I feel ambivalent toward LinkedIn, the networking tool that seems to be a more polished Facebook for the hip and professional set. It allows you to post your résumé , bio and recommendations from your colleagues. Make no mistake, though, it’s still a tremendous time suck. Only without Scrabble.
I had pretty much given up on it, only randomly returning whenever I’d get a request to add a former co-worker or write a reference, but then a former editor of mine told me she had gotten a freelance writing gig through it. Later, I discovered through reading a friend’s LinkedIn that his friend, someone I had met in Orléans, France, works for French Vogue. (How did I not know that?) And now we’re connected on LinkedIn. There’s a certain thrill to that, you know?
This means I haven’t given up on my LinkedIn. It doesn’t mean, however, that I have gotten any freelance work from it (yet). So, I think you have to be realistic about it–and not let it be the only thing you do to get ahead–or else you’ll end up like this:
(h/t my former co-worker Chris who found it):
What do you all think: Is LinkedIn useful or useless?