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Thursday, August 18, 2022

He got a job via LinkedIn—Major League player

Having long been interested in the real estate business, Garrett had gotten his real estate license in 2018 and 2019, and in 2020 began what he thought would be his new career.

“I was doing well,” Garrett said. “I had sold several houses, some to buddies, some to investors. I was doing pretty well.”

Still, Garrett couldn’t help but think he still had something to offer the game of baseball.

So he signed with an independent league for the next year. He had joined LinkedIn when he first got his real estate license because he heard it could be important for business.

“I was about to delete LinkedIn, two weeks before I got [a] message,” Garrett said. “There was an old video coordinator from the Gulf Coast League, my first year of pro ball. He reached out and said, ‘Hey, glad to see you doing real estate.’ I said, ‘Hey, do you know anybody that needs an outfielder? I feel like I can still compete at Double-A or above.’ He said, ‘No, but let me ask around.’ We had an [former] Marlins guy in the front office with the Diamondbacks, Brett West. Two days later I was signed to come to Spring Training. It’s pretty crazy.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 18, 2022 at 02:44 PM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Zach Posted: August 18, 2022 at 07:01 PM (#6092198)
I'm glad to see it works for somebody.
   2. Cooper Nielson Posted: August 18, 2022 at 10:34 PM (#6092221)
I've been "about to delete LinkedIn" for 12 years but it seems not worth the effort (and will probably somehow place me on several new LinkedIn mailing lists). The only reason I opened an account was because I was applying for a job at... LinkedIn.
   3. Walt Davis Posted: August 18, 2022 at 11:37 PM (#6092230)
Read somebody the other day pointing out that when it started, LinkedIn was a perfectly fine way to keep in touch with current/old workmates or connect to people in your field a little bit. Then it trasnformed into this executive/CEO/manager self-promotion vehicle which is just annoying. When I retired, I tried to "retire" from it too but it doesn't seem to have worked. Meanwhile I seem to have somehow lost the password for the site I used to keep track of job openings (or at least the one Google remembers doesn't work anymore) so I'm still getting daily job ads. This will doubtless be going on long afer I'm dead -- and I'm sure Jim can set up a bot to recycle my old posts, randomly replacing old player names with new ones .... that's really all I do here anyway.
   4. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: August 19, 2022 at 12:50 AM (#6092236)
I'm sure Jim can set up a bot to recycle my old posts, randomly replacing old player names with new ones
Hopefully you’ve got a good amount of time left, because I assume we don’t yet have the computing power to aggregate and process all of your posts ;).
   5. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: August 19, 2022 at 07:16 AM (#6092240)
I've recently been going through a midlife career change (goodbye newsroom, hello courtroom), and for the first time have really had to engage with the modern hiring process. What really kind of boggles my mind is to go on like governmentjobs.com or whatever and see listed, along with all the civil engineers and office managers and wateve, "Agent -- Federal Bureau of Investigation. Location: Quantico, Virginia. Full time. This job cannot be performed remotely."

It never dawned on me before that the FBI would put up job listings, but I guess why wouldn't they? Though I do find it amusing that the list of requirements includes "college degree" and "ability to work with a team," as though it were just some paper salesman gig.
   6. Ron J Posted: August 19, 2022 at 07:39 AM (#6092242)
#5 I get semi-regular job posting (from an unkillable job app) from CSIS. No exact parallel in the US, but NSA might be closest.

I've never applied because I've heard about the interview process and I figure its likely posts I've made about the surveillance state will come up. I don't exactly regret what I've said, but I think they'd be awkward in that particular conversation. Well that and I have no desire to be part of the surveillance state.
   7. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: August 19, 2022 at 08:41 AM (#6092243)
I think this is the first time in history that LinkedIn actually got somebody a job.
   8. McCoy Posted: August 19, 2022 at 09:04 AM (#6092246)
Recruiters and such have reached out to me via LinkedIn. I've done interviews with them but never accepted a job from a recruiter.


I've applied for jobs via LinkedIn but didn't get any that way.
   9. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: August 19, 2022 at 11:42 AM (#6092264)
I find Linkedin to be reasonably useful -- have connected with a few potential clients on there or using info I was able to glean from it.

I also get a fair number of messages from headhunters (and from job seekers who want to work at my firm) but the signal to noise ratio is pretty low. I did apply for a few jobs via LinkedIn but didn't get them. I later learned that my resume was formatted in a way that the automated resume readers wouldn't have been able to parse it properly.
   10. jmurph Posted: August 19, 2022 at 11:58 AM (#6092269)
Yeah I know lots of people that find future employees through LinkedIn, and lots of people who find jobs that way (meaning that's the initial contact, I don't mean applying through LinkedIn- as others have said that seems to be a bit of a mess). Multiple industries, multiple locations.

I definitely get the thing Walt mentions in post 3, there's a lot of executive types auditioning to be the next work culture guru through their (presumably ghost-written) posts, but you just have to scroll by that stuff.
   11. Zach Posted: August 19, 2022 at 04:19 PM (#6092281)
I later learned that my resume was formatted in a way that the automated resume readers wouldn't have been able to parse it properly.

Automated resume readers are the worst.

"What we need is a technology that ignores very good candidates and delivers a long list of terrible ones!"
   12. Hombre Brotani Posted: August 19, 2022 at 04:47 PM (#6092284)
Garrett is 4-8 in his first two games, with three doubles. Linked-In needs to put his face on all the ads.
   13. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: August 19, 2022 at 05:20 PM (#6092289)
#11 yes or at least they should tell you that the resumes are being filtered by an algorithm and need to be in a certain format.

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