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Worked for me ... set a profile up when I was ***** off at work, kept it (sort of) up to date then out of the blue got a message from my network... and did end up with a contract as a result. Have had all of the silly adverts, all of the annoying agencies randomly trying to connect, but have also managed to put others in touch with contacts that have led to them getting jobs. (Insert happy face here)
But it was never intended to be a "social" network - I tend to "slap" back on the "likes" and random "endorsements" ... I've been endorsed by my garden designer for SDLC ffs!!
As some of the other posts intimate ... it's a tool to be used if you want to use it. It can be effective. It can also be an irritating annoyance. You can also make a right old mess of it. Most of the (UK) advisory companies mentoring groups through redundancy situations rate it quite highly though (that T-shirt has been worn)
You can use it to read about points that interest you:
- following companies and people that are close to your job or needs.
You can use it to find jobs:
- there are tools to make this.
In my case, I have some contacts and I've participated in some forums that are interesting to me, but I've got nothing positive from it, only time waste by now... I guess that if some day I run out of job, I could try to use it to find a new place sooner. But who knows...
If you go to a local bar and start looking at the wrong women, you could have one tonight fairly easily!
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