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Postby lawhopeful10 » Mon Feb 25, 2013 11:28 pm

How useful/necessary is LinkedIn for lawyers? Thanks in advance.

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Re: LinkedIn

Postby ph14 » Mon Feb 25, 2013 11:31 pm

lawhopeful10 wrote:How useful/necessary is LinkedIn for lawyers? Thanks in advance.

Not very useful or necessary. The main benefit for me is looking at people's profiles that I will be interviewing with as part of interview due diligence.

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Re: LinkedIn

Postby adonai » Mon Feb 25, 2013 11:39 pm

It is good for keeping track of people you know/have worked with. Also good for looking at others' profiles to see their work history and what they did to get to where they are now. Other than that, I think it is such BS that they advertise it like you will get a job from it.

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Re: LinkedIn

Postby A. Nony Mouse » Mon Feb 25, 2013 11:42 pm

I use it to stalk people - e.g. figure out what my classmates are doing, find people doing a job I'm applying for and look at their qualifications, etc. You see all these things saying "join groups on LinkedIn!" so I did, and oh. my. god. I have never seen such useless self-promotion and stupid conversation in my life. Makes TLS look like an online forum for Nobel prize winners (I mean, ALL of TLS, not just the good bits).

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Re: LinkedIn

Postby iconoclasttt » Tue Feb 26, 2013 1:06 am

It's an extremely thinly veiled recruiting tool. I've gotten a fair number of unsolicited inquiries from recruiters via my profile.

For lawyers, I think it's also slowly displacing the law firm bio, to the extent clients ever rely on such things. It's a lot easier to update a LinkedIn profile than to get the firm bio updated.

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Re: LinkedIn

Postby Dany » Tue Feb 26, 2013 1:08 am

I enjoy Linkedin, but I wouldn't call it useful or necessary.

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