As 2018 comes to a close, the only conclusion I can come to about LinkedIn is:

It’s like Instagram, for professionals.

Which is to say, it’s trash.


Update, 29 March 2109: That’s why I deleted my account a few months ago. And I don’t feel like I’m going to lose any valuable opportunities through it.

Where is the recruiter help?

Where are the recruiters who help their network “advance” a career? Or shift across disciplines?

No one stays in the same role forever. Especially in the tech sector.

I had to leave “employed” life to break free from being “just a programmer”, and still, I continue to get pinged for what I consider mid-level programming roles.
I’ve been programming for 20 years. I’m not interested. Was a recruiter ever going to ask what else I want to do?
(Well, sorry, too late. I’ve done it already, on my own. In the last 12 months I’ve now architected a business web-application platform, co-run a business and lead/manage/mentor overseas staff.)

If you’re a recruiter and want to stand out, help people move “up” or “sideways”, not just into the next dead-end, same-old-same-old job.

But then, that would require “cultivating” a network, getting to know people and staying in touch.

Trains going through a tunnel

In movies, a train going through a tunnel always seems to have carriage lights flicker on and off.

I don’t know why – every train I’ve been in the lights are always on (whether it’s daytime or night).

And what would cause a short in the power to make the lights flicker?
If the train is electric then why would going through a tunnel cause a short and flicker?
And if the train is diesel powered (as is, in fact, usually the case in the movies)… well, then I still ask the┬ásame question.

Stereotypes exist for a reason

A stereotype is just a label we apply to something – more appropriately, someone – we see that fits a well-known set of attributes of that label.

“Stereotype” is no different to other words like “classification”, “categorisation” or “breed” (for cats and dogs).

The only different is stereotypes generally apply to humans.

Attributes of a person’s stereotype might include how a person presents and defines themselves (clothing, skin colour, skin adornment, hair, speech, presentation of wealth, etc.), where they live, what they do for work, interests, activities they undertake, and so on.

Come to think of it, don’t these attributes also apply to “demographics”?

So I wonder, are stereotypes any different to demographics?


The problem with stereotypes is we often take it to be [and use it as] a negative connotation.

But negativity is just an opinion.

We’re don’t complain about demographics.

And we generally don’t complain that the likes of Facebook apply these same attributes to people for ad targeting?

Yet we don’t want to be stereotyped?

We are a fickle species.