Is LinkedIn just one big cringefest?

Analyst 2 in IB - Ind

I'm seriously fed up with LinkedIn. I feel like it's nothing but people jerking themselves off for something that can barely be considered achievements. It's seriously nothing but "this was a huge obstacle - but I OVERCAME IT - Never stop believing in yourself!" This stuff isn't even motivating because it's just people seeking acknowledgement and applause. And spending like 1,000 words when you graduate or leave a job - seriously? Just update your page and get on with it. I hate this crap! Does anyone actually see any LinkedIn posts they enjoy? Sorry for the rant.

Comments (85)

  • Intern in HF - RelVal
Jul 3, 2020

I agree. LinkedIn has been ruined.

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Jul 9, 2020

exactly when was it not like this. it's been a flex centre since its inception

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Jul 3, 2020

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Funniest
Jul 3, 2020

Yes. The most annoying posts are formatted like this, it's almost as if algos write them:

"At the age of 1, I was birthed from my father's vagina. We grew up in Liberia. Every day we trekked through the slums boiling the water in order to drink it.

At the age of 10, I failed middle school.

At the age of 25, I passed middle school, magna cum laude.

Today, I managed to secure a position as the managing director for Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division. Everyone has their own path. Follow yours for success"

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Jul 5, 2020

Those are second most annoying. AHEAD of that by a cunts hair is the genius who reminds each poster in 46 languages how annoying the asshole's father's vagina is only later to be shown to be themselves the hyped and celebrated son of a former county commissioner or cousin of the regional water director. With a recommendation for further reading of course!

That said, when I grow up I wanna be a fixer .like the county sewage steward, He sure enjoys his work and would never bother obsessing over irrelevant vaginas unless compensated fairly from the proceeds of the Boss and Mrs. Tweed Society of Western Kentucky Annual Appeal.

GreatCompromiser:

Yes. The most annoying posts are formatted like this, it's almost as if algos write them:

"At the age of 1, I was birthed from my father's vagina. We grew up in Liberia. Every day we trekked through the slums boiling the water in order to drink it.

At the age of 10, I failed middle school.

At the age of 25, I passed middle school, magna cum laude.

Today, I managed to secure a position as the managing director for Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division. Everyone has their own path. Follow yours for success"

    • 1
Jul 5, 2020

Haha wtf are you talking about?

    • 2
Jul 8, 2020

Edit: "I was birthed from my fathers vagina because my mother couldn't afford one"

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  • Intern in IB-M&A
Jul 3, 2020

Don't even get me started on those sniveling piece of shit who say " I'm humbled to announce that after an extremely competitive process, I was accepted to PNC's prestigious virtual insight day" No one gives a fucking fuck and it cringes me to my core

    • 23
Jul 3, 2020

Ouch, why'd you have to use PNC as an example here...

Array
Jul 3, 2020

it's everywhere. Goldman Sachs is the most notorious for it though

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Jul 3, 2020

I meant it as if even tho it's not that impressive, people still put it on LinkedIn and call it prestigious.

sorry no offense to PNC

    • 2
Jul 7, 2020

Or brag about those free online courses B4 always puts out

  • Prospect in Other
Jul 3, 2020

the "I'm pleased to announce" posts have been overused to the max. a short few sentences when you graduate or finally get a FT job is ok, but I've seen them for things as absurd as software certifications, 2-day conferences, and even birthdays. will we ever draw the line between Facebook and Linkedin because it really blurs everyday (or finally decide that not everything has to be "announced")

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Jul 10, 2020

Hahahaha pleased to announce thank you sir you made my day. SB +10000 if I could!

    • 1
Jul 3, 2020

If you want to see LinkedIn at its worst, just read the comments on any post that mentions China. Boomers have no idea that what they say online can lose them clients or even their job.

    • 3
Jul 3, 2020

What are the boomers saying?

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Jul 3, 2020

Boomers are fucking insufferable, and I say this with boomer parents

Jul 4, 2020

Also any article critical of the CCP will have its comment section flooded by angry wumaos

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Jul 3, 2020

In UK we have these cringe

Listing under work experience:

  • Virtual Insight Days and Events
  • InsideSherpa Virtual Internship (6 hour program max)
  • Bright Network Investment Banking Intern (BN is not an investment bank?!)

Listing under Education: Harvard/Oxford when completing online courses

These things have become infinitely worse during the last few months, a lot of students have extra spare time due to COVID-19. Best to have a minimal profile and stay off linkedin

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  • Intern in IB-M&A
Jul 3, 2020
AdmiralAnonymous:

In UK we have these cringe

Listing under work experience:

  • Virtual Insight Days and Events
  • InsideSherpa Virtual Internship (6 hour program max)
  • Bright Network Investment Banking Intern (BN is not an investment bank?!)

