LinkedIn: What Are the Odds of Actually Getting a Job?

I read through all the web links and I’m not convinced of LinkedIn’s actual practicality. I get the impression that there’s a good reason that only 40% of users use the site daily. If being on LinkedIn got consistent results, then it seems like everyone would use it. If making a LinkedIn profile actually got people recommendations and jobs on a regular basis, then any alternative to it would be outmoded. But I feel like there’s no way that the site works for most people.

If I saw some objective evidence that it works well, then that would obviously work to change my opinion. But I haven’t seen any. I don’t really care what percentage of recruiters use LinkedIn as a recruiting tool. I want to know how many people on LinkedIn actually get a good job offer on the site. That’s the entire point, isn’t it? Where is that number?

It’s entirely possible that I’m misunderstanding the term “recruiter,” but I imagine it’s a person specifically paid to search out potential employees. I feel like such a person would be uncommon. From what I understand, we’re in an employer’s job market. There are more people looking for jobs than there are jobs. So, in theory, employers would already have plenty of applicants. Why pay somebody to go find more?

The main exceptions to this that I can think of would seem like odd cases to me. Either the potential employers are virtually unknown and didn’t receive enough applicants or all the applicants for a job just weren’t qualified. I’m not saying that it can’t happen; it probably happens hundreds of times a day. But I think that these cases are in the minority. I think that most employers simply post job ads on their own website and they wait for the positions to be filled.