LION Hunting: Why “LinkedIn Open Networkers” Deserve to Be Shot.

lionsI hate to kick someone when they’re already down. In fact, I’m surprised I can, all things considered. Seriously.

For all the shit that’s been talked about LinkedIn on this site over the years (present company included), somehow, they keep figuring out ways to screw up even more. And I’m not just talking about when it comes to shareholder value.

I’m talking about the fact that this company that’s actually lost a lawsuit for violating their own terms of service, not to mention a slew of cases involving member privacy and user confidentiality – the same company that’s become the pariah of platforms among recruiting professionals – somehow hasn’t even hit what, by most standards, is already the lowest of lows.

Think we’ve even scratched the surface of suspect practices, scams and shadiness behind the LinkedIn behemoth? Not so fast, slappy.

I mean, we’ve still got a whole lot of shit left in the arsenal – and while it’s an easy target, the fact is, we have trouble taking pity when it comes to a “professional network” that’s literally alienated everyone in our industry (well, almost everyone – that’s for you, LinkedIn publicist).

Today, I’d like to turn to a subject that’s near and dear to many of our hiring hearts and go for a little LION hunt.

And yes, Cecil the Lion does have a LinkedIn profile, just in case you were wondering. Too soon?

Nah. It’s time for us to take a look at what’s long been one of the most noxious trends in talent – the LinkedIn Open Networker.


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Why You Always LION?

18452799-mmmainIf you’ve ever spent any time at all on LinkedIn – and if you’re 98.8% of the recruiting industry, that means you – you’re already familiar with the concept of the LinkedIn L.I.O.N.

It’s an acronym most of these losers use as an acronym in the header of their profile, which everyone knows is as much of a red flag as “currently looking for next opportunity!” or “SPHR” when it comes to making connections.

In the peculiar vernacular of the complete douche canoes who use LinkedIn specific vernacular, the L.I.O.N. doesn’t stand for “loneliest idiot online now,” but instead, “LinkedIn Open Networker.” Well, congratulations. You’re a certifiable asshole.

If the whole L.I.O.N. thing sounds like a whole lot of bullshit to you, congratulations. You’re sane and possess some semblance of common sense. Besides being a vomit inducing, three day old Indian food in a used diaper smelling steaming pile of social, it sends the signal that no matter what the hell you do, you should never, ever connect with this ass hat, because they’re going to somehow just piss off your entire network.

LIONs are a lot like LARPers – it’s like everyone else is in on the joke, but the punchline is, this is really their lives.

Connecting for the sake of connecting on the platform that explicitly purports to preempt such behavior. Of course, when you need active users, the fact these people spend more time clogging news feeds with inspirational quotes and Business Insider articles than they probably ever have actually recruiting (or any real job) is only a good thing for LinkedIn.

They love LIONs – they’re the only people who still think that their network is somehow relevant.

For a long time, I thought, “I’d love five minutes with the intern who got the greenlight on that hunk of shit from the head honchos over at LinkedIn.” I would then want the other 55 minutes of that hour long appointment to be with the same person who thought, “LinkedIn doesn’t need recruiters. We’re a social network.”

Of course, that dude probably cashed out a long ass time ago, leaving the LIONs to prey on the entrails of what’s left of LinkedIn.

So I was surprised to discover that, in spite of all of the shit, the fact is that LinkedIn doesn’t actually endorse LIONs, and they explicitly say so on their Help Center:Picture1

Are you really surprised that this is the party line – that the company doesn’t officially condone these professional network parasites? Of course they don’t – that’s just bad branding. LinkedIn does, however, perpetuate this perpetual worst practice by allowing it to continue unabated, in open violation of LinkedIn’s publically stated rules of only “connecting with those you know and know well.”

You know well that’s the biggest lie this side of “you were referred to me by a former coworker of yours who wanted to be kept confidential.”

Essentially, what L.I.O.N. really means, is that the person who uses this awful, asinine acronym is willing to connect with anyone and everyone,whether or not there’s any real value in having that person in your network or any discernible reason why you’d accept an invitation from someone whose headline already tells you that they’re basically a giant asshole. Hell, why we’re at it, let’s also go ahead and acknowledge that for most LIONs, there’s a 50% chance (maybe) that they’re even real people to begin with.