Listing under Education: Harvard/Oxford when completing online courses

These things have become infinitely worse during the last few months, a lot of students have extra spare time due to COVID-19. Best to have a minimal profile and stay off linkedin

I second this. If I were a FT I'd instantly reject these hardos.

Jul 3, 2020

The amount of bright network gold certificates I have seen on my feed is a joke. It holds 0 value and it's something you would get in kindergarten.

    • 1
Jul 4, 2020

ffs this is so true. And then the cringey comments like "congrats! well deserved" for something like bright network which is open to all and not selective at all.

Jul 3, 2020

I think this post makes you look like you are jealous of those people who have accomplished more than you could ever accomplish in your entire lifetime. When I hear stories about amazing accomplishments, I feel inspired. It's a shame that you can't hear someone else's success without feeling envy and disdain.

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  • Analyst 2 in IB - Ind
Jul 3, 2020

Not at all. First of all, what I am listing are not real accomplishments. People are mostly trying to seek validation for some crap. They are also trying to make themselves look and sound much more important / smarter / holier-than-thou than they really are.

As for myself, I went from a small country to a Top 3 university in the States to a Top 3 BB and am now going to PE at a very reputable firm. I have NEVER made a self-jerking post on LinkedIn for any of these. Because I don't need everyone to tell me how awesome I am

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  • Incoming Analyst in IB - Gen
Jul 3, 2020

What are the top 3 universities? I feel like it really varies depending on field/goals. Curious tho

Jul 3, 2020

Please be trolling mate

Jul 4, 2020

look out for the snowflake

  • Analyst 1 in S&T - Equities
Jul 10, 2020

Booneboone
- "Incoming Virtual Coffee Chats at Goldman Sachs"

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  • Associate 3 in IB - Gen
Jul 3, 2020

All I know is that there's a reverse correlation between how impressive a person's actual accomplishments are and how much validation he/she seeks for it on LinkedIn.

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  • Intern in Other
Jul 4, 2020

yes I've notice how my most successful contacts are the ones with minimal profiles. and then you have the (stereotype) people in sales/real estate/validation seeking younger students etc. yapping about on LI.

Jul 7, 2020

This.
The most important people on my floor barely have something like "Managing director" with no further information.
The hardos have 2 pages of non-sense.

Jul 3, 2020

whats the consensus on making posts for internships/FT/graduating

Jul 4, 2020

I think everyone agrees a few sentences is fine. Being excited and wanting to share that excitement is great; but starting a three page essay beginning from your grandfather's time in middle school is just excessive. A few sentences and at most a paragraph is all you need.

    • 1
Jul 3, 2020

For me using LinkedIn has been an incredably rewarding experience, where I have gained enriching insights from global thought leaders in the field of finance. Being able to directly interact with senior investment bankers has fueled my love of banking and inspired me to follow their example and change the world for the better. Yes there have been obstacles to overcome, uploading my picture and profile banner wasn't easy, but in doing so I learned a lot about myself as well as today's cutting edge technology.

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  • Incoming Analyst in IB - Gen
Jul 3, 2020

Using this for my cover letters

Jul 3, 2020

Lol...you just admitted to plagiarism.

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Most Helpful
Jul 3, 2020

My question to you is: why do you care so much?

You're constantly going to come across people who are seeking external validation, regardless of how impressive their "accomplishments" are. It typically stems from an inferiority complex, they are looking for a way to elevate themselves because internally they view themselves as "losing" or falling behind their competition. This has always been a part of society, LinkedIn just makes it more obvious and puts it in writing.

If you are proud of your own personal accomplishments and self-confident - then you really shouldn't care about those posts at all. The only reason it would cause a feeling of anger is if it makes you feel like they're elevating themselves above you in a public way - and you believe your accomplishments are "better". It seems like you are very emotionally triggered by these posts, it's worth trying to think about why they cause such a negative reaction internally. Ironically, a lot of times that reaction would be caused by the same mechanism that caused the other person to post about their "accomplishments" - an inferiority complex and the need for external validation.

Lastly, I definitely understand being frustrated simply because those posts cloud the platform and take away from genuinely helpful content. If I misunderstood your message and that is the case, then I agree with the point you are making - they are low quality posts. However, and I see this a lot, if those posts actually cause you to be upset/angry at the person - then there is most likely a deeper personal issue.

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  • Analyst 2 in IB - Ind
Jul 3, 2020

That's a fair point. I guess it mostly annoys me because I would love to see more quality content. You are also right that this shouldn't annoy me this much. But it has nothing with them appearing more successful than myself or outshadowing me. I just think it's dumb, pretentious and desperate. And I know it shouldn't bother me this much - but it does. Because a lot of LinkedIn is great but now it's getting swallowed with this crap.

