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Should I Be on LinkedIn?


I get asked this question all the time.

Let me ask you this in return … if you knew of a regular social gathering attended by all the decision-makers who could impact your job search, would you go?

What if I told you that most of them would even be open to connecting with you in some way if you just approached them?

And further, what if I said that lots of them posted their senior-level vacancies on a bulletin board available to all members?

Finally, I’m going to tell you that the place is swarming with recruiters all looking to hire for well-paid positions.

If you’re looking for a job but refused to go to that place, I’d say you needed your marbles checked!

LinkedIn is That Place!

But that’s exactly what LinkedIn is.

According Anderson Analytics, LinkedIn users are senior-level, happily employed and well-connected:

According to the survey, 30% (9 million) of LinkedIn users are savvy networkers who earn nearly $93,500 per year and have a work purchase-power of $88,000. This group earns a “great” in social networking influence; 69% read blogs, and 9% maintain their own blogs. They are most likely to use Gmail and visit technews sites like Slashdot.

The next largest group, clocking in at 28% (8.4 million), are senior executives earning a mean of just over $104,000 per year with a purchasing power at work of $99,000. Most of this group is happily employed and uses LinkedIn for business contact networking.

As anyone who has networked on the site can tell you, most users are very open to introductions and new connections.

And just as in my imaginary get-together, LinkedIn also posts senior-level vacancies and it’s a favorite hunting ground for recruiters, who like to uncover happily employed candidates for their searches.

So the only question is, why are you not there?

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About the Author

Louise Fletcher

Louise co-founded Blue Sky in 2002 after a career as an HR executive. Her industry experience includes music, video games, fashion and advertising. She lived and worked in the US for many years, but moved back to her native UK in 2012, where she now lives in the Yorkshire countryside. In addition to her full-time role with Blue Sky, she's a professional artist, so you can imagine why she couldn't answer the 'what do you do with your free time' question! Contact Louise by email.

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3 comments on “Should I Be on LinkedIn?”

  1. JB King says:

    I wonder if the question should be more of, “How do I use LinkedIn?” rather than just being on it, as there is more than merely creating an account I think. There is the question of what details do you share and how far down the rabbit hole do you go with work history and other areas where one could be wanting to go after a variety of different jobs. Just something that I started pondering after reading this and looking at my information on LinkedIn.

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