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LinkedIn Profiles: Not Just For Resumes Anymore
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PJS880
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10/22/2012 | 5:30:08 PM
re: LinkedIn Profiles: Not Just For Resumes Anymore
I have to say that I enjoy using Linkedin for its intended purpose, which is to network professionally and to seek employment opportunities. I also use my profile for prospective employers to view. There will always be someone that is trying to abuse a system in one form or another. Prospective employers who use Linkedin as a reference checker should have a secondary policy in play for checks. I agree they probably would be more accurate if you could call someone on their non-sense. Use it with caution and donG«÷t base your business decisions solely upon a profile of an individual that the individual created themselves.

Paul Sprague
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Stan Baldwin
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10/19/2012 | 6:36:58 PM
re: LinkedIn Profiles: Not Just For Resumes Anymore
I still wonder how LinkedIn, or any of these electronic representations will ultimately become useful. Obviously some people find benefit where they might otherwise be overlooked. Or contacts are established that would be unlikely to happen in the physical world. But, the bottom line is the gap between "knowing" someone and reading an abstract of their life is huge. How to make a useful judgement? The thumbs up or down tools, first made popular by eBay are an attempt to bridge the gap, but we have all seen them become bastardized in short order. "You endorse me and I'll endorse you." serves no one. But, since we are confident we cannot rely on consistent human ethics to assure truth and accuracy, what mechanism might be invented to maximize such desirable characteristics? In the real world I prefer basing my judgements on the results of "Who you gonna believe, Me or your own eyes?" I believe behavior over rhetoric ... and still get fooled on occasion. The connection between what they say and what they do is much tougher (impossible?) over the ether.
dieselnerd
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10/19/2012 | 5:39:42 PM
re: LinkedIn Profiles: Not Just For Resumes Anymore
"If only we could give thumbs up/down to indicate how truthful these things really are..."

Have you noticed a trend - on LinkedIn and elsewhere - where a thumbs down or otherwise negative indication is no longer an available option? If you can't click something nice, click nothing at all, apparently.
Ulysses Martin
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10/19/2012 | 3:25:19 PM
re: LinkedIn Profiles: Not Just For Resumes Anymore
The former director of customer operations at a company I worked for listed herself as the vice president of customer operations on linkedin. The company is now bankrupt so there is no way for prospective employers to check.
Deb Donston-Miller
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10/19/2012 | 2:17:32 AM
re: LinkedIn Profiles: Not Just For Resumes Anymore
Now, THAT would be interesting! It's amazing to me that people would lie or even exaggerate their experience, knowing that they could get called out by anyone who ever worked with them, but I realize that it's been known to happen. Thanks for reading and for the comment!

Deb Donston-Miller
Contributing Editor, The BrainYard
Tonic_Writes
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10/18/2012 | 11:02:33 PM
re: LinkedIn Profiles: Not Just For Resumes Anymore
LinkedIn profiles are meaningless. I know 3 VPs who were fired or laid off but never updated their profiles so it looks like they are still employed at my company. And they claim things they did not accomplish (like consistently being under budget when in fact they were $1 million over). If only we could give thumbs up/down to indicate how truthful these things really are...


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