    • 2
Jul 8, 2020

doesn't it have to do with who you're connected with or who you follow? one thing I did, for example, is unfollow my random ass connections from old internships and stuff.

I def recommend following Dalio and El-Erian for better feeds.

Array
Jul 3, 2020

New job? sure, go ahead

CFA II Candidate? Ok fine

Accomplished Google's Fundamentals of Digital Marketing online course? Why in the fuck

    • 2
Jul 3, 2020

Linkedin has been such a waste of time for me. I mostly use it as a way to keep a directory of my contacts. I have been thinking about turning off requests to connect...

Jul 3, 2020

People who confuse LinkedIn and Facebook, posting all sorts of work/professional unrelated stuff

  • Intern in HF - Other
Jul 3, 2020

LinkedIn and ALL social media is one big cringe fest. I used to have social media accounts on all the platforms. I had to delete all of them because it started to really affect my mood. I, like many other normal people who use social media, would post once every few months, or even once a month sometimes. Nowadays people are posting almost once a day and it's always either a subtle flex like "look how great my life is" or someone who wants to be pitied. It's pathetic. I just finished my second year of college and it almost seems like there is a huge difference between people my age and people who just graduated high school. These kids are on social media for at least 5-7 hours a day and sometimes more. I have no idea what kind of long term issues this will cause but I'm sure most of these kids will have some serious problems once they get into the real world. I mean these kids can't even sit through a class in school without checking their phones. How the hell are they going to sit through an entire work day without constantly checking?

When you get down to it, isn't the entire purpose of social media to allow people to seek external validation?

I'd love to hear other people's thoughts on this and whether or not y'all are on social media.

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  • Intern in IB-M&A
Jul 3, 2020

Recently got off social media and have noticed that effects of it. I used to check fin meme accounts and do other stupid shit to pass time which increased my inability to sit still for hours and made me constantly seeking validation. I really disliked how bad I viewed myself and began to question my own self worth because everyone one else is doing such great things with their lives. I am glad to be off and hopefully on a recovery path that makes me happier and can engage in a deeper focus.

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  • Prospect in Other
Jul 4, 2020

Finally deleted my Instagram account a month ago after 5+ years of having it and haven't missed it once. I was always mindlessly checking it even though it contributed nothing to my productivity or view of myself and existed on my phone solely to waste time

    • 2
Jul 3, 2020

I seriously don't understand the need for posts with internships and full-time work. Most of your connections will see that you've started a new role once your profile is updated, and you've elected to share said update with your connections. Enjoy the likes and validation then.

  • Analyst 2 in IB-M&A
Jul 3, 2020

Whole heartedly agree. In fact, when students reach out to me for phone calls, I will always check their LinkedIns to see if they've ever posted one of these posts. Not the best proxy but I've always felt those that make these kinds of posts are insufferable to work alongside. Also, you don't get points in the day-to-day of working in M&A and the markets for having worked late nights / under serious pressure. That just comes with the territory.

We're all vain to some extent but being so forward about it makes me feel like the person falls short a level on the self-awareness spectrum and thus just isn't all that smart despite whatever GPA they're bragging about having gotten in the face of whatever "challenges" they'd overcome.

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  • Incoming Analyst in IB - Gen
Jul 4, 2020

What if they dont have linkedin

  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Jul 3, 2020

I enjoy reading it when I'm bored, because of the reasons you listed. It's funny to see people post long posts for really random reasons. It's definitely becoming more like FB.

There's people like this everywhere though. I know a guy who is a bank teller at Chase preaching to people how reading financial news has changed his life even though he only really started months ago after working there...

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Jul 3, 2020

kid who just got a BB IB internship, is it cringey to post abt getting that?

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Jul 3, 2020

It sure is but it's upto you. I just quietly changed my job title when I started with notifications on just people could see I started but I didn't made a cringy post

Jul 3, 2020

This is the way to do it. Let your network know without breaking your arm patting your own back.

    • 1
Jul 3, 2020

If you have to ask, the answer is yes - and that goes for a lot of things in life. Your network will know when you start the internship and update your linkedin

Jul 3, 2020

three worst words on LinkedIn are: "watch this space" at the end of a long self-congratulatory post.

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Jul 4, 2020

"Thoughts?"

"Markets can stay irrational longer than you can stay solvent."

    • 1
Jul 4, 2020

If you are on LinkedIn enough to take note of the cringe to the point that it pisses you off, you are flat out on LinkedIn too much.

You use LinkedIn:

  • To have an electronic resume
  • To look for jobs
  • To connect with people you meet professionally
  • To get background on someone you're meeting with or having a call with

If your connections are posting shitty things, you have bad connections, and you are spending way too much time reading the feed in the first place.

