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What To Do When You're Done With LinkedIn [2021 Version]

You use LinkedIn because it's the biggest 'job networking' site on the internet.

If you want a site that accepts multifaceted, interesting people, don't look there, look elsewhere:

Twitter!

Twitter has...

  • Great blocking and muting tools, from words to people.
  • Lists to organize and sort.
  • The ability to log into multiple Twitter accounts at once.
  • Newsletter options, for us verbose people.

You may be thinking "Twitter? But it's so..." casual? Genuine? That's what makes it great. For people like me who grew up in a wilder internet and find LI's culture stuffy (and racist, oop), Twitter ... can be just as racist, but at least you can call it out without repercussion. 



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.

Canvas. I still consider myself a new grad - It's what happens when you freelance out of necessity rather than choice right out of college.

Canvas...
  • 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. It seems to have been cleaned up since this was written in 2020.

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: 


By the way - You can find me on each of these sites. Come say hi! 🙋🏾‍♀️

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