Praying to god so the odds are in your favour is like shooting in the dark or more like applying for jobs on LinkedIn. The job board on LinkedIn is like a blackhole that sucks your credentials but never spits out anything in return except a cold email confirming your application. I’ve spent the last couple of years shooting in the dark like this with close to no hope of ever hearing back from any of the recruiters I ever reach out to. But once in a while, not too often, you get “lucky”. There’s no science to this. I landed my summer internship as a result of one such arrow shot in the dark which led me to an internship 5 interviews and 10 months later but in an industry and geography that I’d never worked before in. This felt extremely cool given that LinkedIn had chosen me of all the millions of users, for once!!!
It’s a fairly established fact that LinkedIn is the Mecca for modern day jobseekers. LinkedIn with such great responsibility, must have some recruiter etiquettes they should be trying to enforce. For instance, ensuring that all companies use just LinkedIn profiles to apply for jobs or necessitating companies to send out emails to rejected candidates saying they suck. If all power lies within the hands of recruiters, LinkedIn is adding very little value over recruitment through company websites. In my humble opinion, not taking ownership of this makes LinkedIn a lousy marketplace for jobs from the perspective of an applicant. At the same time, someone who is addicted to this gamble of landing interviews/ jobs through LinkedIn will keep at it and never provide LinkedIn with the necessary feedback to improve.
Update: What I love about blogging is that it initiates great conversations. A friend just told me that he had similar experiences with LinkedIn until he got a job in the Bay Area. Apparently, recruiters hit him up like once a week now and that’s the case with most of his friends with a job. Now, this is on the same lines as banks giving out loans to people who don’t need loans or all the men in the bar hitting on the woman who’s taken. Apparent need, which is easy to come off as desperation, is a sign of weakness as it puts the person you’re seeking from in a position of power. More practically, there’s a demand, supply and a processor mismatch in the case of jobs on LinkedIn, making it impossible for LinkedIn to be an effective marketplace for jobs.