These would be kings have turned LinkedIn into a jungle of networking where more value is placed on the quantity of connections instead of their quality, a mentality that LinkedIn implicitly encourages. The company could care less about the quality (or reality) or their “user base” for quite some time now – and truth is, these connection collectors do them more good than harm when it comes to the metrics that matter most to the people with money.

Cowardly LIONs: If They Only Had A Brain.

The-Wizard-Of-Oz-Cowardly-LionThere are a few recruiters out there who remember when LinkedIn used to clamp down on sending too many unsolicited profiles, or using, say, a cartoon or avatar for your profile picture instead of a real headshot. In fact, they’d put you in “LinkedIn Jail,” and basically suspended your account until you begged that you’d never do it again (until the next time). But that’s a distant memory, at least since the company went public and stopped caring about privacy.

Every recruiter knows that LinkedIn has had something of a spam problem (understatement of the year) for some time now. Personally, as a recruiter filling reqs for a company with some cache, I personally have to take the time to check every connection request I receive, and I do this due diligence carefully. In my experience, about 1 in 5 (minimum) is a completely fictitious account with a fake name and phony picture. That’s 20% if you’re keeping score at home.

Shout out to my main man, Ghana Joe, who is the lone CEO out there who deems me worthy of a personal connection! For reals, though. Appreciate you, Ghana Joe.

C’mon, man. These fake invitations are a total waste of my time, not to mention a complete devaluation of a network myself and millions of other recruiters have personally spent their entire careers (over 11 years, in my case) building out with our own information, requisitions and candidates.

Our connections have become their information, and their need to keep up with Wall Street’s projections are largely the reason those connections have become so commoditized.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the dudes and dudettes over at TinEye, whose photo recognition technology has saved me countless hours and helped me spot countless phonies over the course of the past few years. Little surprise, many of these fraudulent accounts described themselves as LIONs. But if they think I’m going to be their prey, all I can say is, screw that.

Nope, I’m going hunting. And, my friends, it’s LION season.

The Mane Event: Why LIONs Deserve To Be Shot.

J341oKWLook, if  you want to treat your network like a carcass that’s ready to be plundered by a pack of hungry carnivores, then by all means let the LIONs loose. Of course, you’re everything that’s wrong with both recruiting and social media, and I’m going to bet that you’re likely compensating for a shockingly undersized phallus, but, you know, do your thing. But before you open the networking floodgates, realize that your actions have repercussions not only for you, but everyone else who’s vouched for you as “someone they trust.” Liars.

If you’re one of the purported 400 million or so LinkedIn users who’s a real person (a number that’s got to be just as big of a lie), you’re getting screwed over by these scammers. Worse, they’re ruining what used to be one of the most fertile hunting grounds out there for finding and connecting with top talent. Today, the landscape is barren besides B2B marketers and phishing food. The long term results ravaged by LIONs, however, will be even more sinister, I’m afraid.

By allowing literally any asshole into your network like you were handing out red Solo cups at a Frat party – complete with geeks, motorheads, wastoids – you implicitly perpetuate spammers and explicitly help them achieve their illicit ends, intentional or not. You’re part of the problem, and you, sir, suck. Big time. Shocked?

Well, you shouldn’t be, because you were the one who just clicked through and accepted those bloodsuckers into your network without a second thought, and immediately granted them access to your entire network. That thing most of us recruiters have spent decades fighting to build, and our ultimate asset and competitive advantage as talent professionals.

While you added to your number of connections and probably satisfied your phallic fallacies and enormous ego for a few fleeting moments, the fact is that for everyone connected to you, you’ve basically let the leeches in – and soon, we’re all going to be bombarded by invites and more spam than a Nigerian Prince who needs a bridge loan or a Russian dude looking to offload some brand name Viagra at cheapest price for you, my friend. Seriously. Stop it.

I’m personally of the option that anyone who doesn’t actively deny or work to stop these living, breathing spam bots who rely on the moniker “open networker” because it sounds way more legit than “scam artist” simply must not get it. To go back to the basics here for a minute, let’s start at the very beginning (a very good place to start). Networking is defined as:

“the exchange of information or services among individuals, groups, or institutions; specifically: the cultivation of productive relationships for employment or business.”

