your crush......this idiot app notifies everything
  • 2
    Linkedin has always been the utterly forgettable psychopathic cousin of facebook.

    Facebook would have been smart to buy them. Just looked it up. Yep. Microsoft nabbed em after FB and Google were already interested.
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