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Should you Link Out of Linked In?

A conversation was started with one of my Facebook friends today questioning the validity of Linkedin. “to me it’s pointless,” he wrote, and was asking for help on how to shut down his account and “link out.” Because my friend has a heap of influential and quite funny Facebook followers, the responses were coming in like a frenzy, all dissing on Linkedin. Has the shine finally come off the polish?

Some of the quotes were indicative of the negative feelings of Linkedin:

Where else can people endorse you for skills you don’t have?” became an early on favorite.

Another writes, “When you find the secret, please let me know. It’s the most pointless of the social media.

I’ve been restricted for years, they want me to upgrade for a special kind of abuse?

Meanwhile, my friend got directions on how to close his Linkedin Account., and then received a message that the fine folks at LI are reviewing his request. All while friends kept commenting on the uselessness of Linkedin and just how annoying it has become.

“Like the buttons you can inadvertently use to delete stuff you really need.”

Then came agreement from the original poster “oh yes, I’ve done that too. I am certified as a computer klutz!,” who added, “Now I’ve been notified that I have too many contacts to close down automatically. Someone from “Support” will be in touch soon. They should just have a “delete” option.”

People were agreeing with the OP, and adding they hated CAPTCHA, and that the rules were too stringent, and the company will hound you if you ever try to quit. It’s bad enough we get tons of junk mail from them, and it’s not easy to navigate where to turn off those broadcasts. Plus, and this is my biggest beef, there is no preview page. Everything you change on Linkedin goes live. That really sucks for the spelling and grammar challenged.

As I write this, more comments are coming in…..

I am amazed at the number of people I have lost touch with over the years who are “suggested” by the Linked system. I mean a step daughter from a woman in the 80’s??? Come on!

I just contacted linkedIn & asked them to delete my account because it is just so stupid to belong to a group of people who only want me to either endorse them or write them a recommendation… I think they dumped me

Once u get in-u can never get out. Impossible to get out

“Its the Hotel California of the Internet. … you can check out any time you want, but you can never leave.”

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Linkedin Needs a Preview Page

In my business, it’s paramount that my clients look as good as possible throughout their career. And Linkedin is now included as a “must have” just like a resume. I’ve seen some really good Linkedin Profiles, and some really bad ones. A poorly written profile can cost a job seeker an opportunity, without even knowing it. These are the profiles that are stark, contain bad grammar, or misspelled words.

That’s why clients contact resume writers like me to help out with Linkedin profiles. There’s a lot of behind the scenes work involved from turning on or off privacy and broadcast features, to creating a custom url that can be inserted into the resume. However, the folks at Linkedin don’t make it easy to help their members put their best foot forward. Their rules dictate that no one but the owner of the account can have access. That means no sharing of usernames and passwords or you can jeopardize your account privileges. I get the reasoning behind it, and I’m totally on board with it. But it doesn’t make it any easier for newbies trying to get an account up and running for the first time when they’re on the hunt for new gig.

So may I suggest to the folks at Linkedin a preview page? One that allows the member to send a link to a professional writer for editing privileges, but the profile does not go LIVE until the member approves it and clicks on a button to make it happen. That way the writer won’t have access to the actual account, or private messages, but the client can still have a great looking Linkedin profile without having to cut and paste from a word document.

Come on Linkedin. You know you can do this.

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Don’t Lie About Your Job History on Linkedin

This morning I received my usual email notice from Linkedin telling me what my connections are up to in their career.  I like to know how my friends, clients, and former co-workers are doing and drop them a line when I hear about a promotion or new job.

The note this morning urged me to congratulate “John Doe” on his work anniversary of three years at a well-known company. John was a former supervisor of mine many years ago when I worked in radio, so I went to his profile and started looking through his work history. I found it odd that the station we  both worked at during that time was not even listed. Worse, he listed a different radio station and location altogether! This made me wonder why he would even take that chance. Was it an honest mistake, or did he purposely revise history thinking no one would be the wiser?

Here’s the problem. John had about 50 co-workers during his time at that job so there’s at least 50 people in our industry who could place him there during that time frame and not at the station he listed. Further, he contributed quotes to music publications that linked him to our station. And he was known by competitors in our market, so that adds even more who can refute his Linkedin job history.

Another concern is for those of us who worked with him. Granted, it was 20+ years ago, but if I ever wanted to use him as a reference, Linkedin shows him not working there at all, which brings up the question, “who’s telling the truth?”

You don’t need to list every job on Linkedin, especially those from 20 years ago. But to give the impression you worked elsewhere when you didn’t can easily be challenged. And should his current employer get wind of this, he could seriously jeopardize his job.

Thanks to the Internet, it’s no longer easy to fudge dates or your past. Don’t do it.

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It’s Facebook for Suits

I’m sure by now you may have all the buzz about LinkedIn. One of my clients turned me on to this nifty networking tool, and I’ll admit, I was skeptical. In fact I believe I’ve already blogged about LinkedIn.

Since then I’ve recommended the site to several of my clients and colleagues and watched my own network grow. I’ve heard from clients that LinkedIn helped them to passively seek employment without giving off red flags to their current employer. Further, several have gotten new jobs because of their connections through LinkedIn.

The Economist recently published an article about LinkedIn and how it works. I haven’t utilized all the bells and whistles yet, but plan to get more active in the specific forums for resume writers and broadcast journalists.

To your success!