If you are raising your hand and saying "I do! I do!" then, like me you have the utmost respect for all the glory that is LinkedIn. As recruiters our livlihood depends on it. If the site goes down for even a few minutes our heart rate spikes and we develop the shakes. And while I rely on LinkedIn like it's oxygen, it has it's strengths and weaknesses.
So as a professional venting session I'm going to list a few things that I don't like about LinkedIn. Please let me know what I have missed in comments!
- Endorsements. Useless endorsements. Hi perfect stranger, thank you so much for endorsing my skills in employee relations! Unfortunately, I have no skills in employee relations because I am a recruiter not an HR Generalist. No perfect stranger, I'm sorry but I will not return the favor and "endorse" you for your java coding skills, since I know nothing about java except that I enjoy a nice steaming cup of it now and then.
- People who mistake LinkedIn as a dating site. LinkedIn is not the next Match, Ok Cupid or Tinder. It is a professional networking site. And anyways you live in Thailand and I live in Denver so go away.
- Greeting Cards. I have never met you. I get enough spam. I honestly don't care if you wish me a happy solstice. Just. Stop.
- Declines. Okay. I understand if you aren't interested in my FANTASTIC job opportunity, but do you really have to "decline" me? Perhaps something a bit more gentle? A nice "thanks, let's keep in touch" is always appropriate. It's all about who you know. Connect with me. You never know where life may take you.
- This last one is honestly my own fault. Some time ago I put my personal contact information on my profile, including my cell-phone number. Don't ask me why. It was a bad idea. It doesn't happen often but every now and then I will get a call at 8:30 on Saturday night. I pick up. (Yes, yes, this is all my fault!) and it is an applicant inquiring about a job posting in Miami. Which means its actually 10:30 Eastern Time. On Saturday. Yeah. You aren't getting the job. And yes. I am removing my phone number from my profile!
I am sure there are many other quirks I have missed. And while I complain, I do admit that LinkedIn is my life blood and I don't know what on earth I would do without it. But I complain. It's what I do. :)