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Ask DN: Do Designers use Linkedin?

6 years ago from

Im starting my job search next week, and I'm wondering if Linkedin is a necessity. I have a bias again their practices (e.g. emailing peoples full contact list) but I'm seeing it everywhere.

So do you have a Linkedin? If so, did it help you get a job?

12 comments

  • Todd FTodd F, 6 years ago

    Depends on where you are in your career. If you're desperate for work, you can get on their and have recruiters pimp you to companies whose previous designers ran off because they hated working there. The recruiters really don't give a shit about you or what would be best for you, they just get paid for selling you. As long as you understand that going in, you can make your own decisions. When you've been around for awhile, you understand that nothing truly good is going to come from LinkedIn. For that, you have to really know real actual people who trust you. I say this as a jaded old cynic who has worked in the tech bubble of Silly Valley for 19yrs.

    14 points
    • J F, 6 years ago (edited 6 years ago )

      Thanks for your candid response

      This is my fear, Im leaving the world of consulting and they have similar practices (sell sell sell). Maybe ill hold off for a couple of weeks.

      1 point
      • Thompson GeorgeThompson George, 6 years ago

        Todd hit the nail on the head.

        If I were you I would make one just to start establishing a network of past co-workers, clients, managers etc. Then I would type a canned response for recruiters that message you about opportunities you're not interested in.

        I can't speak for everyone, but I only get a recruiter message about once a month or so. It only takes a few seconds to reply, not that you are even obligated to.

        This day in age LinkedIn is similar to Walmart. Many don't want to participate, but are obligated to because of it's marketshare.

        2 points
  • Marcello MansoMarcello Manso, 6 years ago

    Just throwing out another point of view here: I'm a senior product designer in the bay area, and at some point I decided I should follow my dreams and work for a company that I always admired.

    I had a nice portfolio up, but I didn't know anybody there. I cold-messaged a recruiter on Linkedin, introducing me and my work, and got the job that I wanted. Last month.

    If it wasn't for Linkedin, it wouldn't have happened.

    3 points
    • J F, 6 years ago

      Thanks for you story, this made me sign up, (but turn off all notifications)

      3 points
  • cliff nowickicliff nowicki, 6 years ago

    Yes and Yes. Having a LinkedIn is essentially having a searchable resume online for all to see. Sure a ton of people that contact you are recruiters, but at the same time internal recruiters are scanning the pages as well that could lead to something.

    3 points
  • Sean LesterSean Lester, 6 years ago

    Yes and yes - LinkedIn is 100% why I work at Match.com, and via connections with other designers not recruiters. Since starting at Match, though, I get hit up by recruiters alllll theeee tiiiiiiiime

    3 points
  • Julie RobertsJulie Roberts, 6 years ago

    yes, I have one, but no, it did not help me get a job. I do use it if I want to see if I have a designer friend that works at or knows someone at [insert company here].

    2 points
  • Maurice CherryMaurice Cherry, 6 years ago

    Yes. Didn't help me get a job (since I own my own business), but it's a good professional synopsis for people who want to hire me as a consultant, ask me to speak at a conference, etc.

    2 points
  • Thompson GeorgeThompson George, 6 years ago

    Yes and probably.

    2 points
  • Matias FerreroMatias Ferrero, 6 years ago

    Yes and yes. As some have already mentioned, once you are on LinkedIn, recruiters start sending you spammy emails and it's easy to get annoyed at them. I have been very lucky to get a new gig (starting in November) through one of those "amazing opportunities". I would say that it helps to build a professional network and from time to time, to reach out for people that otherwise you would not have had the chance to talk to.

    1 point
  • Tropical HoochTropical Hooch, 6 years ago

    Yes. get one. you should avail yourself to every possible option. Sure there are ton of recruiters that don't care about you at all, but so what? If 1 good thing comes from it, it's worth it.

    I've gotten my last 2 jobs through being contacted on linkedIn and they've been great. There is no shame in that.

    1 point