It makes me laugh a bit when someone adds me on LinkedIn. I always accept all invitation, but it’s an invitation to a party that has long since died for me.
I started out the beginning of last year with a hope and a prayer: that LinkedIn could provide me with the right connections to get a job suitable for me.
I aggressively networked and ended up with over 500 connections in 3 months; 1000 connections in 6. Eventually I was even cut off from adding new connections, as I had connected too much, too soon. I paid monthly for the upgraded “job seeker” account.
I only ended up with three promising job opportunities. The first with Amazon, then with a hip new startup in San Francisco. Captain Hindsight says I should have jumped on those opportunities, but I was too tunnel visioned at that point to find a job at Google that I didn’t even take those great opportunities seriously.
Eventually, I did get contacted by a recruiter from Google, but the recruiter flaked out and ended up not working there a week after our phone interview was to take place (that she blew me off on).
I don’t know that anyone is truly finding a job on there, or maybe my bizarre way of presenting myself and unique background is too off putting for the traditional recruiting methods.
So join up, link up with me on LinkedIn, I have more valuable connections on there than I can even think of. Recruiters to all major technology companies. I will help you connect to anyone of them, but it is bittersweet. I did not find that site to be effective at getting my message across.
Then along came Google+, and I had hope yet again. Finally a chance to connect with the people I want to work with on a real level and show myself for what I know, not who I know. I really expected Google+ to set a new precedent for recruiting.
Alas, it has not been. It seems to be filled with people like me: people with passion and knowledge, but I don’t see any of them getting hired either. I see people like +Eli Fennell working his ass off at asking relevant technology questions and commentary that any of these companies would more than benefit from. I see more quality in his work than most of the big companies put out there. Why isn’t there someone like me, scavenging these new resources and begging for talent like his?
It seems to me that the only way to be recruited is to know someone at the place you want to work, but some of us worked full time jobs and went to commuter colleges and didn’t network with our fellow alumni.
Would you rather have someone who’s been a manager since 19 who went to school slowly, or a frat buddy who took the easy road. It seems to me that the choice is simple, but the reality of it all is disappointing. There is a ton of wasted talent out there in the world who would benefit these big tech companies, but I have yet to see a company be creative enough in their hiring practice to take advantage of these alternate recruiting opportunities.
May the odds be ever in your favor.
- Not Just a Resume: How to Make Your LinkedIn Profile More Marketable (execu-search.com)
- How to Leverage LinkedIn and Get Recruiters’ Attention (execu-search.com)
- LinkedIn: Profile Still Under Construction? (business2community.com)
- Could LinkedIn be the next big digital thing for job searching? (thetechscoop.net)