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03/16/12
Findings about LinkedIn. Trends and Suggestions
Filed under: Position Searching, Networking, Mentoring, Mature professionals, Observ. Trends
Posted by: site admin @ 10:11 am

My mind was tickled by a piece in the
Economist about the significant shift in
LinkedIn.com individual job titles.  The
article revealed that the website can
track which industries and job titles are
gaining and losing.

Interestingly, “adjunct professor” is the leading
title.  Far more worthy tracking seems to be
evolving as the site has a long term view of
the people it serves and services it can provide.

Recently, I have met people who have joined
or been “coerced” into joining LinkedIn.com
and don’t have a use for belonging.  Here is a
site offering suggestions.

Hannah Morgan has some terrific suggestions
for what to provide in your profile.  We have
mentioned some before, but several seem
new, like
  - you can turn off your broadcasts if you are
working and still looking
  - avoid using the default public url;  look
at the customize your public url
While not an advocate of all of the ideas, most
are right on target.

2 Responses to “Findings about LinkedIn. Trends and Suggestions”

  1. site admin Says:


    Hannah listed some suggestions how social
    networking can benefit a job search in another post.
    and also points to twitter replacing job boards
    in some fields.
  2. site admin Says:


    Reid Hoffman wrote a book with a key concept
    being “I to the We“.

    This includes an emphasis on being connected to
    “hubs” as a few authors have called highly
    networked individuals. LinkedIn emphasizes the
    number of connections aspect.

    Please also have in mind that numbers are an
    artificial measure. The true measure for us is the
    commitment of your network to you and its
    reciprocal. The network needs to be ready when
    you have the need.

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