I’ve been a LinkedIn member for several years now, in fact, I signed up on December 11th 2007 at 2:07 AM according to my profile dump. Which everyone is able to access, it’s interesting to look back and see what I spent my time doing. I remember using the question and answer section for the most part. It’s gone now but it was like Yahoo Answers, users could ask questions then those who reply would get badges and post flair depending on how helpful they were.
I remember using the site to build traffic to the forum I was running at the time. It looks like I used it up until early 2009 and thinking back that totally makes sense. In 2009 I was running a popular niche site and I was working for a company out of LA. Then I had my first child, very busy times indeed! I’d forgot about LinkedIn up until 2 months ago when I logged in on a whim and replied to a recruiter’s email. I’ve always had recruiters and headhunters contacting me about .NET, .ASP jobs and I just really don’t have any desire to go down that route again.
This time I replied back to a lady out of KC and long story short, I let her know that I needed to update my LinkedIn profile and resume if I was going to be serious about looking for a job.So fast forward 3 or 4 weeks, I’ve updated the profile, added several items that didn’t have a place before but do now, oh and I moved houses again and I’m having another baby!. So it’s been a busy few months this time around as well. I need to redo my resume but I’m pretty happy with the profile update right now. I rearrange my endorsements to reflect the job I’d really like to have and luckily enough I’ve had a few endorsement to help back them up. I did delete all or rather most of the .NET endorsements listed, lost 100’s of votes but why show it off if it’s not something I’ll be interested in doing in the future?.