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My response to another annoying News.com.au article on LinkedIn

Feel free to read the article.

http://www.news.com.au/technology/biztech/the-dos-and-donts-of-linkedin-how-not-to-make-it-awkward/story-fn5lic6c-1226560691515

Ok… I wanted to put together something highly intelligent but to be brutally honest, my brain is yet to recover from 6 weeks of honeymooning extravaganzas which included close to 10 days in Vegas, and 11 nights in an all-inclusive hotel in Playa del Carmen, Mexico… So I am just gonna answer the questions the news.com.au posts.

  • Is it appropriate to recommend your boss for key skills? Yes, why would this be an issue, you work with them and if they are good at what they do, it is a simple click of a button to recommend them. If you don’t think they are good at any of the skills that are shown, don’t recommend.
  • And what if someone you work with asks for a recommendation? What if you secretly think they’re rubbish at their job? LinkedIn contacts should only ask for recommendations from those who they have worked with or for. If you don’t rate someone, you just ignore the request, or if you are like me, message them saying you don’t feel comfortable recommending them.
  • Do you send a courtesy email when somebody adds you? Not an email, I usually reply back to the person saying thanks for adding me and I hope we can stay in touch and assist one another in the near future.
  • And oh-dear-god I forgot to log out before looking at a competitor’s profile so now they probably think I’m some kind of weird stalker – this isn’t a question, but you should really just slap yourself for this comment… This is a public website, where people knowingly put their details online to share with others. I’ve made numerous contacts on LinkedIn via the “Stalking” method. As a Recruiter, I’ve placed the majority of my candidates via LinkedIn. Staying logged in to LinkedIn whilst viewing profiles enables you to have a conversation with the person you are checking out, without it feeling too weird. For those who want to go into complete stalker mode, you don’t have to log out, you can simply set your profile to being private via the settings panel.

stalker meme

  • Sydney-based marketing manager Michael (not his real name) told news.com.au that he asked some of his colleagues for a LinkedIn recommendation after quitting his job but forgot to change the email address his LinkedIn notifications were sent to –  Michael is an idiot, and should have an external email setup specifically for his LinkedIn account. You have the option to add multiple email addresses to your LinkedIn account just in case your account gets hacked, if you forget your password, or so you can find contacts listed within those various accounts.
  • “Funnily enough the same manager has tried connecting with me since which I find very amusing,” he said.
    The above is still from Michael, who based on his comments is 15 and has left his marketing role at the local Maccas. You should always try to leave your employer without burning bridges. I wonder if he connected with the manager. I would have made a point to connect and catch up with them for a coffee or a beer to ensure that we are on good terms.So, what are you going to take away from my rebuttal? Something I hope… 

Happy new year all!

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Sydney’s shocking girl gangs brawl it out on video

I saw this in the paper today and laughed… http://www.news.com.au/national/sydneys-shocking-girl-gangs-brawl-it-out-on-video/story-e6frfkvr-1226140020471 . This wasn’t a laugh of excitement, or joy, but utter shock. This is the future of our society!

I remember being in high school and staying away from the violence. I remember seeing guys chased down the streets with machetes, hearing about fights being organised, and seeing people I would have called friends getting seriously hurt or injured as part of this.

Back then it was about Gang Pride, wearing a colour or being of a certain ethnicity and having issues with other ethnicities. It felt like it was always between the Asian or Middle Eastern groups. This evolved to also include the Islanders (Tongans/Kiwis/Samoans).

None of this ever impacted me directly, although the things I saw and stories I heard still stick with me to this day.

The interesting thing that I remember is that the violence never involved females!

Watching this video made me sick to my stomach. The girls being photographed look ridiculous. I’d have loved to be at the photo shoot to hear the advice that was being given. These girls think that they are on the streets of South Central LA.

These girls have fights to join a gang. What the hell is the point of joining a gang? Get your ass to school and study. Being part of a bunch of girls who beat up other girls as part of an initiation rite is ludicrous. How does this serve to benefit you? What’s it going to take for you idiots to wake up?

This stuff seems to be running rampant in the streets of Inner Western Sydney, along with the Western Suburbs. Wasn’t it but 18 months ago when 2 girls under the age of 18 bashed and (if I remember correctly) killed a taxi driver? WTF!?!?

I’ve seen people like this before. I’ve had mates who are 2Pac wannabes in public, then attend church on a Sunday with their family and act all innocent. I’d love to see if these girls do the same. What would their Parish Priest say? Actually, let’s get the Religious aspect out of this, what the hell do the schools have to say about this?

There was a teacher ranking system that was in the news 6 to 12 months back that allowed students to rate their teachers. I’m surprised that there isn’t a Board of Education database that tracks the marks and infringements of all the students. This information could be used for multiple purposes. By Mental Health specialists to research what is going on with the kids of today. Has mobile phone radiation made the youth more angry? To the police to map out underage crime – and track or monitor suspected future problem adults. There are probably heaps more but I am coming down off a beer infused BBQ high and my innovation has decided to take the rest of the night off.

Regardless, the crux of the matter is that this crap does not belong in society. It shouldn’t be glorified in the news. These girls should be put in handcuffs and taken to a female prison with the craziest bitches you can think of and scared into reality! Do the same thing for all the gangsta guys who get caught for “petty crime” and let off with a warning.

Are the kids of today bored? Has so much changed since I left school? Damn I feel old!

Sometimes I think, just bring back the cane (although I never had it in school and would have threatened violence on anyone who tried to discipline me in that manner).

Does this go back to the parents? Do they even know?

Doubt my post will do anything to change what is going on, but a nice rant always makes me feel better!

Ciao for now.

Mark

I do hope that one day, these girls will look back on their extreme stupidity with some sense of horror or disgust (and hopefully a huge amount of regret!)