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Jul 4, 2020

LinkedIn is good for social selling. If you connect with people who could buy your product or use your services and post interesting stuff on LinkedIn then you will be top of mind when the people that you had connected with are looking to buy the type of product that you sell or use the type of services that you provide, these people may not have even had any interest in your type of product/services before connecting with you but later may become interested based on what you post.

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  • Analyst 2 in IB - Ind
Jul 4, 2020

SB for sure. Yes sure my feed might not be great, frankly I don't feel comfortable adding people I meet professionally (sometimes inappropriate, also a huge no-no when you're working on a live deal and I tend to forget after or again - not find appropriate). The thing is it's just become a part of my social media scroll. Also a good way to keep track on what's going on in my home country, who's doing what etc. But it's just increasingly becoming less useful, etc.

THE FUCKING CRAZY PART is that the worst posts are not even coming from people I am connected with. It's something that they liked!! So I end up seeing some fucking bullshit "accomplishment" from a person I don't even know. It really pisses me off. Sorry for lashing out - it just makes this even dumber / more cringe.

    • 1
Jul 4, 2020

Let's not start with people
who post their accomplishments on their Instagram bio

Jul 4, 2020

Yes

Jul 6, 2020

We live in a society

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Jul 6, 2020

I've noticed that more and more of these LI stories seem to follow the basic Hero's journey format.

  1. Departure ("I was always an ordinary kid growing up, with no big dreams or ambitions - but then I noticed how my [poor and/or immigrant] parents / relatives were struggling every day, and I promised myself to make a better future for my family, so I started doing research on career paths to follow - I was quickly enamored with [tech / finance / law]. But I knew it was gonna be a long and difficult road ahead, and often had second thoughts - until I spoke with [mentor] and got guidance. I had now made a promise, and started my journey.")
  2. Initiation ("I started to study hard, and took school seriously. I was never a good student, but I managed to lift my GPA from 2.0 to 4.0 over the summer, even though I had to work 3 jobs to help my family. During my last year I also explored extracurricular activities, which resulted in me almost dropping out. The stress was too much, and I barely got any sleep between school and [clubs / sports / whatever], my grades had even started to slip - and during the darkest hours, [me or some relative] got ill, and I had to drop everything. Everything felt lost, but after counseling [with mentor] I managed to pick up the pieces, and continue to strive toward my goals. That year I finished with a 4.0 GPA, Captain of [x], blablabla. And with the help and recommendations of my teachers and mentors, I got accepted to [school / job / whatever]")
  3. Return ("I am now where I wanted to be, when I started this journey - but my journey is not yet over. I still have a long way ahead, but I am thankful and blessed for getting the opportunity to prove myself, and to build a better future for myself and my family. I am not some genius, but my hard work paid off - and so can yours, if you believe in yourself.")
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Jul 7, 2020

Thanks for the template! This will make writing my cringe on Linkedin even faster!

Jul 8, 2020

Buzzfeed coined a term "broetry" for that back in 2017... not sure why there's a comeback now. https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/ryanmac/why-a...

Jul 10, 2020

This is pretty epic. I am going to copy&paste it without your permission.

Jul 6, 2020

Also dumb is when college students who are obviously just in their finance club are writing investment advice along the lines of "how to navigate your portfolio through these turbulent times" as if people actually take investment tips from them.

"Work ethic, work ethic" - Vince Vaughn
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  • Intern in IB-M&A
Jul 7, 2020

Gone are the days when we thought "incoming summer analyst" was cringe. Loads of clown requests coming at me with "Xyz university offer holder", what's next? "incoming Phillips Exeter student"?

    • 1
Jul 7, 2020

"Future 4.0 student"

    • 1
Jul 7, 2020

Totally with you on this one. Its turn to instagram level cringe except everyones wearing a suit.

Jul 7, 2020

Any alternative to LinkedIn?

Jul 8, 2020

Students be posting "Harvard Business School" under their education after attending a week-long program like the SVMP (summer venture in management program)... https://www.hbs.edu/svmp/Pages/default.aspx

Jul 9, 2020

Like mentioned above, I think that people listing random online classes / ExEd at Harvard/MIT/Oxbridge is a growing problem. Considering the (lack of) competence of recruiters, I would not be surprised if people manage to get attention by having a prestigious institution in the headline.

Should not be too difficult to implement some sort of verification mechanism, thus only allowing people with real degrees to list "Harvard Business School" under education.

Jul 11, 2020

Worst post:

"It's my pleasure to share the good news! I finally reached 500 connections on LinkedIn. Networking is something I have always struggled with and to finally be able to see that I've reached this level of accomplishment is a great milestone!"

I almost deleted LinkedIn after reading this

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Jul 15, 2020

Nomination for cringiest post out there:

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/ziad-ahmed_tiktok-g...

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Jul 29, 2020

I just tested positive for aids

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