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LinkedIn to Employment

Friday, February 24, 2012

Lindsey Pollack, career adviser, "global spokesperson" for LinkedIn, and the author of Getting from College to Career Rev Ed: Your Essential Guide to Succeeding in the Real World, talks about using social media tools, like LinkedIn, to find a job. Have you used LinkedIn in your job search?

Guests:

Lindsey Pollak

Comments [9]

Krisztina from Baldwin, NY

Thanks for taking my call. I guess the point I was trying to make and I don't think I managed to get it through was that Linked In really didn't work for me for landing a job. When I did a poll among friends who got a job through Linked In, I've found that people who have actually got a job through LInkedIN were the ones in the Technology industries. While I do use linked In for Professional Networking (and not mixing with Facebook) I could not yet see its benefits, at least, not in my profession, which was higher education.

Feb. 24 2012 02:15 PM
William from Manhattan

The freelance photographer who called in made a good point, about the risk of a competitor trolling one's LinkedIn connections for clients. My solution is not to accept requests from direct competitors, especially those with a reputation for bad behavior. Another is to use LinkedIn's privacy settings to block access to your list of connections, even to your connections. But that seems a bit counterproductive to me, so I just ignore requests from people I think might try to filch clients. They aren't so hard to recognize - if one behaves badly, it usually gets around in the offline world.

Feb. 24 2012 11:07 AM
brian

Career advisor? Wow! you can really make a career out of stating the obvious?

"When you wash your hands, use soap and water."

"Try eating with a knife and a fork."

Feb. 24 2012 10:57 AM
Inquisigal from Brooklyn

I find Linked In to be much more useful for professional and work purposes than Facebook. It enables you to really keep it strictly "business." No visual distractions and personal tidbits, so it keeps you on track for treating it as a business tool. It also enables you to search for people by company, and to get introduced to people, which again is a great tool when trying to find work.

Also, when you sign up for Linked In job updates, you get sent job listings weekly that are actually very, very dead on. Though I have a job, I have interviewed for 2 jobs I found out about on Linked In - one is still in the works. I was also contacted by a recruiter who had a good job in my industry.

Feb. 24 2012 10:53 AM
Walter from Dover, NJ

I have an account have 2 observations.
Old colleagues have reached out to for assistance once laid off.
Recruiters do use it regularly to contact me about positions.

I think it may be useful if I was looking for a career change

Feb. 24 2012 10:52 AM
Caitlin

I got my last job through facebook- my friend's husband's middle school classmate's(!) company had an opening, and a few days later I had the job!

Feb. 24 2012 10:50 AM
Janet from Westchester

I also have a problem with getting rid of emails from LinkedIn - I bounce them back
but more keep coming. How does one make them stop? This is indeed harassment!

Feb. 24 2012 10:49 AM
Beatrice from Manhattan

I found my current job on LinkedIn about four years ago. I found the site helpful when I was unemployed, although I don't really use it much now. I'm not much of a social networker, though.

Feb. 24 2012 10:47 AM
eCAHNomics

Is there any way to get OFF linkedin's email list? I keep sending them to my spam file but they keep coming anyway. I don't want to click on any of them for fear of inciting worse harassment.

Feb. 24 2012 10:40 AM

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