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Anyone use it for anything tangible?
I joined because, hey, I have to be up on these things. But mostly it seems to have no discernable point
Each to their own of course mind!
Enforced networking where you to conferences and socials with the express aim of doing it must be pretty soul destroying though.
Work had a table there. Piss up + after dinner speakers, basically. Decent enough freebie. I had to talk to other work type people from contractors my company uses. Is that /networking/? Didn't feel much like it. I mostly chatted to the big guy who looked like he couldn't be fucked with talking shop either. About caravans and dogs. And then I ate his creme brulee.
You’d be surprised (and maybe a little appalled) at how many projects come into offices and how many professional connections are made in the private sector through networking.
I hate networking. I’m almost always the youngest person in the room and would much rather be at a gig or something. One consultant invited me, and about 100 others, on a Thames boat trip the other year. I spent most of my time on deck, taking photos with my camera.
Although the reason is because I’m gonna be getting shoved out of my current job soon and I was talking to a mate and he said that he’s had a couple of interviews after being found on linkedin… Anything that increases my chance of getting a job, no matter how slight, is essential for me right now.
But otherwise, no.
I've had a few headhuters get in touch with me through it (not anything interesting though). I can recommend you some people at Michael Page, if that would be helpful.
recognisable enough level to get head-hunted. I’m not even at plankton levels of responsibility. I’ve got a mate who works at a recruitment firm who’s helping me out though. I met her down the pub.
Therefore I have deduced, if you want to get ahead in your career… go to the pub.
I find it really useful. An old client that I'd forgotten all about (who won't have known I've moved firm/city/area of law) popped up in a 'people you might now' page, and I sent him a request on friday. He accepted me this morning, and I'm seeing him next week when he's in London to discuss what I'm doing now- might have a new piece of work coming out of it. Might even ask him for a job actually.
So- quick answer- for business networking, it's ok.
This is one of those 'if you have to ask then you don't need to know' type situations, isn't it?
I'll give you an example- tomorrow night I'm off to a thing where I'll brush shoulders with a bunch of entrepreneurs (including funky dunky Ballantyne- wooo. Vom). I'm hopinh that I'll be able to bump into some people I've not seen for some time and be able to arrange to catch up for coffee or a drink with them at a later date, but I would NEVEr pick up the phone and cold call any of these people. The event is an opportunity to passively 'bump into' people and see whether you can help each other out in business. I usually find myself shelling out chunks of free advice off the back of these things, but then the odd one or two contact I make will turn into a proper client, and that's how it works, A bit like relaly wanky business karma- if you giev enough, you'll eventually see the fruits of your l;abour, or something.
I find linked-in is like a half-way house between attending an event and cold-calling. You can add people to your network that you only tentatively know without them thinking you rude or aggressive, and some of the groups are good (there's a good TED group, for those interested in that stuff).
As a man who's full of good ideas I'm surprised I've never heard of the organisation... especially seeing as it seems pretty big.
But thanks - I'll have to look at some of the archive videos...
So it feels a bit out of my league. I might sign up though, I've just started twittering again so this can all be part of my new online presence or something.
Is it just for needy 2.0 types, or genuinely useful for, y'know, 'normal' people.
...A NIGHTMARE TO OTHERS!
Or do I mean awful?
To be fair, Excalibur is the most amazing mix of brilliant and b-movie shite.
but you've sold it to me fairly well with that short description.
How many other films have minor parts played by Patrick Stewart, Liam Neeson and Gabriel Byrne, along with Helen Mirren being evil? O Fortuna has never been so cool.
petepaphides Pete Paphides
LinkedIn is to my inbox what bindweed is to my garden.
literally never seen it in any other context
people who blog about blogging and live in bloggy California.
The emails to him are brilliant, it's kind of horrible having to tell them he's a dog and it was just for LOLZ
The dog has the last laugh.
ive had editors get directly in touch off the back of a recommendation through Linked In.
Otherwise largely meh.
In a good way. It's a good look. I like it.
maybe I should start, is it good for actually meeting new people? Need to push my soundcloud a bit too, maybe make a separate one, one for electronic shit, one for producing bands, I don't know.
"He likes books, why don't you make friends with him."
I've got more work via Facebook than Linkedin.
Mainly a place to hawk your CV and exchange references on each other.
It feels pretty American.
Few actual jobs knocking around.
Groups seem a little lacklustre/rambly off topic.
Interesting to see which of your friends are the go getters that have signed up.
I'm apparently incomplete until I've snared 50 contacts. That could take a while seeing as I've less than 100 friends on facebook.
Gonna add my boss in a minute. Feels weird.
Is this what growing up is like? I'm scared.
you're quick, eh?
im on it
mine isn't working
Which is weird. Especially as I'm not even on it.
I have two contacts.
One is a guy from my old work who I never met.
Second is PO.
I know this because I keep getting emails telling me that my dad has added me.
It has it's uses, I've certainly seen some jobs that I wouldn't have seen otherwise due to it.
and accidentally sent my entire address book of an email account I've had for 10 years an invitation. and now the addresses are locked in to LinkedIn, it will continue to send them requests forever. I've already had irate phonecalls.
I'm semi-retired from DiS, but I thought people should know this if they know me. Sorry everyone.
Just managed how to figure out how to withdraw the invitation mailouts after googling...
..and i have to open and click withdraw on every. single. one. >:-(
Dunno why I have it. There's company policies about how it should be used and everything, more hassle than it's worth.