Do you think JobBoards/LinkedIn are dead?

Siemens @_
Feb 16, 2018 19 Comments

I have been looking for better opportunity for more than a year now. I hardly get any response from LinkedIn Recruiters or even after applying for jobs. Only time I get contacted are for jobs that are heavily underpaid or doesn’t match my skills at all(I’m not in computer science so my pay is probably less than 1/3rd than what people discuss here on blind, I am not complaining with that but to give an idea when I say underpaid job :D.) What is your experience?

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  • Fitbit VIST38
    I get constant recruiting messages on LinkedIn
    Feb 16, 2018 2
    • Siemens @_
      OP
      What’s you background VIST38?
      Feb 16, 2018
    • Fitbit VIST38
      Decade or so of software, mostly backend
      Feb 16, 2018
  • Amazon iAlexa
    In last 7 years, I haven’t applied for a job.
    Recruiters message me all the time.

    Make a good linkedIn profile and you should be all set
    Feb 16, 2018 1
    • Siemens @_
      OP
      What is a good profile? I have my past positions, education history, research from grad school, publications, portfolio/work examples everything except non-shareable (NDA involved) work. Have also got pretty good connections and recommendations from clients and supervisors? I hope that should be enough.
      I am open for more suggestions.
      Feb 16, 2018
  • LinkedIn Neptune
    Linkedin ain’t a magic job gettin’ machine. It’s a networking service... you still have to actually know people and have relationships to get any real value. It’s like saying “I signed up for Facebook why haven’t I made a new best friend.”

    Job boards are a different story.

    Edit: For a small number of people who are very in demand, LI may feel like it’s overflowing with offers, some of which are not ideal. These people are basically the really hot girls on a dating app. Might have to wade though some riff raff, but in general this is a high quality problem.
    Feb 16, 2018 1
    • Siemens @_
      OP
      Good analogy. I get your point, although my workscope and market is very niche I can apply my skills to many applications but recruiters are sometimes dumb that they only want one particular experience (for example, assuming you’re a CS person,. I’m a C++ programmer but they want C# only).
      Feb 16, 2018
  • Oath / Eng FE$$
    I get LinkedIn job recommendations that’s related to my search history. Do they actually get data like that? I end up applying a few of them and it even recommended some of my connections as referral. Pretty smooth process.
    Feb 16, 2018 0
  • Veritas DyvX42
    Does anyone else’s company have a policy that discourages employees and managers from being references or endorsing former or current employees on LinkedIn?
    Feb 16, 2018 3
    • Sirius XM KwBu6e
      That was a thing at a company I worked at 10 years ago but they dropped the policy after a couple of years.
      Feb 16, 2018
    • Siemens @_
      OP
      Actually my present employer does have that policy.
      Feb 16, 2018
    • Veritas DyvX42
      Does anyone honor it? What do you think about it?
      Feb 16, 2018
  • Microsoft / Product @zzzzz
    Pay for premium for a limited time. Test by putting random keywords and skills to monitor for changes to profile views, who is viewing, what was their search key words, etc. You get that from premium linked in. Use data to improve seo.
    Feb 16, 2018 2
    • Siemens @_
      OP
      Thanks!
      Feb 16, 2018
    • LinkedIn mNjP14
      premium account trial is free. The headline is important, and try beyond ‘title at company’
      Feb 16, 2018
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    If your not using linkedin to network into a job for an internal referral, you’re doing it wrong.
    For most companies, its not that hard to figure out who works in the group hiring for the role you’re looking at. Even the HM. Do some research, find a common connection. People, hobbies, school, etc and ask to be introduced, or approach directly. Approach for advice/mentorship/informational, etc. see if they would be willing to meet for coffee. Have a real convo. See where it goes. Best advice I ever got.
    Feb 17, 2018 0
  • Sirius XM KwBu6e
    The fastest way to get a new job is to figure out who you know where you want to work. People vouching for you tends to put you at the top of the pile and then the rest of the interview process is up to you. I’m not bashing LinkedIn or job boards... those also work, they’re just slower and a lower success rate.
    Feb 16, 2018 0
  • New fTLQ57
    Getting a job is a search/optimization problem. Run some tests, take some notes, do some debugging.
    Feb 16, 2018 0
  • Marvell 98765432
    It’s very hard to give you advice without looking at your profile. Besides C++ what else do you have? What are your areas of expertise? Do you have in your profile all the keywords so recruiters can find you? You should apply directly to ppl instead of boards or systems.
    Feb 16, 2018 0