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Using the social networking site LinkedIn to further one's career goals and network

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Is it legal for company to use my work email to pretend I still work there? [duplicate]

I recently quit my job due to the toxic work environment. My job involved email communication with our clients, and my boss has asked my coworkers to use my email to pretend to be me and talk to our ...
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Spying on potential employer's LinkedIn

I know LinkedIn notifies the user when someone visits their profile. I have an interview scheduled in a week with 4 different people from a company. I would like to see what is on their LinkedIn and ...
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How long to wait to express gratitude to ex manager after they are unexpectedly fired?

My now ex-manager was unexpectedly fired this week and he was not given an opportunity to address anyone or even send out a farewell email. I'd like to reach out via LinkedIn to express my gratitude ...
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Is it okay for an intern student to add co-workers on LinkedIn?

I'm currently a student on an co-op term. I work in a fairly small team and my term is about to finish up. Since this is my first intern experience, I was wondering if it would be appropriate for me ...
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I looked up a future colleague on LinkedIn before I started a job. I told him about it and he seemed surprised. Should I apologize?

I was thinking about this and was wondering if my behavior is unethical - the information was public, and I didn't think much of doing so at the time.
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LinkedIn invitations from people I don't know

I frequently get invitations on LinkedIn from people whom I don't know. We often have several shared connections, but don't know each other personally. I am more inclined to ignore invitations from ...
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The etiquette of connecting with recruiters on networking sites

I sometimes get contacted by recruiters on sites such as LinkedIn, asking if I am interested in a job they have available, and they usually want to make a formal connection on the network to share ...
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Is it a common practice to strongly incentivize employee to relay company posts on Linkedin with our personal account?

The company I work for is currently in a process of trying to increase its visibility, especially through a lot of LinkedIn post to promote article on our blog or to share non work-related animation. ...
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Can I reach out to dismissed coworker to wish her well?

A co-worker I had regular dealings with was recently dismissed from the company. I suspect it was due to performance ratings as my employer dismisses the bottom x % each year based on performance ...
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Is it appropriate to say “Excel hell” on a LinkedIn profile?

A majority of my current job is replacing exceedingly complicated Excel-based data processes with automated software. I heard the phrase "Excel hell" on the podcast Talk Python To Me and thought it ...
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Is It Bad Form to Remove a Deceased LinkedIn Connection?

I feel kind of insensitive for asking about this. I am connected to a guy that suddenly died about a month ago of natural causes. I was just looking through my connections on LinkedIn, and ...
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Request to delete LinkedIn account at termination of employment

My employment is coming to an end and my current employer has added a clause into an agreement requiring me to: Delete my personal LinkedIn account, never re-activate it or access the information ...
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How should I respond to vague recruiter requests?

A recruiter contacted me with a pretty vague request. It's somewhat phrased as follows (modified to avoid arousing too much suspicion): Software Engineering Opportutnies @ LinkedIn Hi, we identified ...
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How important is a LinkedIn profile? [closed]

Many of my friends have a LinkedIn profile and they claim that it is quite useful for making industry connections, but I am not sure how these connections work. Will they be able to replace the need ...
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Keeping LinkedIn contacts after leaving a job [closed]

I've got a new job. My (current) director asked me not to update my LinkedIn profile until a couple of weeks after I leave. I told him that my new company may use LinkedIn as part of the business, and ...
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Is my Linkedin profile for personal use or work use?

My employer insists that everyone's Linkedin profile list their business email address, not their personal email address. Is this typical, standard, or generally accepted practice?
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Should I list my 3-years PhD in 'Education' or 'Experience' on LinkedIn?

I've been PhD candidate for the past 3 years, and recently (successfully) defended my thesis. I now want to apply to companies outside academia (and maybe not directly related to my field of study) in ...
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How do I politely decline providing a reference/recommendation?

I worked in a large team for several years and over time managed several people. Some have since written and requested recommendations for their LinkedIn profiles. I promptly wrote recommendations ...
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Should my manager be aware of private LinkedIn approaches I receive? How to politely have this happen?

Like most of us, I have a personal LinkedIn profile, which I keep as updated as feasible. Sometimes managers send me a message asking for my resume. Now, since I am already employed and busy on a ...
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Which industry am I working in? Software development or financial services?

Question: I am a software developer working in a financial service company. The company does NOT sell financing software or digital product. My work does involve an understanding about the finance ...
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What is LinkedIn etiquette before an interview?

When applying for a job at a new company if you know the name of the person interviewing should you look at their linkedIn profiles? How would you feel if the candidate you were interviewing appeared ...
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Listing LinkedIn profile as a full CV - looks lazy, or convenient for recruiters?

I am considering putting a line at the bottom of my one-page (US) resume like this: "References available upon request. For a full CV, please view my LinkedIn profile at http://www.linkedin.com/in/...
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My boss asked everyone to remove their role explanations from the LinkedIn profile. Is this okay?

My boss recently sent out a company-wide email saying something along the lines of: ...Moving forward, we want to ensure that we omit strategic business information from our communications. So in ...
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Is it ok to ignore messages from recruitment officers on linkedin?

I have a profile on LinkedIn, that I use whenever I am looking for a new position. When I am not, well, I tend to neglect it. However I still receive tons of invitations and messages from recruitment ...
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Should I disconnect from a past colleague on LinkedIn when a relationship has gone sour?

