You use LinkedIn because it's the biggest 'job networking' site on the internet.
Can you be yourself on the website? If you're a constantly positive person who never has any struggles and doesn't need a job or a sale, then they will welcome you with open arms!
Otherwise, you don't have a prayer in getting hired, finding clients, or making money.
People are multifaceted, and LinkedIn doesn't welcomes that. Here are some places that might.
Shapr is very quick and card-based. It operates like one of those dating apps - You pick who you want to deal with. I appreciate the start. There's far less pressure to 'provide value' or whatever the buzzword of the day is. Just talk!
- Has a few words to describe a person. Not here to overload you with information, or browbeat you about how someone is 'detail oriented'.
- Is not quite active. Good for meeting people for casual talks (which can be remote or in person during non-pandemic times).
- Accepts that I do not want to meet people in my city. I appreciate that.
Be Yourself-O-Meter: A lot! The jumping off points jump into your personal values and life.
AngelList is for people chasing the start-up life. Employers also post remote jobs.
- More tech oriented, though you can find a few silly topics.
- A bit slow. There are far less comments and far less repeated posts than one would expect.
- Start-up oriented as well. The built-in job seeking platform has a variety of options that make it easy to connect with a recruiter.
Be Yourself-O-Meter: Fairly.
Jumpstart. I still consider myself a new grad - It's what happens when you freelance out of necessity rather than choice right out of college.
- Encourages Brevity. Get to the point!
- Has simple, casual forums. People can ask their questions and respond casually. No need to always be on ceremony.
- Has a nice, simple interface.
It is one of the rare sites that includes Computer Networking as a field to categorize yourself in. With a boom in things like Data Science, Programming, and *quickly searches buzzwords* Agile, it's easy to feel forgotten. Though, there do not seem to be any cloud options.
Be Yourself-O-Meter: So far, reasonably good. There's a growing segment of users with uneducated opinions about diversity in tech - and unfortunately, they're anonymous.
Elpha is woman and female-identifying people navigating the wide workspace, from corporate companies, to venturing out, startups, and everything in between.
- Has a nice, clean design.
- Openly encourages people to talk about issues that may be arising at work, from sexism to racism, and what could be done.
- Site owners often get involved with the community to advertise projects on social media pages.
Another one I want to try is Handshake, but I'm waiting for my account to go through.
By the way - You can find me on each of these sites. Come say hi! 🙋🏾♀️