You’ll notice that nowhere does Webster or Merriam define this crucial concept as “clicking accept on every f-ing invitation that happens to come your way.” In fact, if you look at the dictionary definition, that worst practice seems, in fact, more or less like the exact antithesis of networking. In essence, if you’re a L.I.O.N., you’re either doing it wrong or involved in some sort of elaborate racketeering scandal. If the latter, man, we’re cool. If you’re the former, do me and every other real recruiter out there a huge favor and listen up.

There’s a growing movement to fight spam in the recruiting industry that’s coalescing in very clear, concrete ways. You can now find some variation of this recurring theme on the agenda of almost every recruiting conference or event, and it’s one of the hottest trending topics in recruiting related Facebook groups and on popular podcasts like Recruiting Animal. While the focus of this growing scrutiny might focus almost exclusively on recruiter-generated spam, the fact is that the real perpetrators here are the people who we let have open access to our network and bombard them with whatever the hell they want.

Thank you very much for that, Ghana Joe and Co.

Yeah, I know it’s weird, but you know it’s bad when even recruiters are sick of the amount of bullshit spam coming out of LinkedIn – and we’re most of the problem, for God’s sake. But this recent resistance just might prove there’s hope yet that we can be trusted to police the internet ourselves, and use that whole online recruiting ecosystem somewhat responsibly.

At the end of the day, know that if you’re a LION, you’re worse than Dr. Walter Palmer. Hey, that guy might have bought himself the chance to bag a national treasure and endangered species, but at least he knew how to cap a filling.

And if you’re an open networker on LinkedIn, chances are you don’t have any skill set anywhere near that practical. Instead, you just come across like a huge asshole – just like Dr. Palmer. Only he was smart enough to disappear from the public eye, not flood them with InMails.

Enough, already. You know who you are. And you’ve been warned.

unnamed (11)About the Author: Pete Radloff has 15 years of recruiting experience in both agency and corporate environments, and has worked with such companies as Comscore, exaqueo, National Public Radio and Living Social.

With experience and expertise in using technology and social media to enhance the candidate experience and promote strong employer brands, Pete also serves as lead consultant for exaqueo, a workforce consulting firm.

An active member of the Washington area recruiting community, Pete is currently a VP and sits on the Board of Directors of RecruitDC.

Follow Pete on Twitter @PJRadloff or connect with him on LinkedIn, or at his blog, RecruitingIn3D.

  • maureensharib

    Any advice on how we begin to ratchet down our LI networks? Is there any easy way?

    • Pete Radloff

      Nothing other than manually that I’m aware of. But I’d love to hear some suggestions.

      • Bert Grenville-Rose

        I would love LinkedIn to allow a ranking of connections…

        I had some past connections when LinkedIn was new we were playing a game to race to be the most connected, and now wanting to cull the list to a solid set of people can count on.
        So yes I was connected to 1000’s of people; now dropped out and will re-start with just the few who really count.

    • Ratchet is the perfect adjective for LIONs.

    • You know, there’s likely money to be made it some sort of app that helps with this problem…

      • maureensharib

        Can you imagine? LI will go ape-shit all over that.

  • No More BS Please

    In all honesty I have probably had more the 15 invitations to join networks this week alone.

    All of them boiler plate and I knew none of them.

    All were ignored.

    I bet I also toss at least a couple out of the network every week for some reason or other – especially if I politely contact you and you do not respond within 3-4 days.

  • apikoros18

    Like you, I have been on LinkedIn for a billion years. Once upon a Time being a LION was cool. Lets not forget those heady days of wonder

    • Was there a witch and a wardrobe involved?

      • apikoros18

        Must Mix Mythos— There were plenty of Gollums, Voldemorts and cab drivers.

  • derdiver

    Great read Pete, as always. IMO, after asking Stacey a long time ago, you need to just go through and do a purge. Then be careful on who you accept. Simple.

  • hampsure

    This article is very poorly written and immature. You’re seriously calling people losers and dropping swear words to try to be cool? I’m not a lion nor do I want to be, but this article is joke.

    • Pete Radloff

      The joke rather, is people who get offended by a few swear words. This aint church.

      • hampsure

        Swear words don’t offend me one bit and I don’t go to church, but generalizations and calling people names that’s another story. Believe me I’m not standing up for LIONS. I’m not one nor do I support them.

      • Christine Alling

        You don’t have to be in church to show some class.

        • Pete Radloff

          Christine, we’re not here to class things up. We’re here, IMHO to be real and have real discussions. Sure the language gets colorful, but anyone who has read this site for any amount of time knows what they are getting into.

