Who uses LinkedIn here?

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    Jan 24, 2012 4:52 AM GMT
    I would most likely connect with you if you don't spam me with garbage from your twitter ... or do another inappropriate LinkedIn shenanigans like friend request all of my connections, which are mostly frat bros.

    But how "gay" do you make your page?

    - Do you fess up to having been in the Gay-Straight Alliance at school?
    - Do you include your volunteerism with the Stonewall Democrats/Log Cabin Republicans etc.?
    - Do you list the HRC as a volunteer organization you support?
    - Do you out yourself in any other way, like if in a serious relationship is your photo with your mate like a facebook profile photo, or do you write that out somewhere on your page about being in a committed relationship with another guy?

    Or do you go incognito and make yourself as unobjectionable as possible with no personality whatsoever?

    I'm wearing purple in my profile photo. Not sure if that screams homo - or that I buy things that are on clearance aisle sales. But I like that photo of my face.

    I haven't done much "gay stuff" professionally besides walking in the AIDS Walk each year (this is my fifth year!) and briefly volunteering with an AIDS services organization on multi-jurisdictional prison-condom reform issues .. was never in the GSA at any of my schools, my frat was a real frat not one of the gay exclusive frats which would otherwise make it obvious, and things like that. I have struggled with trying to make my profile look open and warm to "the community" versus not being flamingly gay and likely to offend some inbred hick with mineral royalty money who would be willing to pay an exorbitant amount of money for my services in the near future.

    How do you handle it? How do you advise others to handle it?
  • johndubuque

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    Jan 24, 2012 5:21 AM GMT
    I just recently jointed LinkedIn, because a couple of people I know asked me to join.
    On the question of how out to be on it, I guess it depends on what you want to use it for. So far the people I'm linked to already know I'm gay, but I think it would be entirely appropriate to list the things you mentioned. That lets people know that you get involved and take action.
  • a303guy

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    Jan 24, 2012 5:31 AM GMT
    LinkedIn is NOT facebook or myspace, and i treat my account there accordingly. Its a professional networking site, my sexuality has nothing to do with me professionally. I would suggest you do the same!
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    Jan 24, 2012 5:34 AM GMT
    a303guy saidLinkedIn is NOT facebook or myspace, and i treat my account there accordingly. Its a professional networking site, my sexuality has nothing to do with me professionally. I would suggest you do the same!


    Exactly. There should never be any "shenanigans" on this site. I didn't even know LinkedIn was connected to Twitter. Thank god I don't use Twitter. And my sexuality has nothing to do with my professional career.

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    Jan 24, 2012 6:07 AM GMT
    I use it only for work really
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    Jan 24, 2012 6:11 AM GMT
    a303guy saidLinkedIn is NOT facebook or myspace, and i treat my account there accordingly. Its a professional networking site, my sexuality has nothing to do with me professionally. I would suggest you do the same!
    ^ This!
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    Jan 24, 2012 6:13 AM GMT
    LinkedIn to what?
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    Jan 24, 2012 6:19 AM GMT
    ConfederateGhost saidLinkedIn to what?
    It's like human centipede, but for professional peoplez.
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    Jan 24, 2012 6:24 AM GMT
    EastCoastNAZ said
    a303guy saidLinkedIn is NOT facebook or myspace, and i treat my account there accordingly. Its a professional networking site, my sexuality has nothing to do with me professionally. I would suggest you do the same!


    Exactly. There should never be any "shenanigans" on this site. I didn't even know LinkedIn was connected to Twitter. Thank god I don't use Twitter. And my sexuality has nothing to do with my professional career.



    I wasn't implying I write status updates like "omg he is so hot" but rather ... on the Reading List by Amazon app I have posted David Sedaris/Augusten Burroughs books; posted a link to my fundraising site for the AIDS Walk; and things like that, including a link to a homophobic debacle from the mayor of my former city.

    It would be tactless to call a303guy a closet-case sycophant, but I have networked with a lot of the leading gays in my industry from the limited amount of homo-ness I have on my page. Especially each year after the AIDS Walk when guys are like "Oh yeah, your face looks familiar ... "

    No adverse consequences yet .... not crucified. Yet.

    And not to be a dick but I have a lot of insulation from the elements from my skill-set + my frat bros + where I studied. Alumni community activate! Before writing something like that I wanted to have a wider range of opinion - but it seemed deeply offensive to me. I google/facebook/tumblr/twitter stalk anyone I hire or outsource things to, twinky and/or gay means muy bien likelihood of passing out your business card or recommending you online.

