Linkedin: It’s Strictly Professional, Right?

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(CBS Radio) — Since 2002, Linkedin has helped professionals look for jobs, linked professionals together, and enabled their users to share and read work-related content.

Unlike other social networking sites, such as Facebook or Twitter, Linkedin is great for the business-minded individual. But, are all of Linkedin’s members using the social network for professional purposes?

Recently, I received a message from a Linkedin member that started off as, “I know this is very unprofessional, but…” Need I say more?

I was perplexed by the message. After all, it was sent from a member of a professional network, and to be clear…it was highly unprofessional.

I did not feel that the message was worthy of a response. Afterwards, I joked around with a few friends about how it appears as though Linkedin was turning into the new Match.com.

It was rather surprising to hear that my friends had received similar messages from Linkedin members.

I recently chatted with Charlotte resident, Amber Helms, about her experience with Linkedin:

“I joined LinkedIn thinking, “Oh wow, what a great way to get my name and experiences out there.” I was told to use a professional photograph, which I did. Then when I went to college, I was asked to connect with a lot of people in the media field. The more skills I added, the more connections I received. I started noticing more men were connecting with me than women.  I found it kind of strange, but shrugged it off. Around six months ago, I started receiving a lot of emails, asking me how I was doing, and to tell them more about myself. So of course, I responded with what my degree is in and my work experience, and lastly, what I was looking to do in the field. The responses were interesting: “I was really wondering if you liked Mexican food?”

I was getting Linkedin messages like that left and right asking similar questions, and the Linkedin members were also giving me their personal numbers and asking me to give them a call. Some even had the nerve to send a follow-up email asking why I had not called. The weird part was that most of them were married, and many were also much older than myself. Most of the men asked me to meet them for a drink. One even asked if he could send me flowers on Valentines Day. Not only is LinkedIn becoming the new Match.com, it’s also Stalkers United. What a lot of people don’t realize is that the majority of your personal information is on LinkedIn. It has a place for your phone number, home and work address, and all of your employer information.

It’s an online resume that anyone can see. I was on dating sites for a long time, and everything is the same. I get emails telling me how pretty I am, blah, blah, blah. However Mister, pretty isn’t going to get me the job I want. Well in this world it just may.”

-Nichole Jaworski, CBS Radio

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