This post will be received with mixed reactions and will divide opinions. However, I think it was one that needed to be written following our current experience with our recent LinkedIn job post. Whilst there is little doubt over the advantages of posting a job opening on LinkedIN, there are also some negatives, and this is probably the greatest one of all. And, following a little bit of exploration into other job offers on the ‘worlds largest professional network’, it appears to be a very common theme. Simply put, LinkedIN allows people to be lazy.
Now before LinkedIn takes out their big stick and punishes me for what I have just wrote, I’m not accusing them of making people lazy. I am, however, saying that LinkedIN allows people to take the easy option. If you are of a lazy disposition then LinkedIN can help you show your true colours. Instead of spending some time applying for a position you are interested in, you simply ask the company to view your profile! Worse still, you comment under the post that ‘I’m Interested’. Well hold the fort, you’re hired!
Think about this for a second. You are asking a potential employer to head on over and check out your profile, and then what?? Get in touch with you and ask you to apply for the position and send on your CV, cover letter and portfolio?. This type of mindset and approach is never, in my opinion, going to get you considered let alone get you an interview. Why? Because it shows you can’t be bothered to spend a little bit of time putting together an application. No one wants to hire someone who takes the easy option. No one wants to take someone on that doesn’t have the initiative to apply properly for a job opening.
Now you may say that your LinkedIN profile is in fact your CV and the perfect medium where employers should check you out. True, BUT, it should not be considered the first port of call. It should be the added bonus to your CV and support what you have written in it. Don’t ask potential employers to check out your profile, let them decide to do that for themselves. If the truth be known, they will most likely do this after you have applied for the job.
So for anyone out there that is using LinkedIN to find their next job, please don’t fall at the very first hurdle. Spend an hour or two adapting your CV to fit the job spec. Then apply as requested in the job post and show that you are not one of the lazy ones.