LinkedIn has lost all of its value for me.
What? How? I mean it’s the first place recruiters and HR people go to find and learn about candidates, right?
Well yes. And that’s precisely the problem.
Recruiters have very little value to me. Perhaps this is also true for most developers. Now, I don’t mean to suggest that I am the kind of brilliant developer who can work wherever she wants. But I am a developer with an excellent sense of:
- the kind of work I’d like to do;
- the work culture I am happiest and most successful in;
- the cities in which my husband and I would like to live; and
- what kind of commute I’m willing to tolerate.
Messages from Silicon Valley companies, or
VC-Funded Social Media Ad Startup in Santa Monica/Irvine/Commutinghelltopia aren’t going to work for me. Offers from Atlanta (where I used to live) or Charlotte, NC (Really?) certainly won’t.
Now, LinkedIn’s boneheaded product changes didn’t help. I hated the new design. Endorsements became meaningless to me once a high school friend endorsed me for information architecture. Notifications for those endorsements, and other minor activities just added to a stream of noise. Soon the number of useful interactions I had on LinkedIn were outweighed 10:1* by interactions that were useless. So I deleted my account and haven’t looked back.
* A totally made up ratio, but one that captures the magnitude.