In recent years, I've heard time and time again that if I wanted to have a successful "career" (if that means anything but a good-sounding term for "jobs"), I must be on Linkedin. That's supposed to be the place where you make your professional contacts, where you get all the relevant news from your field, and so on...
However, so far, I have never even made an interview out of any Linkedin interaction. I've had some after contacting through other websites (mostly "job panels" like Infojobs (or others that look much like the StackOverflow one)), but never after Linkedin. Maybe there is something wrong with my profile, but I assume that recruiters search in on Linkedin anyway regardless of how the first contact took place, so I don't really think that's the reason.
Instead, what I often find on Linkedin is either "feel-good" motivational messages or flat-out marketing/political campaigns from the companies and institutions I follow. Every now and then you step on an actual job offer, so we get just a typical job-panel with a bad search function and a ton of spam. To me it feels like "Linkedin is for jobs what Facebook is for friendships" (i.e. too much quantity but too little quality) It just feels good to have an impressive Linkedin profile, but I cannot manage to see the benefits of it
So my question for you is: How relevant is Linkedin for your actual job search? And, if much, how do you make the most out of it?