Poll: Have you found any benefits from using LinkedIn?
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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
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Yes, sort of Apr 19

Although I am not inundated with job offers via LinkedIn, it does offer me the following advantages:

- I feel that the people in LinkedIn are more likely to be serious individuals or professionals.
- LinkedIn has a slicker, sharper interface for presenting myself in a more professional manner.

This is why I use LinkedIn as my online CV.
If I get inquiries from potential customers even via Proz - and, in almost cases, they ask for my latest 'resume' (for crying out loud!) - I send them a link to my LinkedIn profile where they can get a better idea of what I can do and how I can help them.


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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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Yes Apr 19

Not long after I got started on LinkedIn I happened to mention an article from a defunct journal that I'd been searching for for decades. One of my contacts had it and sent it to me a few minutes later.

LinkedIn has put me in touch with many people in my professional life that I had lost contact with, and it has brought me work.

What I like is that you can use it when you want to, but you don't have to spend time keeping it active like a professional Facebook page--unless you want to. It's very flexible.

[Edited at 2017-04-19 09:46 GMT]


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Francis Murphy  Identity Verified
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Annoying sham Apr 19

LinkedIn crosses the line from helpful reference to overly intrusive and deceptive. Useful for your relatives, competitors and former classmates to track your progress. Proz.com, atanet.org are more professional.

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Ana Vozone  Identity Verified
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Totally agree with Francis Apr 19

I use LinkedIn to keep track of my younger relatives... And I keep getting requests from people I do not know, many from the translation business, but many from other industries...

I see absolutely no use in joining LinkedIn. And, like Francis says, atanet, Proz and other smaller, more translator-relevant sites are much more useful.


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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
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No Apr 19

but then I do not use it.

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Lucas_venceslau  Identity Verified
Brazil
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Member (2016)
English to Portuguese
Networking Apr 19

After some years, I started finding some Project Managers I'd worked with before, some of them are not at/at the same agencies, so it saves me time with cover letters, translation tests and endless registration forms. It is kind of useful.

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Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
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No Apr 19

but maybe I just don't understand its potentials

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Teresa Borges
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Likewise! Apr 19

Yetta J Bogarde wrote:

but maybe I just don't understand its potentials


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EvaVer  Identity Verified
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Why? Apr 19

Julian Holmes wrote:

- I feel that the people in LinkedIn are more likely to be serious individuals or professionals.

I understand it's open to everybody, so why should they be?


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Vanda Nissen  Identity Verified
Australia
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Yes Apr 19

I second Muriel - LinkedIn has put me in touch with many people from different industries, and it has brought me work. Project managers are also using it, and I've been approached on different occassions.

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Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
Brazil
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No, because... Apr 19

I'm a linked-in user for almost 15 years. I keep a complete profile there, and interacts with colleagues in the references and indications. I have the linked-in link in my CV, and I use it in several occasions as my professional page (when asked).
However, I voted "no" because the main purpose of Linked-in is not to store CVs and profiles, yet to be a professional network. However, the site only works as for the former purpose and is useless for the latter. So, my answer has to be "no".


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svenfrade  Identity Verified
Germany
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No Apr 20

I registered on LinkedIn many years ago since I thought it might be useful but decided to cancel my profile after a year or so as I found it absolutely useless. The 'benefit' was that the photo I had made visible to logged in members only or whatever (I don't remember exactly but it was not public) was suddenly visible to anyone when googling my name although my profile no longer existed. It took me a while to get that removed and I was extremely annoyed. So let's just say that the impression I got of LinkedIn was anything but professional and I certainly wouldn't recommend it.

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