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LinkedIn Skills Arms Race

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You’ve probably noticed over the last few weeks that there’s been something of a deluge of new skills appearing in people’s LinkedIn profiles.  These have been created as a way of rating people’s abilities in a particular field and have become something of a Facebook style ‘Like’. Although they don’t replace the ‘recommendations’ function they’re certainly a quicker, easier way of recommending someone.

As with most things, with LinkedIn you get out what you put in. Obviously it helps if the people you’re trying to engage/stalk/entrap are also using LinkedIn to a similar level but it can’t hurt having the casual user see that over 300 of your 400 connections recommend your ‘Invisibility’ skill.

There’s a near constant stream of people in my LinkedIn feed adding skills like there’s no tomorrow. At the same time I’m constantly made to feel guilty by the relentless emails letting me know someone else has endorsed a tenuous skill I’ve added and shouldn’t I really think about reciprocating?

LinkedIn has almost turned it into a game to endorse people. I got sucked into a 20 minute session of ‘Endorsement Roulette’ (I’m pretty certain I was trying to unlock an achievement). The problem being that you tend to get a lot of people endorsing you for skills they’ve never used you for, simply because they like or you’ve worked well in another area for them so why the hell not?

Whilst I still think these skill endorsements can be a useful resource, Christine (who also uses LinkedIn regularly) isn’t so keen on them, seeing it as a popularity contest rather than a hard fought badge earned. She may have a point. As more and more people add more and more skills does it devalue them? Also surely it’s at risk of ‘gaming’ by those lovely folk who seem to connect based on 6 degrees of separation? What do you think?

by Ross McMinn

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  1. LinkedIn is fast becoming the ‘Thinking Persons’ Facebook… Maybe soon it will be a fad that is best laid to rest and avoided…?

    Comment by Steve — July 3, 2018 @ 7:52 am

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