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May 23, 2012 at 4:09 am #38184aoeuiParticipant
I am all for networking
I like local community as we have same interests :)
I would not be asking random people to get in touch all over the internet
join me on LinkedIn
I am interested in new contacts and professionals in web designMay 23, 2012 at 12:23 pm #103337May 23, 2012 at 2:52 pm #103348
Can’t believe there are people still using LinkedInMay 23, 2012 at 3:16 pm #103350
Really? Where are you from?May 23, 2012 at 3:55 pm #103353
I am originally from New York. I would agree that it varies. Those who I know that use it here in the US, feel it serves no purpose. I hear that it’s quite the opposite in Europe, though.May 23, 2012 at 4:11 pm #103357JohnnybMember
I would agree that it’s more useful in certain circles than in others. However, if you’re looking for a job or for freelance clients/connections then it’s a very useful resource. I get several freelance/contract inquiries every month via linkedIn, and there are a LOT of recruiters on there looking for designers/developers and advertising open positions for web-related jobs.
Here’s an example of how it’s helped me recently: 3 months ago I wasn’t actively looking for a new job but was approached by a recruiter on linkedIn who sent me information for a front-end dev job at a large online university. I ended up getting the job – it was a great position and paid 50% more than I was making at my current job. After 3 months I was made an offer by my boss at my old job for a promotion and pay-rise to go back, which I took. That never would have happened if I wasn’t on linkedIn.
I mean where else can you have access to hundreds/thousands of professional connections which you can use to advance your career in various ways? I’d say that if you know how to use it effectively then it can be a very useful tool.May 23, 2012 at 7:26 pm #103370May 23, 2012 at 7:50 pm #103372theacefesMember
I found it to be incredibly helpful during job searches and keeping tabs on people in the industry. :) It’s like Facebook without the cat pictures.May 24, 2012 at 10:05 am #103400
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