    I briefly tried to use LinkedIn as a dating site with a peer who was of questionable orientation. But after that blew up in my face I have transitioned back into it being an online resume/networking only kind of thing.
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    Jan 24, 2012 6:27 AM GMT
    xrichx said
    ConfederateGhost saidLinkedIn to what?
    It's like human centipede, but for professional peoplez.


    It's like facebook with less lying about your socioeconomic status, no poking, and your *private* messages don't get sold to Politico so Mark Zuckerberg can jerk off and cry himself to sleep on a pile of one dollar bills like the colossal repository of human trash he is.
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    Jan 24, 2012 6:27 AM GMT
    Whew...glad I asked first.


    xrichx said
    ConfederateGhost saidLinkedIn to what?
    It's like human centipede, but for professional peoplez.
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    Jan 24, 2012 6:28 AM GMT
    I'm sensing alot of angst and hostility. Quick, turn to the person closest to you and punch them!


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    xrichx said
    ConfederateGhost saidLinkedIn to what?
    It's like human centipede, but for professional peoplez.


    It's like facebook with less lying about your socioeconomic status, no poking, and your *private* messages don't get sold to Politico so Mark Zuckerberg can jerk off and cry himself to sleep on a pile of one dollar bills like the colossal repository of human trash he is.
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    Jan 24, 2012 6:31 AM GMT
    I use it only for professional purposes.
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    Jan 24, 2012 6:34 AM GMT
    ConfederateGhost saidI'm sensing alot of angst and hostility. Quick, turn to the person closest to you and punch them!


    spaghettimonster said
    xrichx said
    ConfederateGhost saidLinkedIn to what?
    It's like human centipede, but for professional peoplez.


    It's like facebook with less lying about your socioeconomic status, no poking, and your *private* messages don't get sold to Politico so Mark Zuckerberg can jerk off and cry himself to sleep on a pile of one dollar bills like the colossal repository of human trash he is.


    He completely ruined being Jewish, extremely entitled, well-educated, and being "from Boston" for me and two other people I am not related to. If I talk to anyone and they mention the Social Network film I am duty bound to block them.
  • a303guy

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    Jan 24, 2012 6:43 AM GMT
    spaghettimonster said
    EastCoastNAZ said
    a303guy saidLinkedIn is NOT facebook or myspace, and i treat my account there accordingly. Its a professional networking site, my sexuality has nothing to do with me professionally. I would suggest you do the same!


    Exactly. There should never be any "shenanigans" on this site. I didn't even know LinkedIn was connected to Twitter. Thank god I don't use Twitter. And my sexuality has nothing to do with my professional career.



    It would be tactless to call a303guy a closet-case sycophant, but I have networked with a lot of the leading gays in my industry from the limited amount of homo-ness I have on my page. Especially each year after the AIDS Walk when guys are like "Oh yeah, your face looks familiar ... "

    No adverse consequences yet .... not crucified. Yet.

    Very glad you chose to not go there with me. In my industry, my town, and my hobbies I am completely out, and have been for years, only the truly daft or those in denial wouldn't have figured it out by now. The point I was trying to make is that I do not wear my sexuality on my sleeve, professionally I've already lost too many dollars because of who and what I am to be willing to take even more unnecessary risks, risks such as making it a part of a LinkedIn profile, where full disclosure of things that have nothing to do with how well you actually do your job cloud the minds of those that might actually hire you.

    that you (evidently) work in an industry that apparently is immune to this sort of prejudice is very nice, but still exceedingly rare. My advice is to keep in mind that careers, job paths, management, and business philosophies are all in this day and age exceedingly fluid, and your proud posting of who and what you are, while admirable and brave, will most likely come back and bite you in the ass at the most inopportune time.



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    Jan 24, 2012 6:46 AM GMT
    There is very little personal stuff on my LinkedIn page; it is hooked up to my twitter feed though. But I never tweet/post any 'gay' shit anyway. And I've never been a member of anything gay either that would typically go on a resume. Nor will I ever.

    LinkedIn = professional stuff only

    (and the TripIt app)
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    Jan 24, 2012 6:48 AM GMT
    I'm just gonna nod my head like it makes sense, but it doesn't. I never saw Social Network.


    spaghettimonster saidHe completely ruined being Jewish, extremely entitled, well-educated, and being "from Boston" for me and two other people I am not related to. If I talk to anyone and they mention the Social Network film I am duty bound to block them.
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    Jan 24, 2012 6:59 AM GMT
    a303guy saidLinkedIn is NOT facebook or myspace, and i treat my account there accordingly. Its a professional networking site, my sexuality has nothing to do with me professionally. I would suggest you do the same!


