Sorry if this question has been asked before, I looked up [LinkedIn] and nothing similar came up on the first 3 to 4 pages.
- Does not having a LinkedIn or Facebook profile adversely affect employment chances?
- To all the hiring managers and team leaders here in the community, are you ever annoyed or concerned when an applicant (who has the skills for the job) does not have a social media presence?
- Are hiring managers more likely to interview applicants with a LinkedIn profile (perhaps because they can see how professional the applicant looks in their headshot or because they have endorsements/recommendations)?
I am wondering if my lack of social media presence is hurting my job search. A lot of hiring managers/employers look up job applicants' profiles on LinkedIn and Facebook. While I do have a Facebook account, I've deactivated it as I haven't used it in many years. My LinkedIn profile is incomplete, and I have a few useless connections (maybe 3 or 4). The main reason I have a LinkedIn profile is that it allows me to look up and learn about the team/interviewers at a company where I have applied for a job and received an invitation for an interview. And I think hiring managers do this too from time to time before they interview applicants.
I never felt comfortable making my resume public. For me, there is something really unsettling about LinkedIn; it feels like there are bugs crawling underneath my skin. I have seen many of my peers outright lie in their LinkedIn profile.
Extensive knowledge of econometrics and economic modeling; advanced analytical and research skills; proficient in data processing and Stata, EViews, R, MATLAB, ... (emphasis mine)
Like I literally know these people - "Proficient"? C'mon. How can someone who's taken two courses in econometrics in a graduate program say they have extensive knowledge of this incredibly intricate subject? I'd expect an economist in the Bank of Canada, an economic policy analyst at a research institute or govt. organization, or a professor of applied economics to have extensive knowledge of econometrics and economic modeling.
There's so much lies out there that I don't feel comfortable listing my jobs/skills/experiences in LinkedIn. I don't want to play this game. I don't want to embellish my skills and experiences to be on par with them. Grandiloquent language and what not.
I am not socially awkward, I can hold a conversation when it's meaningful, but I don't enjoy meaningless chitchat. I don't like posting on social media, and I don't like taking photos of myself. I don't have a razor-sharp, professional looking photo for my LinkedIn profile. That's not who I am, or what I look like on a daily basis. Even if I completed my LinkedIn profile, it probably wouldn't be very effective since I am introverted. I'd probably only connect with my supervisors and professors. Colleagues, not so much.
How big of a drawback is this? I know many employers hire based on the LinkedIn profile of their applicants. Sometimes people get hired directly from LinkedIn; jobs are not even posted on jobsites. I know almost everything is becoming online nowadays, and I can't help but feel like a Neanderthal. I also feel like everything that I'd like my employers to know is already there in my resume, and that there's nothing additional that I can put in a LinkedIn profile (other than endorsements and references from my supervisors and people I've worked with). Not sure if these are something hiring managers/employers value.
I'm just trying to understand what I am doing wrong, and if I should bite the bullet and explore the avenue - put up a fake smile, take a headshot, and dive right in. Honestly, knowing that I have a public profile is going to really, really haunt me.
Field of work: Economic Research / Economist / Policy Analysis / Data Analyst
Potential employers: Government / Think Tanks / Research Institutes / Consulting Firms / Academia (research)
Note: I've seen the question linked in the comments. That didn't answer my question. That question mostly talks about Fb, Twitter, and Instagram, whereas my focus is on LinkedIn. Also, their field of work is in marketing/customer relations/PR, where as my field of work is in economics/research. So answers will differ based on that.