9 reasons why LinkedIn is the most professional club on the Internet.

Serious-about-networkingOf the major social media sites, LinkedIn does the best job of creating an atmosphere of professional online interaction and…preventing its members from making idiots of themselves.

Why will LinkedIn NOT allow you to cross the line from professionalism to hooliganism? Let’s just say it’s an understanding we LinkedIn members have and will always have.

Sure there are some slip-ups here and there, but very few compared to the faux pas that occur on, say, Facebook or Twitter (see 30 Ways to Lose a Job on Twitter). Why? Perhaps it has to do with the members who use LinkedIn…average age is around 43 with high salary earnings in the hundred thousands.

Developed in 2003, LinkedIn was used as a business networking application on which businesses could network to develop leads and increase business opportunities. Unfortunately unemployment became such a large business and caused increasingly more jobseekers to migrated to LinkedIn. Fortunately LinkedIn is the best networking application for jobseekers.

Here are what I consider to be LinkedIn’s greatest assets and what keeps it business as usual.

  1. Recruiter, Hiring Manager, HR approved. According to Jobvite.com, 89% of employers regularly use LinkedIn to cull talent, while only 26% use Facebook, 16% employ Twitter, and a mere 3% turn to blogs.
  2. Have you noticed LinkedIns changesIt’s sleek and simplified but many of its applications have disappeared. Disconcerting at first, many members with whom I’ve communicated say the changes make sense. (Still I miss Answers and Reading List.) But sometimes less is more.
  3. Tweeting on LinkedIn is discouraged. You can link to Twitter and send updates as tweets but not the other way around. There was a time when your tweets would show up as updates, but LinkedIn users were tired of hearing about where you’ll be eating in Manhattan and when you’re picking up your daughter at summer camp.
  4.  Members hang with their own. I’m on Twitter and some surfer dude is following me, which is cool; but I’m more selective when it comes to my contacts. This holds true for most LinkedIn members. Kitty Kat asked me to join her network on LinkedIn, but I simply ignored her (Ignore is the proper way to decline an invite.)
  5. LinkedIn users are following suit. Photos were once considered taboo, particularly with the older jobseekers, but now almost everyone is donning a photo. It’s a rare occasion when a LinkedIn member does NOT have a photo. As a rule, I will not accept an invite from someone who doesn’t have a photo; and I certainly won’t invite a photo-less LinkedIn member. Too creepy.
  6. Like Pepsi, we don’t mind being #2. Facebook is the supreme ruler in terms of membership, but look at all the crap that surrounds the social media mega superstar. When was the last time you heard of some poor kid being cyber bullied on LinkedIn? Never. Let Facebook have their 800 million members; we’re happy with 135 million serious networkers.
  7. My mom doesn’t have an account. Sorry, Mom, but you’re retired and living by a lake enjoying the good life. LinkedIn is for people who have a reason for being on it.
  8. All the major sports teams see no use for LinkedIn. My beloved Patriots don’t ask their fans to follow them on LinkedIn, nor do entertainment entities and beer companies. Facebook and Twitter share that market, and they can have it.
  9. LinkedIn isn’t sexyBusiness Insider is unkind when it states: How Linkedin’s Lousy Sex Appeal Could End Up Killing It. I know it’s not sexy, far from it, but that’s what makes it professional; so Business Insider phases me the least. I’m looking for substance over eye candy, as most serious networkers in the search for business or a job.

These are 9 reasons why LinkedIn is the most professional club on the Internet. For these reasons, LinkedIn is the best way for me to spend an average of two hours a day on the Internet…365 days a year. Go to LinkedIn’s blogsite for more information about LinkedIn. I’m sure you’ll be totally impressed with how professional-minded and…bland LinkedIn is.

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Bob McIntosh, CPRW, is a career trainer who leads more than 17 job search workshops at an urban career center. Jobseekers and staff look to him for advice on the job search. In addition, Bob has gained a reputation as a LinkedIn authority in the community. Bob’s greatest pleasure is helping people find rewarding careers in a competitive job market. Follow Bob on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/bob_mcintosh_1 and LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/bobmcintosh1

13 Responses to 9 reasons why LinkedIn is the most professional club on the Internet.

  1. I’m a serious networker and have had some great conversations with likeminded professionals who share the same values. LinkedIn is a great connection tool!

  2. Only for the serious networkers. I think this will keep LI alive, despite what others say about Facebook, et al. killing it.

  3. Paula says:

    Actually, I tell my clients that LinkedIn is the greatest invention for the job and career search since the discovery of fire…and I mean it, too! In addition to being a super way to keep one’s self on other people’s radar, as you mention, Bob, it’s also simply fun. I find it a helluva lot more entertaining than Facebook — oh, please…do I really need to buy roses from someone’s virtual “garden”? — and much better engineered for ease of use.

    Hands down…the greatest thing since the wheel…

    • Whew, I’m glad you feel this way, too, Paula. I think LinkedIn is loads of fun and also tell my cusstomers that it’s a great tool to find work. Not sure everyone is buying it, though. 800M to 135M is a large gap, but we’re getting there.

  4. NIce helping blog.. i also do believe that LinkedIn is the most professional club on internet… Thanks…

  5. simonhamer says:

    Reblogged this on Simon Hamer and commented:
    These are some of the reasons I use LinkedIn. I hope that you enjoy the bloggers article and come to thrive through LinkedIn.

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  7. I agree, Bob. I have my job hunters create at least a LinkedIn profile (if not a WordPress website) because you HAVE to have an online ‘hub’ to link people to on your resume headers, business cards and email signature.

    Thanks for the post.

    • Thanks for the reply, Beth. Simply having a resume is not enough these days. This is hard for some people to grasp. I find the people in my workshops prefer LinkedIn over social media sites because of its no-nonsense approach. Thanks.

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