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Discussion in 'Business, Careers & Education' started by imschatz, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. imschatz

    imschatz Senior member

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    Wondering if anyone has any experience being contacted through/via LinkedIn for job opportunities?

    The company that contacted me doesn't have the job posted on any of the usual job boards, but the opportunity sounds legit - interview is tomorrow with the hiring manager and some upper level management (president, managing director) on Monday.

    Just wondering if I how aggressive I can get with my 'list of demands' (salary, benefits, etc.) when/if they ask.

    I'm pretty much a baby, only got 18 months of real work experience .. seems kinda odd to get recruited this way (at this stage in my career) - and seems really odd the President would be sitting in on the interview.
     
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  2. texas_jack

    texas_jack Senior member

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    All will be revealed at the interview. This is normal these days. You have as much leverage as you would for any job at your level of value to them.
     
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    Sounds more like an intervention than a job interview, how much do you drink these days?

    In all seriousness, there are several companies where the president or owner wants to vet all new hires. Another possibility is that there is a personal connection you havent realised yet, and he is present because of that. Only one way to find out!
     
  4. imschatz

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    If this a reference to how poorly the OP was written .. ya not the drink .. mostly sleep deprivation. I've been stuck working nights and living off power naps for almost a month now.
     
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    Not really, just that any meeting with several people and a ruse to get you there = an intervention. Sucky attempt at humor on my part..

    I would go as far as having a list of demands. Just define, for yourself, what it would take to get you out of your current job.
     
  6. Saturdays

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    I would say this is common. I get one of these a month, offering to pay more than I currently make and all. Usually in a location I don't want to live in, and a job that won't accel my career as well as my current one. Nonetheless, you have saying power when they come to you, without you coming to them, it shows they have some desperation, and they are saving $ on not hiring a recruiter, so they can spare a bit on a bonus for being hired.

    It's legit, at the very least it will help you keep up your interview skills and make some contacts.
     
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    This is common, I get stuff from recruiters on LinkedIn at least once a week.

    Good luck with the interview!
     
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    How much do you guys include on your linkedin profiles? Basic one-liner or essentially a copy of your resume reorganized on your profile?

    I also work in a deal-driven industry and my team has executed several massive deals. Trying to decide if I should put them on my profile.
     
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    Related question. One of the HR women at my company just sent me a linked in connection request.

    Do you suppose this is a normal connection (she works down the hall from me, so it is not like she is some corporate HR person from another state) or are they trying to keep tabs on everyone?
     
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    I'd be careful to disclose any confidential business info. That being said I put an abbreviated version of my resume on there.
     
  11. texas_jack

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    Normal
     
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    Absolutely this.
     
  13. imschatz

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    As this is slowly becoming a general LinkedIn thread .. I edited the title.

    Just an update .. 2nd interview tomorrow .. Sounds like my dream job, so ****ing pumped. Analyst job for a Energy trading shop. Could be spending the next few years buried up to my nips in MatLab code and loving every second of it.
     
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    Did you get an offer yet? I moved jobs a little over two years ago solely because of LinkedIn.

    I don't include any details from the CV. Maximum I might include some percentages and an overall size of budget I am in charge of. I also hid the Styleforum affiliation (sorry Bradford).

    I think LinkedIn is a recruiter's dream now. I can't count how many junior headhunters just randomly mine for people on the site. That's partially why I stopped accepting people after getting past 100 connections. That said maybe one day they will make recruiters as useful as travel agents.
     
  15. imschatz

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    Long story short .. nope.

    Long story long .. In the 2nd meeting, we talked for about 2 hours on my career goals, and how I can get there. They are leaving the position empty, and seeing what I can do re: development in my current role over the next couple months. I've got the technical skills to be an analyst, they are worried I don't have the ability to effectively apply them to the market. I've only been in the industry for 10 months, so I can see their point .. still disappointing. Guess I gotta bust my ass for a few months and see what happens.
     
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    Honestly, sounds like a bullshit response from them. Hopefully it works out, but I've seen and heard to many stories that begin similarly, and they do not often pan out with the person getting the position. I don't see how any employer can expect someone to go from 'don't have the ability to effectively apply them to the market' to what they are after within a few months, especially if you already have 10 months of prior experience (6 months is usually enough to understand a role, 4 more would mean you should have it mastered). Obviously depending on where and what you are working on, which I know little of...

    Anyway, best of luck.
     
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    Ya .. I'm not holding out much hope. Problem is .. the job I'm doing now is borderline irrelevant to this type of role. So even 10 years experience doing what I am doing, won't count for shit. They want to find out if .. I'm an Economist, or an Engineer. My experience screams 'engineer' .. I know I'm an Economist, and I think it's possible to demonstrate that in 3-6 months.

    Right city, right industry, right company .. wrong floor of the building - (I'm in operations, want to be in trading).
     
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    It might be easier to move within your company. You're coming up on ten months so that's almost one performance period. Did you mention to your manager during review period you'd be interested in a secondment to the trading department or even get your foot in through participating in a special project between both your areas so you can meet more people & let them know you're interested?

    Previously, I wanted to leave my old company but my aspiration was middle management (yes, yes, yes) and found it was much easier to move to other firms at the same level than if I just wanted to move to another firm *and* a new area or position all at once.

    Keep all doors open. If you got to talk to the future manager at another firm rather than just a recruiter or whoever, it might be good to put them on your call list and give them a ring every quarter letting them know what new things you've done at your current firm and feeling out what the situation is like. Coffee (or lunch or drink, don't know what kind of industry you're in) works.
     
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    I had no idea people really used linkedin.


    Maybe that explains my dismal employment conditions? I had a profile but with little relevant in demand skills and buzzwords, it was pointless.
     
  20. imschatz

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    Ya, I think it depends where you work. My previous job/location, no one used LinkedIn. Half the people I worked with had no idea what it was. Where I am now, EVERYONE, uses it. To the point you have to be careful, or it quickly turns into your Facebook friends list.

    But ya .. it's not so much about the profile, then it is about the connections. It's a great tool for keeping in contact with old colleagues. I work in an industry where people change jobs/companies at will. I'd have a real hard time keeping track of who's gone where, if it wasn't for LinkedIn.


    Ya, an internal move would be easier. I went to the same school, same degree, as a bunch of the guys here. I have plans in the upcoming weeks to reach out to the analyst group. Got permission from my direct supervisor to do that this morning.
     
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