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Spying on potential employer's LinkedIn

The whole point of LinkedIn is to allow users to share business, and in some cases personal, information about themselves. The converse is also true; allowing you to view business and professional ...
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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?

No. Don't apologize. Had it happen to me, and I've done it myself. If a person doesn't want their profile accessed, they shouldn't make it publicly available. There is nothing wrong with that.
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Is it legal for company to use my work email to pretend I still work there?

Regarding the first question, "is it legal?" questions should always be posted on Law SE, not here. As for your LinkedIn account, LinkedIn has the ability to change your email address associated with ...
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Should my manager be aware of private LinkedIn approaches I receive? How to politely have this happen?

Should my manager be aware of me being offered opportunities to other companies? The short answer to this is no. The longer answer is that once you make that statement, you have essentially said "...
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Interviewer wanted to connect with me on LinkedIn the day after the interview, is this appropriate?

Is it appropriate to accept a connection request from an interviewer the day after the interview, with no context as to whether or not they want to hire you? Yes, that is basically the purpose of ...
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How long to wait to express gratitude to ex manager after they are unexpectedly fired?

How long is it appropriate to wait before sending him a message on LinkedIn? Whenever you feel like it. As you said, he probably left and burned some bridges; your thank you message will surely lift ...
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Can I reach out to dismissed coworker to wish her well?

Is it inappropriate to reach out? No, not if reaching out means: Connecting on LinkedIn and sending a message to wish them well. That is perfectly acceptable. I suspect it was due to performance... ...
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Is it legal for company to use my work email to pretend I still work there?

Update your linkedin profile IMMEDIATELY, report possible fraud to them. Change the email from your work email to a private one. Get a lawyer to send a cease and desist order to your previous ...
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Is it okay for an intern student to add co-workers on LinkedIn?

I think you can just add them on LinkedIn without asking permission or talking about it face to face. Just build a network, you will never know when it will come in handy!
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Is it a common practice to strongly incentivize employee to relay company posts on Linkedin with our personal account?

It's not uncommon for companies to ask if employees mind sharing such posts - but it's less common (and in my view unacceptable) to demand that employees do so. Your personal LinkedIn account is just ...
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Which industry am I working in? Software development or financial services?

You work in the "Financial Services" industry, and your job title and skill set is "Software Developer". This will be important later in your career when you're applying for developer roles that want ...
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Is it appropriate to say "Excel hell" on a LinkedIn profile?

There's a time and place for humor - and realistically ninety nine times out of a hundred your LinkedIn profile isn't it. I'm guessing you wouldn't use this line on your CV so that begs the question ...
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Is it appropriate to say "Excel hell" on a LinkedIn profile?

"Escaping Excel hell, one spreadsheet at a time." This is a bad idea The profanity aside which might bother some people, that phrase makes it seem that you want to get out of Excel work, not that ...
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Etiquette for replying to eager HR acting as intermediary

Jane should be able to answer your questions since: Jane & Joe have the same role as well as seniority Your questions are rather general ones than specific to the position Jane agreed to ...
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Can I list one day of volunteer work as "Month - Year" on my resume?

If your date of volunteering was given as Nov-2016 then I would assume that you volunteered for the whole month. If I found out that you actually volunteered for one day only, I would assume that you ...
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Is it legal for company to use my work email to pretend I still work there?

Company owns your email address (for example [email protected] ) so they could theoretically re-use it, however impersonating someone (especially to obtain financial gain) is strictly ...
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Is it okay for an intern student to add co-workers on LinkedIn?

I was wondering if it would be appropriate for me to ask my co-workers if I could maintain a professional network with them It's perfectly appropriate to invite anyone who you think would add value ...
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How do I create a LinkedIn account without my employer knowing?

Don't overthink this. Plenty of people get LinkedIn accounts for reasons other than job hunting. Also HR departments have far more to do than go round checking to see if someone in their organization ...
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How to describe nursing someone and being a stay at home parent as a career break on LinkedIn?

"Caregiver" or "Stay at home parent" is probably sufficient - most potential employers aren't really going to be interested in details beyond explaining why the gap exists and that ...
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Spying on potential employer's LinkedIn

If I were one of the interviewers, I would view it as good research and a positive indicator about your interest in the job. I would however stay away from asking any questions about info you found ...
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Should my manager be aware of private LinkedIn approaches I receive? How to politely have this happen?

You need to be aware that LinkedIn recruiters contact a very large amount of profiles. They are fishing with a large net to hope catching one fish. So telling your manager that you are very solicited ...
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Etiquette for replying to eager HR acting as intermediary

First rule: don't insult HR. Jane is offering to help. She's fully able to answer all of the questions you need answered now. You've already admitted that any questions she might not be able to ...
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Shall I accept this "lunch and discussion" invite from a new LinkedIn contact?

I have a bit more of a broad answer. Never go to any meeting without knowing what the purpose of the meeting is, and what each participant wants out of it. * * Exceptions exist for spouses and ...
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Can I reach out to dismissed coworker to wish her well?

Is it inappropriate to reach out? I feel it's perfectly OK to reach out and wish her good luck and the best in her future endeavors. As always, try to keep your message professional, avoid ...
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Is it a common practice to strongly incentivize employee to relay company posts on Linkedin with our personal account?

I had a feeling this would against LinkedIn's Terms of Service, so I checked. There was nothing directly in the ToS, but it linked to a document called Professional Community Policies that was ...
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Interviewer wanted to connect with me on LinkedIn the day after the interview, is this appropriate?

Wow, you're totally overthinking this. LinkedIn is an easy way to utilize real time instant messaging, rather than sending lots of emails and encountering delays. Assume that the interviewer is ...
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Should I list my 3-years PhD in 'Education' or 'Experience' on LinkedIn?

I am wondering where I should list the three years of PhD on my LinkedIn profile Chose Option 3 The third bullet you provided is the way to go, put it in both locations. It looks like, and is ...
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Can I reach out to dismissed coworker to wish her well?

You should absolutely send message to them on LinkedIn to tell them that you enjoyed working with them and you'd like to keep in touch. That is entirely appropriate. They may respond with more details ...
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Should I add my primary schools, junior school, and secondary school names to Education of my LinkedIn profile?

No. Nobody cares what you did in primary school.
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Should I tell my coworker that someone has made a fake Linkedin account of him?

Yes. Just mention him you saw a Linkedin account using his name, picture, role and stating he attended that University, and ask if maybe it is his. If somebody is trying social engineering methods to ...
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