Despite my efforts at maintaining a professional and positive relationship while resigning from a job, I've recently been informed by past colleagues that my past employer has been saying a lot of ...
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How should I treat people who cannot spell my name on LinkedIn?

I'm registered on LinkedIn and I get invitations often. 6 out of 10 people who try to write down my name fail to spell it correctly. Sometimes it annoys me and I feel like writing a letter to them (...
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Which company to mention in LinkedIn or resume: Actual Employer or the Client

I had been employed by company X but after couple of months I had been shifted to client location at company Y and I worked there for almost 2 years before resigning. Also, Company Y is more renowned ...
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Should I include a picture on my linkedin profile?

Should I include a personal picture on my linkedin profile? I would never consider including one with my CV / Resume, and yet I have one on linkedin (which has only just occurred as slightly ...
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I don't have a surname, so what should I use in my CV or LinkedIn?

I was born in Indonesia, where a surname isn't mandatory so I only have a given name, let's say "Samirah" on my passport. I am now in Belgium, in the last year at college, where I signed up using only ...
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How to convince recruiters on LinkedIn to not ask for other interested applicants? [closed]

Most LinkedIn messages I receive are of the "We are looking for a candidate with your skill sets.." theme. These messages frustrate me not because people are finding my profile and inquiring ...
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How to ask for a job referral from a person you don't know?

I work in the software engineering industry. I want to work for company X. This company is a big company, and receives many CVs per day. Looking online, it seems that it would be better to ask for a ...
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How to ask for Linked-In recommendations

The other day I noticed my Linked-In profile did not have a whole ton of recommendations. I have worked with quite a few people over the past few years. How should I request a recommendation from ...
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Etiquette for replying to eager HR acting as intermediary

I found a job I am interested in and I have some deal-breaker questions I want to ask before applying (example: if they offer relocation, remote work, visas). I tried to find the answers on their site/...
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Should I write my biography in the first or third person?

On many different professional profiles (Linked-In, personal website, StackExchange sites etc) I see some users writing their biographies in first person and others in third person. I feel like third ...
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Is a LinkedIn profile important for people in tech?

From my time spent on LinkedIn recently, I get the feeling that most users are in marketing / digital marketing, sales, product management, accounting, and recruiting. Is LinkedIn important for ...
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Strange Behavior by Recruiters on LinkedIn

I wanted to talk about something strange that's been happening with me and recruiters on LinkedIn. The thing is, the recruiters contact me there through the messaging service describing a potential ...
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Protocol for Adding people on Linkedln

Is it unreasonable to add a person on linkedln that interviewed you? I want to add a person who did a phone interview with me. Is this seen as a bad gesture?
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Should I remove a LinkedIn contact who bullied me? [closed]

I worked in a company and found some nice LinkedIn contacts. But there is a contact who started to bully me after a while. I think he can't stand me at all. Should I remove him to my LinkedIn contacts?...
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Is there a recommended or optimal length of profile on LinkedIn?

1-2 pages is generally recommended for a resume. What about for LinkedIn? If it should be longer, what parts of a profile should be covered in more detail?
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How do I request an introduction in Linkedin, from a former colleague with whom I haven't kept in touch?

Browsing through my 2nd-degree connections on LinkedIn, I noticed a recruiter who works for a company I'm particularly interested in. I don't know this recruiter at all, personally, but I do have a ...
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How to explain career gap due to long running legal drama?

My normal work history was I started as a software engineer and then eventually became a software (or "technical") architect. My wife runs her own business and some years ago she took what she thought ...
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Shall I accept this “lunch and discussion” invite from a new LinkedIn contact?

A new LinkedIn contact that I thought to be a recruiter invited me to lunch to discuss about "technical environment" and "project management" in the company I work at. This person doesn't offer ...
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How to ask for an endorsement?

I am a junior developer in a medium sized team, and have been given a specific project for the term of my internship. I have kept my supervisor/superior well abreast of my progress. At every step of ...
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What is a limit to the information I should put up on LinkedIn?

When submitting PDF or paper resumes, I didn't have any concern as to the information I have written on it. It's still semi-private in the sense that only the employers whom I sent my resume to can ...
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Can it be seen as unprofessional to have an avatar as your LinkedIn profile picture?

I have created an identity of myself on the internet, with the following image: I'm using this image on almost every site I use: Twitter, Gravatar, Stack Overflow, blog, ... My question is the ...
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Can I list one day of volunteer work as “Month - Year” on my resume?

I am looking for volunteering experience that I can highlight on my resume or LinkedIn for an IT help-desk job, but mostly I find ones for a specific day, such as "Volunteers required for Garden ...
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Should I tell my coworker that someone has made a fake Linkedin account of him?

I am certain that it is him; the profile has his same unusual first and last name and it says that he works in the position he works at (team of 10 programmers), at the company, etc, and the profile ...
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Should I provide a recommendation on LinkedIn without being asked?

I recently worked with someone who I really enjoyed working with, and who I also think is incredibly skilled. He no longer works with us as he was here on a limited contract which is not being renewed ...
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Connecting with interviewer on LinkedIn post interview

I just interviewed with a company for a systems / business analyst position through a recruiting agency. Through my recruiter, I found out I was not chosen for the position, after only a few ...
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Informing connections on LinkedIn about looking for new opportunities? [duplicate]

So, I've given notice to my current employer, but have to work off my 3 month notice period fully. I've sent emails to a few recruiters I'm connected to on LinkedIn, but would like to publicize this ...

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