Is LinkedIn a necessity in this day and age?
January 18, 2014 7:41 AM Subscribe
I am job hunting, and my career counselor has told me to set up a LinkedIn profile. I am a naturally introverted, private person, and don't particularly like the implications of social media. Is LinkedIn a necessity in this day and age? Details inside.
posted by Thanquol180 to Human Relations (38 answers total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
Hi all. I am a natural introvert, and I don't really like using social media. I value my privacy and close, personal relationships. I use Facebook as a necessity to speak with friends who live far away, and rarely post; you will never see a photo of food on my page. Even so, I am still disturbed by the amount of information I can dig up on myself through Google. I probably would even feel uncomfortable posting that I had gotten married - I mean, why does the whole freaking world have to know? I would rather just personally tell my close friends and family of major life events such as career changes, relationships, etc.
I would like to possibly make a career change but am averse to using LinkedIn. I hate the feeling of knowing that anyone in the world (including people from my past that I would rather not know what I was doing) can look me up and find out what I am doing career-wise.
My career counselor says that I am shooting myself in the foot if I don't begin to use it. The idea of broadcasting to the whole world my personal details for everyone to see makes me feel icky inside. Do you think that this type of networking is a necessity in order to stay competitive in this era's job market?