Wednesday, October 17, 2012

LinkedIn Wisdom, All Those New Features

This morning I decided to explore the new endorsement feature on LinkedIn a little more deeply.  When you place your cursor over one of the keywords on your LinkedIn profile just below the heading of Skills & Expertise, a window will appear.  Where this comes from I don’t know. That’s why I was exploring to understand the significance of the window.  Here is an example of one of the keywords many kind people have endorsed for me on my LinkedIn profile and the data that came up in the window that LinkedIn provided.

Recruiting-3.0%y/y

STAFFING AND RECRUITING - Recruitment refers to the process of attracting, screening, and selecting a qualified person for a…
According to some measuring scale LinkedIn is using, Recruiting is on the downward slide.  I’ll have to tell the clients who have engaged me to fill security jobs and IT risk management jobs that they’ve asked me to do work that is on the downward slide.

I went deeper and tested a few of my other keywords such as Cyber Security Recruiting, Corporate Security Recruiting, etc.  According to LinkedIn:
This is not a standardized skill or area of expertise.

Am I supposed to feel bad or somehow inadequate because I have worked hard to develop skills that are not standardized skills or areas of expertise?
Not a chance!

If everybody is doing it, there is a very good chance that whatever it is, I’m not interested because it doesn’t carry the value that comes from having a rare skill.
Hold on, just in…LinkedIn approves of one of my skills.  I’m going to be okay! 

Resume Writing16.0%y/y

STAFFING AND RECRUITING - A résumé (pronounced or ; ; sometimes spelled resume) is a document used by individuals…
Now that I know I’m doing something that someone at LinkedIn approves of, I can carry on with my day.

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