As I go through my job search I’m starting to realize there is one major flaw with LinkedIn: lack of true connections. Think about it. If I were to ask you to introduce me to one of your 1st Connections (assuming you know me personally and would be willing to make an intro), how many would you feel comfortable introducing me to?
I think we can all agree that the first place one should turn when looking for a job is your network, and LinkedIn is the go-to initial starting place. When you look through jobs on LinkedIn you are shown who you are connected to within that company, both 1st and 2nd degrees. You are encouraged to reach out to these connections to attempt to increase your chances of landing an interview. But, does it do any good if you have no true connection with these people?
This also begs the question: do you only make intros to people you know personally (online of offline), or do you feel comfortable connecting people to any of your connections regardless of whether or not you know them?