          • Christine Alling

            Why are real discussions and class mutually exclusive? Pete, you seem angry. I will agree to disagree with you. Your style is abrasive, which I find distasteful.

          • Pete Radloff

            I’m really sorry to hear that. Abrasive yes, but I’ve never been accused of being wishy washy with where I stand. I wish you well.

        • derdiver

          You don’t have to be in church to show class? Really? Welcome to the real world dear. Apperently this is your first time here, we are real world. NO bullshit here! #truestory

      • Eric Lancaster

        It is the fact that you talk about being a professional and how linkedin is a professional networking site, and there you are using the same type of language that you are complaining about.

      • navywings

        I sure am glad you aren’t representative of the recruiting community. You surely are an outlier and surprising you function in any capacity as one.

    • derdiver

      After reading your response I would suggest a good editor before ever writing again. Talk about poorly written.

  • Antonio Ierano

    lol, I am officially an asshole.
    fell free not to connect with me…. I generally do not reject anyone on my network, because I want to know before judge. you can always remove people. your comment on LION are ungenerous at best. Linkedin is an open platform, yes professional. but professional does not means it have to cope your specific interest. Behave correctly on linkedin isn’t related to be lion, asshole (that from your description is the same) or whatever, is related on how you post, respond, write, comment and relate. Some of the so called SPAM for you could make sense for others, and yes if you are a professional escort or a port actoractress may be your post will be not suit for a general businessman. you can delete, mute and report people. plenty of tools to manage your message.

  • Richard

    Love it Pete, spot on!

  • Ken Abbott

    Yet another rambling link bait rant.

    • Pete Radloff

      Ken, not sure how it’s rambling. and link bait. Link bait, by definition is when the title has little to nothing to do with the topic. This is the antithesis of that as it’s ALL about that topic. Appreciate your kudos though 🙂

    • Eric Lancaster

      Agreed. Some folks just need to RELAX. Old saying…love it or leave it (its not that serious). Pete you can just delete your profile and never use LI again or start your own site with your wisdom. The language in your article is not very professional and seems like you are also part of the problem. You could of gotten your point across without swearing. I am not a LION but everyone’s goals and visions are different regarding the use of LI. I wish you the best and everyone have a great day.

  • Michael Wilson

    Great article, regular purging and blocking is required for healthy LI relationships

  • Interesting read. I learned something. Had no idea what a LION was. Just searched my LI network and thankfully, no LIONS as far as I can tell. If you get a LION in your network is the potential abuse mitigated if you have set your settings to “Only You” can see your connections? This means the LIONs can’t network w/ them. Anyway, I also agree with your statement “These would be kings have turned LinkedIn into a jungle of networking where more value is placed on the quantity of connections instead of their quality…”. Unfortunately, the same holds true for all social networks these days. Having a large network in itself isn’t so bad except for the noise it generates with constant (and mostly terrible) LI Pulse “publishing” updates, inspirational quote images and games. – Mark Willaman

  • spinmantv

    I think the LION controversy, just like everything else that seems to be wrong with the recruiting industry today can be boiled down to just one word…Laziness. I want as many LinkedIn connections as I can get, not so that I can take the easy way out and send an insincere generic message to everyone and hope that someone responds. I want to be able to reach out to as many people as necessary as INDIVIDUALS and discuss things that are pertinent to the both of us when it is appropriate. That is what recruiting is folks….finding and then having a relevant discussion with a person about an opportunity that is right for them because you took the time to determine what an opportunity that is right for them is. If you are going to call yourself a recruiter then put in the hard work to do it right…otherwise call yourself what you are…a worthless hack!!

  • Mary Kouwenhoven

    I am NOT, I repeat NOT, compensating for a shockingly undersized phallus!!!

  • Clion

    My real last name is Lion. It’s been interesting.

  • Jonathan Kidder

    Pete – Let’s say one of my friends is addicted to networking aka LION. What type of rehab center would you recommend?

