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Discussion on: How to Streamline Your Job Search as a Developer

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Nic Lake Author

While I'm not a hiring manager, I have been looped in on hiring people in the past.

LinkedIn is a tool, nothing more. By using the tool, you're going to broaden your visibility and your potential company/job pool. Like any social network, there are both pros and cons to utilizing it. For me, I will network with my peers, but I never use the service except when I am job searching.

If you have recruiters you can work with directly, awesome. If you are comfortable going old-school and applying for jobs directly, awesome. If you are ok with knowing that you're putting yourself at a disadvantage in some way by not using that tool, awesome. I totally understand protecting your digital privacy, and wouldn't dock you points for doing so - I'd just be concerned that your app may not make it onto my desk, is all.

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Alex Theobold

This is a really fair and balanced take, so thank you. You actually sum up really succinctly, the considerations I had before deleting my Linkedin. I think you are totally right that I may be putting myself at a disadvantage and that my application may never find its way to the right people but I suppose it is a personal decision that involves trade offs and compromise.

Ultimately, by stepping outside of the loop as it were, I have to make myself so hireable that I cannot be ignored and I believe that there are better ways (for me) to do that than through Linkedin.