    Spot on. I hire for a living and your linked in account is not your place to express yourself. It is a networking forum for professionals and employers. I advise college grads to keep it simple and minimize anything that could be misinterpreted. People use LinkedIn to decide if they should hire you/recommend you, not to find out all the different things you can do with a cucumber. In fact, I've been to a couple of conferences where there were debates about whether you should even include your face pic.
  • Cuchullain

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    Jan 24, 2012 10:03 AM GMT
    Let's say a potential employer passes you over because he thinks, judging by your LinkedIn profile, that you might be gay.

    You could look at that as an opportunity missed, or you could look at that as dodging a bullet.

    A lot depends on your age, location, industry, how employable you are, and whether or not you give a shit about integrity.
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    Jan 24, 2012 10:42 AM GMT
    Linked in is a resume, you should cater it towards the type of job you are looking for. Does volunteer work show off your skills needed to perform your job? If so then leave it on.

    But if a Harvard study is to be believed, you are better off keeping your resume gay free.

    http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/gay-rsum-not-okay/

    from the researchThey sent out two sets of fake résumés for 1,769 office or managerial job openings in seven states. One version of the résumé suggested that the applicant was gay. The other did not. Otherwise, they were all but identical. The results? The gay “applicant” was 40 percent less likely to get called in for an interview.


    They used gay associated volunteer work to distinguish the two. Sad but true.


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    Jan 24, 2012 1:14 PM GMT
    Stuttershock saidLinked in is a resume, you should cater it towards the type of job you are looking for. Does volunteer work show off your skills needed to perform your job? If so then leave it on.

    But if a Harvard study is to be believed, you are better off keeping your resume gay free.

    You don't have to be a closet-case sycophant to take note of data like this.
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    Jan 24, 2012 1:19 PM GMT
    a303guy saidLinkedIn is NOT facebook or myspace, and i treat my account there accordingly. Its a professional networking site, my sexuality has nothing to do with me professionally. I would suggest you do the same!

    I concur
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    Jan 24, 2012 2:28 PM GMT
    EastCoastNAZ said
    a303guy saidLinkedIn is NOT facebook or myspace, and i treat my account there accordingly. Its a professional networking site, my sexuality has nothing to do with me professionally. I would suggest you do the same!


    Exactly. There should never be any "shenanigans" on this site. I didn't even know LinkedIn was connected to Twitter. Thank god I don't use Twitter. And my sexuality has nothing to do with my professional career.



    Double agree...
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    Jan 24, 2012 2:39 PM GMT
    While I agree that one's sexuality has nothing to do with one's professional life, there are ways to take advantage of the gay professional networks on linkedin without being overt about it.

    For example, you can join the HRC group on linkedin (or any of a number of other gay groups) but you can hide it on your profile page. This way, random Joe Recruiter won't see it as one of your groups, but any recruiter who is a member of the same group will see you too are a member and like the saying goes, "every little bit helps".

    Also, these groups have areas where members can and do post jobs giving you first dibs at applying.

    My own profile is pretty standard/vanilla - a self summary, listed skills, work history, education, awards, certifications and interests. I have had success in being approached on linkedin by recruiters, but with all networks, you cannot just sit back and wait, you have to work it.

    Good luck mate!

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    Jan 24, 2012 3:04 PM GMT
    NYBeef saidWhile I agree that one's sexuality has nothing to do with one's professional life, there are ways to take advantage of the gay professional networks on linkedin without being overt about it.

    For example, you can join the HRC group on linkedin (or any of a number of other gay groups) but you can hide it on your profile page. This way, random Joe Recruiter won't see it as one of your groups, but any recruiter who is a member of the same group will see you too are a member and like the saying goes, "every little bit helps".

    Also, these groups have areas where members can and do post jobs giving you first dibs at applying.

    My own profile is pretty standard/vanilla - a self summary, listed skills, work history, education, awards, certifications and interests. I have had success in being approached on linkedin by recruiters, but with all networks, you cannot just sit back and wait, you have to work it.

    Good luck mate!



    Have you gotten any mileage out of the HRC group or any of the other kinds of gay groups? I am almost at my limit of groups for frat/alumni/honor society/"my field" kind of groups ... trying to make every group count. I think I can live with dropping one of the GPA based honor societies that doesn't really do anything for me to make room for something else.