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LinkedIn, any good?

Postby mbrST1100 » 24 Aug 2014, 22:26

For obvious reasons I'd successfully avoided all that "social network stuff" like holy-water, but recently I'd received an invitation to Linked In by someone in UK I've known from work since >15 years...

Is it any good?
Or will I be just spammed by overzealous sales nerds?
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Re: Linked In, any good?

Postby Pieter Huizinga » 25 Aug 2014, 11:21

I have positive experiences with Linkedin. In fact, my last 2 contracts came from headhunters who had found my profile there.
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Re: Linked In, any good?

Postby WJBertrand » 25 Aug 2014, 23:17

I use it strictly for professional connections. No small talk or motorcycle talk there for me. I have been approached for a few interesting job opportunities as recruiters use it to ferret out candidates. So far the only one I've bitten on seemed to dry up. That's OK as I'm not really looking for anything new right now anyway.
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Re: Linked In, any good?

Postby mbrST1100 » 26 Aug 2014, 13:59

WJBertrand wrote:I use it strictly for professional connections.

Which its intended for...
I spent 15 years serving as product support engineer for Austria and surrounding countries, however am I currently (back) in function as site engineer in installation & service...
Not that I mind the blue/grey collar work, but at about 50 the question how long will I be physically able to hop around on ladders, scaffolds and rooftops, hoisting heavy equipment, etc... is raising...
And official labour brokers (as well as HR in corporations) are pretty reluctant on dealing with "elderly people" these days... (once exceeding mid-40ies your through...)
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Re: LinkedIn, any good?

Postby mbrST1100 » 26 Aug 2014, 22:04

FWIW: went for the subscription and have already two contacts within the industry...
...and their a lot of familiar faces on it... from business as well as from the ST/motorcycle world...

A bit irritating that their website-engine constantly insists on scanning/snooping out your contact folders... IMHO a slight violation of common privacy/confidentiality policies...
I've like 1500 entries, across Europe, UK, Japan and Thailand... I doubt those persons would be pleased about receiving "Join LinkedIn"-SPAM... :?
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Re: LinkedIn, any good?

Postby mbrST1100 » 06 Sep 2014, 18:29

Well, kinda weird...

Currently like 10 contacts in there, but...
one from Austria
one from Norway
the rest...

...all from UK, throughout...

like I'm living in the wrong country... :D
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Re: LinkedIn, any good?

Postby Pieter Huizinga » 07 Sep 2014, 14:12

Add one Dutch guy. :mrgreen:

Funny algorythm they use. I first looked for Brummer, did not spot you there. I then hesitated about the spelling of your name and searched for Brunner and you showed up instantly... :D
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Re: LinkedIn, any good?

Postby mbrST1100 » 07 Sep 2014, 14:27

Yeah, kinda uncomfortable and alarming when your real name is suddenly to be found in search engines...
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Re: LinkedIn, any good?

Postby Derek-Dex-French » 08 Oct 2014, 12:07

Linked-in for professional purposes. I think best not to include any largely social contacts. Save that for Facebook....
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