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Posted Tuesday, April 16, 2013 10:40 AM


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Totally agree david about LinkedIn. However, networking should not be just disregarded because of it either. Don't "throw the baby out with the bath water" sort of speak.

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Posted Tuesday, April 16, 2013 10:52 AM


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I didn't disregard it and I use it. To a point. I changed jobs late last year after 17 years at the same company. I went on all of three interviews before getting an offer. I got the job because my resume wasn't a work of fiction and I was totally prepared for the interview. LinkedIn had nothing to do with it though I saw the hiring manager looked me up as part of due diligence.

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Posted Tuesday, April 16, 2013 11:05 AM


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cdonlan 18448 (4/16/2013)

Well said, sifting through the noise can be tiresome. In my personal experience, personal referrals have landed me almost all of my jobs, so I suppose my 'localized' branding has been effective, but probably wouldn't help me much in a global job search so much.


Got to say this is a big part of your brand. Networking and personal connections. Glad it's worked for you and you might be surprised how wide the reach can be.








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Posted Tuesday, April 16, 2013 11:06 AM


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jfogel (4/16/2013)
I know the endorsements are largely junk and I know people network. Some just waste time on the Internet. True story.


Agree, I ignore them.

The references and personal letters have a little value, but not a lot.







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Posted Tuesday, April 16, 2013 11:07 AM


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jfogel (4/16/2013)
I didn't disregard it and I use it. To a point. I changed jobs late last year after 17 years at the same company. I went on all of three interviews before getting an offer. I got the job because my resume wasn't a work of fiction and I was totally prepared for the interview. LinkedIn had nothing to do with it though I saw the hiring manager looked me up as part of due diligence.


Lots of companies and recruiters are actively looking on LinkedIn for people when they need help. Tends to work better than an ad somewhere.







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Posted Tuesday, April 16, 2013 11:28 AM


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And that is great but I got word out about my search via Monster. I never even looked at a listing on LinkedIn and honestly, never even thought to. I have no problem with people looking for work, making connections, etc however they wish. What I do have a problem with is people insisting that if I don't do it their way I may as well go pack my hobo stick.



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Posted Tuesday, April 16, 2013 11:38 AM


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I used to keep my presence online to a minimum. This kind of hurts the brand trying to be built. I learned that a few years back. I am glad I have changed my perspective on it because it certainly has helped to be more visible online for perspective employers and clients.



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I really don't think anyone here is saying that there is only one way to do things. What works for one person may not work for another. This is true in many areas of life. Take what people suggest, try things, discard what doesn't work for you and keep what does.



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Posted Tuesday, April 16, 2013 1:04 PM
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Is forum presence (of which I have little), really helpful to your brand? Many people use pseudonyms when posting to forums.

I also think many people (again, like myself) are reluctant to post a blog or even a forum reply because it's natural to compare your knowledge to the collective intelligence out there. It's pretty intimidating.
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Posted Tuesday, April 16, 2013 1:20 PM
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We've become drones to the Internet where Facebook and other such sites allow us to record for posterity our every useless thought and moment.

Networking is an important thing we used to do in person, where we learned to read body language as well as verbal inflection. Sterile words on a page are so damning. I’ve seen more emails cause more fights mostly because most people are not Ernest Hemingway. “I got your misinterpretation right here….”

I say it’s a sad commentary that we now are expected to “post” so that lazy HR types can scan our private thoughts for juicy tidbits they can use against us. My wife had a friend who interviewed for an IT position recently where the HR person demanded she give up her Facebook login. REALLY….

I like to use my colleagues for help when I struggle. TechNet and official resources backed by the makers of the products are much more reliable than asking somebodies “opinion” about how I should be doing something. How do I know that other person even knows what they’re talking about?

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