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What To Do When You're Done With LinkedIn




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!

Shapr...
  • 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.

AngelList...

  • 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.

Jumpstart...
  • 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.

Elpha...
  •  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.
Be-Yourself-O-Meter: 

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! 🙋🏾‍♀️

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