C'mon LinkedIn…bring your A-Game already…

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Anyone else getting inundated with LinkedIn invitations lately?

I am.  Hundreds every night.  I'm a friendly gal, but not that friendly.  Oddly enough all these invites appear to be from “Human Resources”.  From all over the world.   Who knew I had such an incredible international presence? (I'm being sarcastic here…)

Yes, “Human Resources” profiles from all over want to connect.  The profiles are pretty much empty.  Sometimes there's an effort to list some education, which is startling that so many people from top notch universities can fill in their education but not where they work?!  And they've taken the time to join 50 groups.  Hmmm.

Often these profiles have a couple hundred or so connections.  I'm guessing it's all their “Human Resources” counterparts.  And those people that aren't as cynical as me.

But wait.  It gets better.  Then there are profiles like these:

Twinsies! I'll be damned, two HR pro's that

look exactly like but live in different areas…that's a doppelganger phenom right?  Yeah, I don't think so.

Seems like LinkedIn is in need of some quality control.  I pay to play guys.  And I champion your site.  Google has this feature where you can drag and drop an image to search on it…I'm thinking there's some kind of programming magic you can work to gather up all the profiles with duplicate avatars.  Or better yet, it's like playing memory with a 5 year old.  Put up a big ol' screen and start running these profile pictures to see how many matches we can get!

I'd help you out, but see there's this problem.  I can accept invites en masse, as well as ignore en masse but for some strange reason you want me to report spam individually.  Let me say this again.  I'm getting hundreds of these.  Hundreds.

And we won't even get into the discussion if I'm getting hundreds, how many are there out there? What does that do to the volume of the LinkedIn membership number?

It's time for some quality control.  Stat.

**Update: Quick and easy way to kill the spam? Change the email you login with and adjust your settings to refuse introductions.  Did this for 24 hours and it stopped the spam in its tracks.

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Kelly Dingee
Kelly Dingee is a Strategic Recruiting Manager for Staffing Advisors. She has extensive sourcing experience having worked for AIRS, as a Sourcing Researcher/Technical Writer, performed contract sourcing for Thales Communications, Inc., and got hers start in the profession while a full life cycle recruiter at Acterna (now known as JDSU).  Lucky for Kelly, she had a boss who could see the potential of sourcing candidates from the web, and in 1998, she stepped into a newly created sourcing role. No truth to the rumor that she has a side business to help you push your resume to the top of Google search results...

4 Comments

  1. Kes Thygesen says:

    Thanks for sharing your troubles, Kelly. And it’s rightfully so that LinkedIn should be called into account in this situation, as I’m sure they have plenty that can be done to ensure things like HR spammers don’t happen. But I’m wondering if there’s another problem at hand involving our HR reps today. Do they really understand LinkedIn or social recruiting in general? Are they forgetting how to generate GOOD job leads? What do you think?

  2. David Hall says:

    A lot of these bogus profiles are posting generic jobs all over various groups too. I was stalking a discussion about this the other day and according to one of the group owns this is a link bait scam to lure people to click links to grow site traffic. Who knew?

  3. Gretchen Lindlau says:

    I agree with the commentary above, but have additional info to add: 1. Some fake requests are just fronts to promote gambling websites. 2. The content of the fake people gets more sophisticated over time. They now match industry type to the business they claim to work for. This used to be my go-to test to verify the legitimacy of the request.

    The result is that I no longer look forward to perusing a new connection request’s profile, but automatically assume that the request is spam.

  4. kelly dingee says:

    Gretchen – I’m with you. I’m looking at names (gee did they use all lower case?)…job (human resources? who calls themselves “human resources”?) and experience/graduation. Usually the number of connections is an indicator too.

    Real people know you have to put your best foot forward in networking – a personalized message referencing a group, shared interest, former employer or just a good reason to connect – will always be winning.

    K.

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