Category Archives: LinkedIn

Why LinkedIn needs a civility button

There is much discussion around civility in the workplace and social media. On the one hand you have a demographic quoting from Orwell’s 1984  railing against “thought police” and insisting on the right to free speech. On the other a group that wants to agree a code of conduct that sets out guidelines for some…

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Toxic Talk, LinkedIn and the Anger Iceberg

Toxic talk is prevalent but has now reached LinkedIn For some years Academics have becoming increasingly concerned about the potential fallout from “uncivil discourse.”  So called “toxic talk” can end up polarizing opinion “when individuals rather than issues are attacked” (Stryker, Conway, & Danielson, 2014). The concerns over incivility extend to the online information environment, where “nasty comments can…

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Why I’ve LinkedOff

Will being LinkedOff make a difference? I have just cancelled my premium membership to LinkedIn. You could say I’ve LinkedOff with LinkedIn. Reduced professionalism Social media is awash with blogs and posts about the decline of the traditional channels. To cut to the chase, one over arching comment is this. With all the automation, the social has gone out…

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Unlisted LinkedIn Groups risk creating online cliques

LinkedIn Groups changes disadvantage job seekers LinkedIn Groups was one of the first ways LinkedIn attempted to connect its membership, offering like-minded professionals an opportunity to have open and transparent conversations.  It was a great place for job seekers, especially career changers, to get a feel for the career paths and backgrounds of people already in their target company, or…

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Enough! Fake LinkedIn profiles damage the network

And are a total pain! I would consider myself to be a strategic online networker. I do connect with people I don’t know if their credentials look sound. Although many LinkedIn members have devised detailed ways to quiz people on their reason for connecting, I don’t have time to decide if the owner has a fake LinkedIn profile. I have preferred…

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LinkedIn is not Facebook. Brand blurring on social media

LinkedIn is not Facebook… right?  But when I look at the two platforms what I see is a blur of blue, off white and similar functionality. As a head hunter LinkedIn has become part of my daily routine. I use it in every operational and many strategic elements of my businesses. I value the content of trusted contacts and “influencers” and use…

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Why your recruitment process will need CPR in 2015

At the start of a new year I am always asked what job search and recruitment methodologies will change or dominate in the year ahead.  This is what I expect to happen in 2015 to any recruitment process. Hiring Managers, recruiters and job seekers will all need C.P.R. By that I mean all elements of any recruitment process will need…

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LinkedIn: leave those kids alone!

In an attempt to attract younger users to a new university section of the website, LinkedIn has reduced its minimum age limit for members from 18 years to as low as 13 years of age in some geographies. Coming into effect from September 12th, the age limits will vary according to statutory requirements  in different countries:  14 years old: United…

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7 downsides of DIY recruitment via LinkedIn

DIY recruitment is short sighted and lazy Two people apparently join LinkedIn every second  of every day. This platform and others like it have changed forever the way organisations identify and recruit talent. Some aspects are improvements. Others are not. These platforms should potentially reduce the need for external recruiters and change the way they are managed by corporations.  Historically the…

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Debunking 4 online professional profiles myths

Much is written about professional profiles by many “experts” that frightens the life out of the average job seeker, or even passive candidate who simply want to have a strong online presence. The list of dos and don’ts is never-ending, with the net result that many are totally confused. I’m actually confused. There are many so-called pearls of wisdom written about…

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