Re: LinkedIn - Facebook for Professionals? or is it really "Myspace"

Subject: Re: LinkedIn - Facebook for Professionals? or is it really "Myspace"
From: Julie Stickler <jstickler -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L Writing <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 9 Apr 2016 22:02:55 -0400

I used LinkedIn extensively for my last job search. And the recruiter who
connected me with my new job found me via LinkedIn.

When I was hiring at my last job, I checked the LinkedIn profiles of every
candidate that I was interested in hiring. Technical Writing is a small
world, and a couple of times it turned out that we had mutual
friends/former co-workers. I put one person in the "do not call" pile when
I saw that they had three different half-completed profiles. I figured if
they weren't technical enough to manage their online reputation and
profiles, they probably weren't detail oriented enough for what I was
looking for.

Not sure why you and your daughter were getting weird results. The "people
you may know" always seems to reflect the industry of the last person I
added as a contact. I haven't had LinkedIn send me job search results (I
went in and did my own homework), so I have no idea how good their
algorithms might be, or what might affect your results.

On Sat, Apr 9, 2016 at 12:09 PM, Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
wrote:

> If you're looking for work in Silicon Valley and you're not on
> LinkedIn, that would be almost as weird as not having an email
> address.
>
> It's pretty much Facebook for work. The more connections you make with
> people you work with or have worked with, the more likely it is to
> suggest connecting with people you actually work with or have worked
> with.
>
> On Sat, Apr 9, 2016 at 8:35 AM, William Sherman
> <bsherman77 -at- embarqmail -dot- com> wrote:
> > A few days ago, my daughter forwarded me one of those LinkedIn ads for
> jobs
> > that might apply to her. She is in the film industry as a PA and 2nd AD.
> > Most of the jobs were for a technical writer. ???
> >
> > So for grins, I decided to click the link to her profile to see what was
> > there that might trigger it.
> >
> > "You and this LinkedIn user donât know anyone in common
> >
> > You can only view the profiles of users within your network. However, as
> you
> > add connections, you may discover people you know in common."
> >
> >
> > So I don't know my daughter? We have the same last name and they think
> she
> > is a technical writer, yet they send me connections for hundreds of
> people
> > who have all sorts of unrelated backgrounds, job titles, and locations
> > thinking I know them?
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References:
Re: Developments in the review cycle: From: Chris Despopoulos
LinkedIn - Facebook for Professionals? or is it really "Myspace": From: William Sherman
Re: LinkedIn - Facebook for Professionals? or is it really "Myspace": From: Robert Lauriston

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