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LinkedIn needs a concept of "unwilling expertise"...
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jducoeur
Oh, look -- I just got new endorsements on LinkedIn. That's nice.

Ah -- I've just been endorsed for Java. That's... special.

I'm really coming to think that this is one of the most annoying weaknesses of LinkedIn. Yes, I have a good deal of experience in Java, and it's worth having that on my resume in an "I have done this" sense. But I'm *not* willing to work in it any more, and I would dearly love Java-centric headhunters to stop emailing me. At the moment, my *deep* expertise is the Scala/Akka/Play stack -- that got driven home at the big Scala meetup the other day, where I wound up kibitzing the presentation a fair amount (the presenter was deeply knowledgeable in Play, but had less experience with Akka than me). I'm not one of the greatest experts in any one component of the stack, but I get the impression that I've gotten to the point of being deeper than average at how it all hangs together.

But of course, none of my LinkedIn contacts have worked with me in the Typesafe stack, and few even know much about it, so they're not going to endorse me for it. So I wind up, due to the endorsements, looking strongest in the skills that I am least interested in working in again.

(Yes, I know -- I'm probably pretty unusual in the way I try to turn over my skill set completely every 5-10 years. But at the high end of the programming biz, that's just plain necessary for survival...)

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Also kind of an unusual circumstance in that you have lots of experience working with a network of other people - and now you've switched to a new set of technologies while simultaneously switching to working more or less alone.

I think that LinkedIn works less well for those who do not have co-workers. I suppose you could start actively cultivating a LinkedIn network amongst your Typesafe connections. Maybe some of those people at the meet-up would endorse you for Akka.

I'm not certain that I agree that Linked In works less well for those without co-workers as most of my connections are *not* my co-workers, and none of my endorsements come from co-workers. However, they do come from people I have volunteered with and met through academia. (I work in a hospital.)

Actually the idea of changing skill sets every 5-10 years is pretty average. In today's job market it is actually encouraged and expected that you do that.

For younger generations, they Y, Millinials, whatever comes next... they expect to do so every 5 years, including find a new job. At this point, the headhunter I work with in NYC says if someone has been in a job (notice I don't say company) for more than 5 years, they are considered stagnant and are less likely to find work.

So, keep doing what you're doing. You never know where your skills will land you.

Hmm. If so, then LinkedIn really should be adjusting for that. At the least, there needs to be some way of distinguishing "this is what I've done" from "this is what I'm currently doing"...

Endorsements are worse than useless; distracting noise. I've gotten endorsements in skills I never had from people I never worked with...and of course a huge lack of them for my current job skills, as current coworkers have no real incentive to expand my LI profile.

GIGO, and I hope not to encounter people making hiring decisions based on them.

Haven't received any endorsements [yet], but I haven't had a LinkedIn account for very long, and the first recruitment message that I received was looking for a Senior Java Engineer.

My experience in Java is mostly in passing; I can read it, I can troubleshoot it, but I don't write it.

I've got an half-finished essay on the uselessness of LinkedIn endorsements, and how I will never use linked ins feature to endorse anyone (that I like and respect).

I've been endorsed for things I've never done, haven't done in 15 years, or I've expressed active distaste for. They're amazingly useless.

I seem to remember having to accept endorsements on LI recently. Looking at my profile, there is a way to manage endorsements and choose not to show all of them, so there may be a way to choose to show only the ones you want.

At least you don't keep getting endorsements from a dude you were once not-dating who is trying Way Too Hard to get your attention. Seriously, this is a thing that is happening. At least they are for things I actually have skills in.

I have not had the energy yet to frame the conversation regarding how he needs to stop this and other related behaviors. It makes me wonder how many other women have to deal with crap like that. I don't even know how to "unfriend" someone on LI, I've never yet tried.

On a different tangent, I feel your "not interested" pain as nearly all of my endorsements are for things related to fundraising/development.

When I got an unsolicited endorsement "nomination" -- that is, an endorsement for a skill I hadn't listed -- I had to approve it. Has that changed?

(And now it's climbing reasonably high in the list. While I wouldn't have thought to list "testing", and I've never officially been a QA person, I do seem to have a good sense of methodologies there and tend to have useful things to say about test plans. So probably I'm being endorsed for developer-level clues rather than formal QA-style testing, but the endorsements just aren't that granular.)

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