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Old 15.04.2009, 13:28
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Does anyone use the professional networking site, LinkedIn?
I joined up many years ago, but its only since I moved to Switzerland (and updated my profile) that I've become plagued by emails and phone calls (thru the switchboard) from head hunters, service providers, event organisers etc.. Its got to the stage that I'm going to close down my LinkedIn account just to stop all this spam.

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Old 15.04.2009, 13:34
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Re: LinkedIn

I use both Linkedin and Xing, i do get approached by some companies but not that often.

I think it also depends what you put on your profile and i guess what your job title is.

If you have head of finance or head of recruiting for example, you will get a lot of people approaching you.
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Old 15.04.2009, 14:02
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Re: LinkedIn

I use both LinkedIn and Xing, Xing is better for the German speaking world. I find both OK but i'm cautious about the amount of personal info I put in my persona there.
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Re: LinkedIn

I've got a generic manager title, however I think its the fact that I'm a Brit expat in a Swiss company that is making me the target as most of the calls are originating from UK/US companies.
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I've got a generic manager title, however I think its the fact that I'm a Brit expat in a Swiss company that is making me the target as most of the calls are originating from UK/US companies.

Castro, are you getting pestered for financial services / offshore stuff?
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Old 15.04.2009, 14:31
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Re: LinkedIn

i use linkedin and don't have any problem - and i'm an expat in a Swiss company - and have manager in my title.

i don't have phone numbers in my profile though - only my work email
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Old 15.04.2009, 14:32
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Re: LinkedIn

I also use LinkedIn (mainly for the US/Can/UK audience) and Xing/OpenBC (more for the German-speaking crowd), and I have never really gotten any spam mails or calls resulting from it. I am probably just not interesting enough.
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Old 15.04.2009, 14:33
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Not really, its mainly pharmaceutical services and recruitment.
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Old 15.04.2009, 14:43
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Re: LinkedIn

I am a registered user of LinkedIn since long time and also register to Xing(but found LinkedIn is better in terms of networking).
But never got any calls from headhunters through these sites, maybe you are profile is too attractive for job agencies or I have not update my profile properly
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Old 15.04.2009, 14:50
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Re: LinkedIn

I find Linkedin is great for keeping in touch with ex-collegues and getting those positions that they havent yet paid an agent to fill. On a con side - agents are always asking to connect to give them access to my network.
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Old 15.04.2009, 15:07
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Does anyone use the professional networking site, LinkedIn?
I joined up many years ago, but its only since I moved to Switzerland (and updated my profile) that I've become plagued by emails and phone calls (thru the switchboard) from head hunters, service providers, event organisers etc.. Its got to the stage that I'm going to close down my LinkedIn account just to stop all this spam.

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having a Humble profile or no competence, I haven't had this problem!
By the way if you lose the job you'd be happy with those contacts!
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Old 15.04.2009, 15:16
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Re: LinkedIn

More importantly what we've not yet asked...

Were any of the offers particularly attractive???

Want to be assured this linkedin thing isn't a waste of time
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Old 15.04.2009, 15:30
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Re: LinkedIn

its definitely not a waste of time and a very good source for networking. However be aware of people that say you are a colleague when they are clearly STRANGERS...
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Old 15.04.2009, 15:53
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Re: LinkedIn

I used to have both LinkedIn and Xing accounts, but gave on the latter since it doesn't appear to be all that relevant to my line of work.

Even though I also do pharma-type work, I am not bombarded with spam via LinkedIn - maybe I just need to be here for a while longer.
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Old 15.04.2009, 15:57
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Re: LinkedIn

I have had only two companies try to contact me. One did not check where I lived and the other did not read my profile as what they were offering was completely off target.
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Old 15.04.2009, 16:17
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Re: LinkedIn

I only joined recently, but I think my public profile is pretty much void of information. I'm using it mostly so that people I've worked with in the past can get in touch if they need my writing skills. Actually, I probably should mention that in my profile...
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Re: LinkedIn

i used linked in to keep in touch with old colleagues. don't get much phone/email spam, but then my contact details aren't listed.
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Old 15.04.2009, 16:26
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don't get much phone/email spam, but then my contact details aren't listed.
I haven't listed my contact details either, they are calling through to the central switchboard and just giving my name. I've adjusted my profile to show that I am not looking for career opportunities, just keeping in contact with ex-colleagues but that hasn't stopped them.

In terms of numbers, we're talking about 2-3 unsolicited calls a week to my office phone, and I'm in an open plan office
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Old 15.04.2009, 17:46
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Re: LinkedIn

i am at xing. linkedIn is not relevant for me as either jobs nor contacts/colleagues i know/am interested in pop up there. spam i dont get at all. if jobs dont match your skills is also highly depending on if your CV and profile is clear and professional done. of course it can be that headhunter do contact you with a wrong job, but thats not very much the case for me since i tuned everything the way it should be...
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Linkedin as a job search tool?

Hi all... Has anyone had luck using Linkedin to get a job? I have recently hooked up with a number of past and present colleagues, but I'm not sure what to do with it now, short of saying, "I'm looking for a job" which most of them know anyway!
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