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That reminds me... In the 1990, I was a Comp.Sci. college lecturer. There had been a sudden drop in the demand for software people, so our students didn't always find a job after graduation. One of them was hired by a publishing house for typing into the computer the complete works of the Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. He got the job because he, as a programmer, knew how to use a keybard.
Then comes the crazy part of the story - unrelated to LinkedIn and recruiting, but it deserves to be told:
I was suprised that the job was offered at all. This company had published a new Ibsen Complete only a few years back, which certainly must have been typeset by computer, right? Yes, right. That printing was sold out, and they were going to make a new one. Then they have the typesetting files in their computers, don't they? Well ... This publishing house went directly from lead type to computer typesetting, replacing the technology, but retaining the work procedures with as little change as possible. In the age of lead type, once a printing had been made, the lead was recycled for the next book to be printed. The last (now sold out) Ibsen printing had certainly been made by a computer typesetting system, with the text stored on floppy discs. Once the printing was done, the floppy disks had been recycled, used for their next book. The publishing house guys thought of that as the normal thing to do; in the lead age, you always had to do the typesetting again to make a new printing of an old book.
My former student was happy with getting some income while searching for a permanent job, but shook his head as much as I did.
The best on I have is 'Shot Delivery Agent, Roller Skate expertise need', Admittedly not through linked in but... I happen to have a means of motor control on CV, I think that got some wires crossed somewhere.
Odd... the only pings I've receive (twice a year, almost like clockwork) are from Google (they're expanding in Toronto) and FB (AFAIK, they're not based in Toronto). I also don't have my profile flagged as open to new opportunities.
I also don't have my profile flagged as open to new opportunities
They don't care about that. I always have my profile set to not looking for a new role (or what ever they call it) as I prefer to call a recruiter if I want a new job. But they still have been sending me, we have a role that suits your profile.
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Interesting. The pings I receive from Google are from a real human (the same person I've been contacted by for a few years). FB seems to have a higher turnover of recruiters, because the person changes every 18 months or so. In both cases, the contacts have been unsolicited, although the Google ping is a result of a referral by a friend. But I don't know anyone at FB.
I've still got the reference books around here somewhere, if you like to study up a bit.
It's multiple large volumes, and there's another book that details lower level functions that all start with "z" which I never figured out what to do with. I have no idea where I put this treasure, but I don't recall tossing any of it where it belongs...
I have one for you, not necessarily LinkedIn but sh*tty recruiter related, none the less.
This recruiter that was unable to place me about 5 years ago, sends me emails every so often, asking me if I know of any developers looking for work, but never actually asks me if I would be interested in the position; only if I know someone else that would be.
It's much easier to enjoy the favor of both friend and foe, and not give a damn who's who. -- Lon Milo DuQuette
I definitely found that to be true during my last job search. After hundreds of useless e-mails through LI, I ended up finding one through Craig's List. It was an advert posted by a recruiter but she was quite competent. Apparently the company has used her extensively and I can see why.
FWIW, she is based in the Portland, OR area and works nation-wide. If anyone wants her name and info then contact me and I will pass it along.
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