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Hello blogosphere.  Rachael here. As A J Consultants’ main source of research, I use Linked-In on a daily basis to accomplish many aspects of my position.  Although I use many different resources to successfully do my job, Linked-In is a valuable one. Because of my profession, I view Linked-In differently than others might.  I use it as part of my job.

Here are a few things I believe could improve Linked-In:

 

Search Options

 *This may seem like a small detail, but it can really make a difference when trying to search in a very specific area.  Linked-In’s parameters of search are as follows: 10, 25, 35, 50, 75, & 100 miles.  Why can’t I search 15 miles out, or 20, or even 29.5 ?  I do not understand why this aspect of searching has to be so limited.  When I am searching for a potential candidate, sometimes 25 miles would be too far, while 10 is not far enough.

* I believe that everyone should have to put in an exact zip code.  There is nothing more frustrating than trying to find people in a specific area/ city, and coming up with profiles that say the person lives in the “NYC Area,” or simply “New York.”  This setup of a profile makes it more difficult to get in contact with a potential candidate.  I understand that some people may do this for privacy reasons, but for those who are open to job opportunities that may come along, I would suggest posting your location on your profile.

 

Requiring an Email to Connect

*If a few people decide not to become a connection to you after being invited, the site then requires you to enter a person’s email before being able to ask them to connect.  I do not understand why this feature is necessary.  If I ask you to become a connection and you do not wish to, a simple click will tell me so.  Having to put in emails is not only a pain in the you-know-what, it is also impractical in my opinion.  For instance, there are old friends from high school who I would like to invite on Linked-In, but I cannot because I do not have their email addresses. Since when does knowing someone’s email prove that you know them?

In this next section, I want to talk about what I think people can do in order to make Linked-In better.  (Obviously, this is strictly my opinion.)

 

Reveal Who You Are

*Let me explain this semi-strange heading.  What I mean by, “reveal who you are” is this.  Some people on Linked-In do not provide enough information about themselves.  They do not list their job title, past experience (work related or otherwise), and sometimes people do not even list their full names.  If you are using Linked-In as a way to be found, whether it be to connect with an old colleague or friend, be introduced to job opportunities, or to make new connections, make yourself accessible.

 

Constant Postings

*We’ve all seen these people.  The ones who post 10 things in a row and take over your news-feed.  As mentioned above, if you want to be noticed there is a wrong way and a right way to go about doing so.  Posting what you had for breakfast on your page is not going to get you the attention you are craving.  Many people will block your posts out of frustration.  Post about important things.  Talk to your friends about your eating habits.

 

Linked-In is not the only way in which our firm finds people to connect with, but it is certainly an important one.  Linked-In’s value outweighs its drawbacks.  It is a very efficient and helpful tool for anyone in the professional world.

If you have any pros/ cons/ ideas about Linked-In to add, (or if you completely disagree with anything/ everything I’ve written) please comment below and let me know what you think! Thanks for reading, and Let’s Talk! – Rachael

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 Our Predictions for 2013 : 

As probably expected, our first prediction is that there will be more mergers and acquisitions in the new year.  This is due to regulatory reasons as well as the overall banking market.  Some banks are improving, while others simply are not. 

 

The use of recruiting services by banking institutions will increase. We believe this is true because of what we have been experiencing.  Job sites are posting more and more bank openings, and we have been receiving new job orders consistently; through the holidays up until now.  

 

Credit job openings will continue to dominate.  As we mentioned in an earlier posting, operational and credit risk positions were our most requested position searches in 2012, and we expect this trend to continue.  Credit analysts, workout, accounting positions… and basically all positions in the credit world are in high demand. 

 

Last, but not least, we predict to be surprised.  Some banks that were down & out in the beginning of 2012 turned things around and were even profitable by the end of the year.  In short, we expect some banks to do the unexpected. 

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