Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Mysteries of the universe, explained: LinkedIn

A few months ago, I asked what the purpose of LinkedIn was. Now, there is a thorough explanation (via TNA). There are many deep truths embedded in this essay, including this description of what could well be every institutional happy hour ever held in DC:
LinkedIn merely digitizes the core, and frequently cruel, paradox of networking events and conferences. You show up at such gatherings because you want to know more important people in your line of work—but the only people mingling are those who, like you, don’t seem to know anyone important. You just end up talking to the sad sacks you already know.
Or worse, the army of unpaid interns for whom you, as a low-level but nonetheless salaried employee, are simultaneously the rival and the only social hope in the room.

And, on a practical note, after reading that, “You can add up to 50 relevant skills and areas of expertise (like ballet, iPhone and global business development),” I tried to enter "none to speak of" in the "skills" box of my own LinkedIn profile, and the website experienced a fatal error in response to my effort. Evidently, it is actually impossible to be unskilled. Only unemployed.

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