Sunday, December 9, 2012
Although I've got a LinkedIn profile myself, the only time I use it is to accept "friending" requests. In other words, like Facebook, Twitter and MySpace, I never use it. I've still wondered, though, whether law students really get jobs through LinkedIn as opposed to people working in other professions where, for all I know, it might be the gold standard of networking options. Out of curiosity, do you, dear reader, know of any law students who've gotten jobs - even indirectly - through LinkedIn versus the old fashion, face-to-face style of networking (which is still the best way to find a job despite the prevalence of cyber alternatives).
I've certainly noticed that many law students and recent grads have created LinkedIn profiles and since the time commitment involved is de minimus, I guess there's little reason not to have one. If it's been a successful networking tool for even a few students, so much the better. Nothing ventured, nothing gained as they say.
So assuming you've got a LinkedIn profile, you might as well heed the advice of the site's own networking gurus by avoiding the following buzzwords which they say may hurt your chances of finding a job since they are so overused, they turn-off prospective employers. From The Business Insider:
LinkedIn has scoured the profiles of its 187 million members and come up with a new list of overused, useless buzzwords.
These are the words that can be an instant turnoff to a recruiter who sees them over and over again because they show that you aren't "dynamic" with great "communication skills," but the opposite.