Why do people put “ex-Goldman”, “ex-Citadel”, “ex-Citi” in their LinkedIn headers

We get it, you work at a shitty startup now and it’s the only way for your fragile ego to remain intact, but seriously why? This shit is cringe as fuck. If you are trying to say that you are so important because you USED to work in banking or whatever, why tf didn’t you just stay if you are still flashing the title for clout. LinkedIn is total cancer 🚀📈🤪

 

I once saw a woman with "ex-BCG" in her NAME. She spent one year with the firm... 20 years ago as an analyst.

 
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It is not always an ego trip.

Many people are struggling to find jobs and need to try to make their profiles stand out.

Working at a top company for a lengthy period of time can show people that you were intelligent and dynamic enough to get into a competitive place. It is the same exact rationale as listing your education on your linked in if you went to a top college. I’ve also noticed some people don’t list their education history since it is likely they went to bad schools.

If you’re post was to highlight that LinkedIn is cringe, then yes we know. It’s cringe just like any social media is.

Some people just aren’t as cool and accomplished as you man.

 

How can it possibly be compared to listing your school on your linkedin page? FWIW, I also think having ex-Ivy in linkedin header is cringe haha

 

I am yet to meet someone who got a job because of their LinkedIn profile. Linkedin is a platform for networking and helps in getting updates on job opportunities from their apply for jobs tab

 

I’ve had several friends get jobs via their profile, in the sense a recruiter messaged them after perusing their profile about a job opportunity and they converted. The one that sticks out to me was from last year. He was at a LMM pe firm and through a cold email LinkedIn message, he got to a mega fund, I’m not saying it’s likely, but it is definitely possible.

Remember that you are trying to make your profile more searchable and pop for these recruiters.

It is obviously kind of embarrassing, but it’s a tough job market and people can get desperate if they have been out of work for awhile. I just feel like OP is making fun of people down on their luck, and that is also cringe.

 

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It is not always an ego trip.

Many people are struggling to find jobs and need to try to make their profiles stand out.

Working at a top company for a lengthy period of time can show people that you were intelligent and dynamic enough to get into a competitive place. It is the same exact rationale as listing your education on your linked in if you went to a top college. I've also noticed some people don't list their education history since it is likely they went to bad schools.

If you're post was to highlight that LinkedIn is cringe, then yes we know. It's cringe just like any social media is.

Some people just aren't as cool and accomplished as you man.

I would say most of us are prob cooler than you considering we don’t need subsidies from dad despite making $1mm+ per year lol

 

People with headlines like that do write the best LinkedIn Broetry though. 

"(Nonsense about leadership/thought leadership/whatever else)... Here are the 5 things successful people do before pooping in the morning." 

 

Not on WSO circles but it carries a fair bit of weight on the corporate/f500 scene

 

Linkedin influencers could actually be the worst genre of people on the planet

 

Can anyone chime in if this helps from a recruitment aspect? The only reason I can somewhat understand is that it might slightly increase your chances of recruiters hitting you up e.g. if you spent 3 years at BCG and then 2 years at a f500.

Otherwise yes incredibly cringe and insecure.

 

They do it because they suck.  They haven’t accomplished much beyond landing a corporate name on their resume, so that’s their calling card.

A basic career goal should be to never be a person who has to lead with that.

 

I had someone recently try to connect that not only had they were HBS alumn ex McKinsey but after the ex McKinsey put “3x promoted” telling you how many times they were promoted at the firm. I guffawed 


many are saying this is back office, I’ve actually found it’s usually HBS people at least half the time 

 

In French finance, have seen many people who did 6 month internships refer to themselves and be referred to (including in finance publications) as “ex-Roths” and “ex-Laz”

 

yeah lol i've seen many europeans on linkedin list a bunch of banks in their header even though they don't work there anymore and they just did an internship there

 

A member of my gf’s family claimed to work in “investment banking” when he’s an FP&A analyst (basically audit) for a regional healthcare company. He also graduated with a 3.4 from western michigan university lol, good luck spinning that as IB.

 

Start-ups are not shitty, many of the millionaires made their fortune from startup equity.

And nope, they didn't do it for prestige. They just wanna tell people that they have climbed out of a shithole and wanna connect with people who did the same