LinkedIn improved job searching

LinkedIn improved job searching and we all are grateful.

Searching for jobs in the past had lots of issues. It was slow to update, kept showing jobs that had already been applied for, and awkward. The new version is an improvement in almost every aspect.

First, the responsiveness of using it is almost immediate. It doesn’t take 15/20 second for things to update. The jobs that you are not interested in do not come up as often as the old system. Most importantly the interface has been redesigned so it is more informative and intuitive.

LinkedIn improved job searchingWith the old system it was unclear about the details of the position. The new listening has more of the key information so that you can make a better decision. This is a great service for people who have slower computers and don’t always have the time to wait and click on every entry. One of the downsides of designers is that they take all the available space whenever they can. Rarely are web pages useful on small devices.

Yet the statistics and research show that more people than ever are accessing the web through mobile devices like smartphones. For many middle and lower-income people, using a smartphone is the main and only way they access the internet. So in a real sense webpages that aren’t optimized for smartphones are excluding the poor and most vulnerable people. When you are looking for a job, this magnifies the problem that the poor have. Most poor don’t have access to networks to help them gain resources, so hopefully LinkedIn is helping to narrow this gap.

One of the best parts of using LinkedIn to apply for jobs is that it keeps track of what jobs you apply for. It is difficult for many people to remember where they apply, and keeping track of where you apply is another hurdle that can make it difficult for people. I have been told by recruiters that when people apply twice for the same position possibly through different recruiters or agencies, then their resume gets thrown out. By helping people remember when they apply, they increase the chance that the person will get an in person interview.

For me, LinkedIn has given me opportunities I would not have otherwise had. It has been the single most effective website for job searching. My second choice would be indeed.com. Anything LinkedIn can do to help people is appreciated.

Stories from My Past: You have a virus

I was working at a company once and my phone rang. The caller ID said “Tech Support” and the voice said “This is Raul from Microsoft Tech Support. We have determined there is a virus on your computer. I will connect to it and fix the problem.” This was a surprise since I had never gotten this kind of scam call before.

However I wanted to see how this worked so I played along. “Oh no! Really? My computer has a virus. I don’t want to lose anything. What do I have to do?” I asked in a concerned voice.

“No problem I can help make things better,” Raul said. “We just need to connect to your computer and if you go to http://join.me and put in the number I give you, I can connect to your computer.”

Stories from My Past: You have a virusAt that point we got disconnected because my phone had been having issues that the outsourced VOIP was addressing. Immediately I got a call back from Raul and he didn’t miss a beat. “Lets continue to go to that site.”

I thought this is interesting. Even when he is disconnected he calls back. So I thought I would test this. I said “Sure just wait a second while I save my files.” Then I hung up on him. He called back and acted as though nothing had happened.

Then he said that their system said I might immediately lose files if he didn’t connect right now, my phone acted up and disconnected him again. I thought certainty he isn’t going to call back. He did!

At this point it had taken some time and I had people to help. I told Raul that I was tired of my junky computer and I was going to just throw it away and buy a Mac and I didn’t need his services. I hung up and he didn’t call back.

One of the things that gave this scam away is that when I was talking to him I could hear the other agents in the background. It was obvious they were working from a call center hoping to prey on people’s ignorance. What also was a tip-off is that it claimed to be from Microsoft. Microsoft has never called me. It was also a sign when the caller ID said something other than Microsoft. Finally no company is going to remotely monitor your machine for free and offer to fix it for a fee.

Scammers want your money, but you are too smart to fall for this.

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