Getting LinkedIn

posted by Jeff | Thursday, July 10, 2008, 1:05 AM | comments: 6

I've never really had much use for LinkedIn, but with the recent layoffs, others have been adding me and I've been adding them, and then it started suggesting other people I've worked with at previous jobs, so I've added them.

Today I got e-mail from a guy I worked with/for back at Penton seven years ago, and he wants to have lunch. He works elsewhere now, but he's still in a media gig. I'm intrigued, and I guess I'd like to think a little more about my own media roots. (As long as it isn't radio. ;))

I'm still not entirely sure I understand the value of LinkedIn. Anyone else using it?

Comments

Neuski, July 10, 2008, 5:44 AM #

I don't find value in it either.

8dot3, July 10, 2008, 8:23 PM #

Sounds to me you have found value in it already.

Joe, July 10, 2008, 4:47 PM #

It's really like MySpace or FaceBook for business networking.

I'm on it, but I'm not looking for a change of employment at the moment... but sending a LinkedIn request anyway.

Joe, July 10, 2008, 6:19 PM #

Ah, I've been blocked on LinkedIn. FAIL.

CPLady, July 10, 2008, 6:23 PM #

Gordon is using it. A couple of his friends who were laid off used it and were able to find jobs through those they were "linked" with.

I guess if you are in a position where you want/need a job, especially where competition is high, having an "in" with a company that is hiring is a good thing.

Frank, July 10, 2008, 5:11 PM #

I have an account on LinkedIn but have yet to find value in using it. Basically I joined to shut up my co-workers.

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