  • Leila Borkland

    I read this a couple of times in an attempt to understand why it seems so angry. Its my understanding that you are a straight forward, result driven recruiter for the past fifteen years. That is pretty impressive, so why do you seem so angry? My thought is maybe because of the “shady” practices of “Open Networks” that LinkedIn doesn’t seem to police or monitor may be interfering with your ability to acquire professional, talented and skilled individuals as readily as before the so called LION groups became so vast in number. When I became a member of LinkedIn my purpose was to highlight my business networking company, American Lion, Inc. my goal was and still is to facilitate connections for small businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals.
    I started receiving connections request from people that just wanted to get hold of my connections and group members for their own “pitch” or whatever it was they wanted to sell my members. I have learned many painful lessons along the way. Six years later there are still those leaches that just want to pilfer from my contacts and groups. I’m cautious when I receive a connection request and I’m sure that some of those leaches got through. I know the responsibility lies with me to weed out the those members who only want to be able to boast of how many connections they have and I’m sure some of those people have gotten through but it’s my responsibility to vet my connections. Also, I don’t use LinkedIn premium, so if I’m looking at you, you’ll know its me.

  • OhWiseOne

    This is without a doubt the most offensive piece I have ever read. I was shocked that it found its way to my inbox via a LinkedIn pathway.

    The arrogance, foul language and grandiosity of tone is over the top. The smug superiority of the author (who can’t seem to keep a job himself) is truly outrageous.

    Full disclosure: After 10 years building a company, my job ended recently because my company was sold and senior management redundancies were eliminated. That notwithstanding, I am a talented hard working individual with a wealth of skills that today are routinely being dismissed by dimwitted keyword-searching slacker DB recruiters such as the sainted Pete Radloff. Sadly, I made the mistake of paying a consultant to set up my LinkedIn page and position me to get in front of today’s “sophisticated” recruiters. That consultant turned on the L.I.O.N. designation. I was not aware that it made me a job-seeking leper. I have since turned it off.

    That said, I have seething contempt for the author and the content of this piece. I am a seasoned C-Suite veteran and when I inevitably return to the C-Suite, I will keep this article as a case study in how not to search for talented job candidates.

    I’m sorry dude, but you did not create LinkedIn. You just use it to make your life easier.

    Reading LinkedIn’s mission, vision and strategy nowhere does it state that it solely exists to serve recruiters.

    The fact that you are such a dismissive elitist that you practice contempt of a whole group of people prior to investigation of any one’s life story, skills, ambitions and capabilities is clear proof that you should not be in this business. Pete, you are a fraud, a jackass and a Tier-One douche bag.

    Hopefully potential employer/client firms will read this comment and steer away from engaging your services.

    Hopefully LinkedIn will censure you for this toxic dreck.

    Hopefully you will use this feedback to get better at what you do and stop being a parasitic slacker.

    • derdiver

      Yet he puts his name on it, unlike you who hides behind a fake name hurling insults. He is brave unlike the coward you are showing yourself too be.

      • OhWiseOne

        You’re right “derdiver” (A.K.A Pete’s cheerleader avatar hiding behind a fake name).
        I probably shouldn’t have insulted Pete. While he can dish out the insults, I doubt if he can take them when hurled back in his direction.
        Besides, its probably not fair to the other Tier-One D.B.s.

        • derdiver

          you would know king of the dbags.

          • Matt Charney

            Hey, that title is taken.

        • Pete Radloff

          Im here – hurl away. Just because Im speaking the truth doesn’t hurt my feelings.

    • Pete Radloff

      OhWiseOne. That about says it all. The paying of a consultant to do your
      linkedin page, even better.

  • Heywood

    Dude, you are the biggest hypocrite and fraud I have come across in a long… LONG time. You and I have 199 mutual connections. I am an open networker, you claim not to be… But tell me, Pete, how exactly do you and I have 199 mutual connections unless you, too, are willing to connect with open networkers (news flash – if you connect with open networkers, YOU are an open networker)? Further, when I looked at our mutual connections, I noted that some of those connections have ZERO to do with what you claim your business is (a doctor in China, a freelance writer in Europe? Really Pete, you’re recruiting freelance writers living in Europe?)… How is it that your “holier than thou” network has people from China, Australia, Netherlands, Switzerland, the UK, etc., not to mention virtually every state in the US from Maine to California, including Minnesota, where I live (and even more ironically, including a very good friend of mine who has absolutely NO idea who you are)?… I understand not wanting to be spammed to death by people on LinkedIn, however, I would argue that being an open networker doesn’t automatically qualify one as a spammer (or any of the other more colorful, and woefully childish, words you used). I, too, have been recruiting for over a decade, and my “open network” has enabled me to connect with people all over this country for opportunities with my clients and/or employers. Your rant is short sighted.

