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Old February 8th, 2015, 01:54 PM   #1
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After a second friend recommended Linkedin I went ahead and created a profile.

I'm kind of in job search mode. Basically I'm happy where I am, but not real thrilled with the periods of downtime between jobs. We are currently going on week three of layoff and not really sure when we will get called back again.

So, any great tips or tricks for Linkedin? Does it work? Is it a waste of time? From what I see it looks like Facebook for professionals, but beyond that, do employers really use it?

I'm specifically looking for a larger Commercial Diving Company to work for, something with benefits, retirement, etc.
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Old February 8th, 2015, 02:36 PM   #2
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I have had two job offers from it.
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Old February 8th, 2015, 03:00 PM   #3
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I have had two job offers from it.
Good to know. How long have you been on there?
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About two years. You have to keep it up to date. One company found me and reached out to me. Told them what it would take to get me from where I am now. They said no problem, then when I got my offer it was significantly less. Only reason why I am not there now. That one would have required me to relocate to Rockford, Ill......
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I have one. Go back to it every now and then and keep it updated. You never know what kind of opportunities could come about.
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roughly 18 month agos I got a "spam blast" from linkedin. that spam blast, the subsequent replies, interviews, etc. all turned into my current career path. (at the time I wasn't even looking so I was pretty tentative/cautious, and overall it was pretty surreal - I didn't even meet anyone with the company until I had been on board for roughly 5 months)

I work almost entirely from home, salaried, with "up to 50% travel" that has actually turned into 4 trips total, each less than a week...

in a word, yes, LinkedIn works.
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About two years. You have to keep it up to date. One company found me and reached out to me. Told them what it would take to get me from where I am now. They said no problem, then when I got my offer it was significantly less. Only reason why I am not there now. That one would have required me to relocate to Rockford, Ill......
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roughly 18 month agos I got a "spam blast" from linkedin. that spam blast, the subsequent replies, interviews, etc. all turned into my current career path. (at the time I wasn't even looking so I was pretty tentative/cautious, and overall it was pretty surreal - I didn't even meet anyone with the company until I had been on board for roughly 5 months)

I work almost entirely from home, salaried, with "up to 50% travel" that has actually turned into 4 trips total, each less than a week...

in a word, yes, LinkedIn works.
Very cool. I'm hoping for such luck!
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Here is what I have so far: www.linkedin.com/pub/keith-kodet/b2/661/234

I add a bit each evening and continue to tweak it. Is the paid subscription worth it for the extra features?
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I've maintained a LinkedIn profile for a couple of years. With my previous job I worked in the field, so I met hundreds of people in different positions at different places. LinkedIn was great for keeping an organized network of people who I could reach out to, and who could reach out to me.

I've not tried to get employment via LinkedIn but have heard lots of success stories. I don't have a paid subscription... I imagine the usefulness varies greatly depending on your industry, level, etc.
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I have not used the paid subscription......
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They are currently offering a 30 day free trial of the premium (paid) membership. I'm thinking of trying it once I have my page/resume tweaked and completed to the way I like it.

So far I've found a few cool jobs through it, and have applied. One company sent me back some additional paperwork to fill out so fingers crossed. It is one of about 5-6 that I'd really like to work for.
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I've been on it for a couple years, but since my current employer treats me well I have had no reason to job search.
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