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Old 08-06-2012, 08:17 AM
 
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The free part certainly is worth it, though I have doubts the pay part is worthwhile.

Good luck.
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Old 08-06-2012, 08:40 AM
 
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I had one recruiter contact me on linkedin.
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Old 08-06-2012, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Simmering in DFW
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The downside I have to Linkedin is that some of my job hunting connections send me emails asking me to hook them up with connections they see I have on linked in. I also get emails from connections promoting people they know who are on a job search. When the folks who contact me ask for these favors,I am conflicted. Sometimes I don't know the peolpe they want to get intro'd to very well, sometimes the folks who want help are people I personally like but really don't hold in the highest esteem as far a work competence, and I really don't enjoy getting resumes from friend of friends. But since it is a free networking site, I guess if I doing want to network I should just close my account and not complain!
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Old 08-06-2012, 01:52 PM
 
Location: North Fulton
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LinkedIN is just one online tool of many, just like the job boards (Monster, etc). I think it largely depends on your field and experience. In many areas of IT (computers), I think Linkedin may work well.

For areas like retail or manufacturing, I generally do not think Linkedin is all that helpful. I just named some sectors to give you an idea, but to point out a few things to someone new to Linkedin or looking for a job online.

I have had job interviews from Linkedin, and find it very useful for my niche area, while for others, Linkedin really did not do much. I have used it to research people in my field and get ideas for my resume. Also, I use it to see where former colleagues have gone to work over the years. I can easily keep in touch with people I enjoyed working with in the past. I accept invitations only from people I know (and most recruiters).

Take a class on how to use it if you are new to Linkedin, but just use it with caution like you would anything else online regarding social media.
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Old 08-07-2012, 04:25 AM
 
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Ive had excellent results with Linkedin. I agree, most of the jobs seem to be managment or white collar. Problem is when your current boss asks to connect. He then can see your connections and the company you are following.

LinkedIn is also a first step in the screening process. Ive had a number of recruiters hit my page prior to the phone call. Search hits go up quite a bit after I send out my resume.
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Old 08-08-2012, 07:56 PM
 
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I have had a job since I joined but I use it to keep in contact with current and former workers so I don't have to be friends with them on FB.
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