The Twitter handle @BestofLinkedIn was created for the sole purpose of mocking the self-serving and self-aggrandizing posts people put on LinkedIn. Some of them are truly cringe-worthy. Whatever you do, make sure your own LinkedIn posts never wind up there.
LinkedIn is a fantastic social network for job-hunting, recruiting, seeking out sales leads, or general networking. But in recent years it’s become something else too: a place for executives with inflated egos to post self-aggrandizing nonsense that could set your teeth on edge.
He longed for some straight talk on the platform. “I just wish someone had the balls to say, ‘This didn’t ever happen, your six-year-old never said this, this movie scene wasn’t created as an analogy for how you run your business.’ You can’t call anybody out.” So Hickey decided to do the calling out himself on Twitter, a social network not known for its excess of courtesy. He created the handle @BestofLinkedIn and began posting images of the most egregiously self-aggrandizing LinkedIn posts, with the author’s name blacked out. The idea caught on, he says, and now he receives about a dozen tips a day from other people who hate self-important LinkedIn puffery as much as Hickey does.
1. Don’t brag about your own bad hiring practices.
Smart job candidates use LinkedIn to learn about their potential employers. Would you apply for a job with this guy?
2. Don’t make stuff up.
Or if you do, make it sound somewhat plausible.
3. In particular, don’t make stuff up that your child supposedly said.
At least spend a few minutes with a child so you have some idea of how they actually talk.
4. You just can’t put a positive spin on some things.
But you can make yourself look silly by trying.
5. Relax. You’re not that important.
Are you worried that thousands of people are waiting impatiently for your next post? They probably aren’t.