Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
kurt

Linked In

Recommended Posts

Is there any benefit to Linked In besides getting a bazillion requests from folks that want to be linked in?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

No harm in trying. It takes 1-2 clicks to accept a request to connect, and that's it. You will probably find that people slowly but steadily connect to you with little or no effort on your part, and once you get a large enough network, it might yield some work. The value of non-local connections is questionable to me, and you may get requests from all over the planet, but it's not like Facebook, it takes zero maintenance.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It marginally increases your presence on the web, but I've never gotten any work I could trace directly back to it. It just seems like something every professional should be on.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I stayed away because I'd basically be announcing that I don't have a college education.

Oops.[:-graduat

We're graduates of the school of hard knocks, along with Henry Ford, Bill Gates, Steven Spielberg, John D. Rockefeller, etc., etc., etc., I think the last statistic I heard regarding millionares is that 78% of them don't have a college education.

"Education: That which reveals to the wise and conceals from the stupid, the vast limits of their knowledge.... Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned." ~Mark Twain. [:-graduat

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have gotten some referral business off of it. I try to not link just to other home inspectors. I link with bank loan officers, a few real estate agents, some attorneys, a few insurance agents and some corporate relocation folks. It has payed off for me, but then it cost nothing to participate unless you go for their larger more advanced listing.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

. . . It just seems like something every professional should be on.

Why?

Because networking is so important in our field, and especially if you want to change fields, which most of us have done and may do again. You just never know when you're going to need a big network. I can't say I've used LinkedIn, but I am glad I'm on it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've had probably a dozen jobs that I can trace directly to my presence on LinkedIn. It's free and it's made me money. I'm not seeing a down side.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have the impression that the most direct use of LinkedIn is for folks looking for corporate employment. The site monetizes itself by charging for second-level connections. It's a headhunter model. It is a way to post one's resume along with some recommendations. I don't see any value to it for my business, though I have played along.

Douglas Hansen

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Say on the news this AM where Linked In is about to delivery an IPO in the $40 range ... which is high for Silicone Valley offerings ... but ... what the heck?

FWIW - I've had a recent flurry of linking requests over the past week or so. Don't even know many of them.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

FWIW - I've had a recent flurry of linking requests over the past week or so. Don't even know many of them.

That's what led to the OP. I've been swamped.

I wonder if it's been artificially cranked up as a reflection of the IPO?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this  

×
×
  • Create New...