    • navywings

      Bingo. Very nicely done. Calling the LION out on his BS.

  • EB

    I laughed at the end of this piece (in your boilerplate) where you invite people to connect with you on LinkedIn. Seems like a very ‘LION’ thing to do 😉

  • navywings

    Pretty hard to take an article seriously where the author litters the piece with the “vernacular” in name calling. “Douche canoes?” Seriously? Were you abused as a recruiter or something? If I were your employer, you would be in need of some recruiter assistance right now.

  • navywings

    Also, even from some of the comments here, people do not understand the philosophy of the LION. Is IS NOT connecting with every single person who requests to connect with you. The movement that started the LIONs only asked one thing: do not click on “I don’t know this person” if you get a request. That’s it. This was to thwart LinkedIn’s arbitrary algorithm from blocking you from requesting connections too often. It was an ordeal to have to go back to LinkedIn each time to get your counter reset. Nothing about being a LION meant you were obligated to accept all connection requests. I don’t, but I do evaluate how that person may fit into my industry objectives, how I might be of service to them in the future, how they might assist me in the future, etc.

    The ironic thing is, I almost ALWAYS accept recruiters. Why? Because they can only help me. Every single job I’ve had since retiring from the military was through recruiters on LinkedIn. Fortunately, the ones in my network are not a sophomoric angry one like the author and he is not representative of most recruiters.

  • navywings

    Hey…isn’t he a LION by asking in his article for readers he doesn’t know to connect with him on LinkedIn?

    “Follow Pete on Twitter @PJRadloff or connect with him on LinkedIn, or at his blog, RecruitingIn3D.”

  • Bruce Mann

    Wow, I think the juvenile language of the author and the abhorrent title of the article says enough.

  • Mike Anderson

    Whoa!! Easy there Tiger. This reads like a terrorist manifesto…And I love the irony of the whole thing “Follow Pete……or CONNECT WITH HIM ON LINKEDIN, or at his blog, RecruitingIn3D. But if what you’re going for is to get your 15 minutes, I think you may have just achieved that ( i mean, hell, look at all of the responses)- so congrats Petey!

  • Grovemonkey

    I’ve always thought of Recruiters as the LIONs of the world so it’s feels so ironic to read this.

  • Jeremy Adams

    Not only is this article poorly written as others have stated, but to say things like “…three day old Indian food in a used diaper smelling steaming pile…” only shows that you are likely a racist, and a self absorbed buffoon. What’s wrong with Indain food? Do you hate the Indian that much? Have you no Indian friends or associates with whom you value their relationship? Are you racist? What was running through your mind when you wrote that statement, and with all the other swears you go on to rant with, one would think that you’d have just used the word sh_t. Does it seem crazy that I’m ranting on about this silly little statement? It’s just one small insight into your simple mind that gave birth to this horribly written rant. You ‘ought to close down shop and retire with what little dignity you have left. This article as far as I’m concerned had very little to do with LIONs (and I am not condoning those of them that participate in shady practices on LinkedIn), but all to do with who you are and if this *is* who you are, well you may as well pack up shop and retire with what little dignity you may have left. But perhaps your LinkedIn profile is a scam, and the real truth is that you are some wise ass kid who did a little research and decided to write this vomit to start some controversy. That must be it! Well…good luck getting a job when you graduate from college. Wait a minute, whose kidding who here? You haven’t a single plan to attend a University, certainly not after you dropped this dropped this piece of work into Cyberspace that will follow you as any school does their research not to mention an employer since you have no plans for higher education. I want to thank you for giving me something to write about this evening. It’s been fun picking apart your psyche and looking inside your feeble, racist, filthy, ignorant mind. Earlier today I wanted to yell at one of my kids for doing something stupid, but missed my opportunity. This was a lot more satisfying.

    • Mike Anderson

      Nailed it!! I don’t know what company in their right mind would hire this guy, especially after this pointless, offensive, racist and tasteless rant. Here’s an idea, why don’t we share this blog to all of the LIONs on LinkedIn so the whole universe will know who he is.

      • derdiver

        Well since its been shared over 1k times on linkedin alone I am pretty sure there are more people in the world that agree with Pete then the few naysayers looking for their 15 minutes.

        • Mike Anderson

          It’s being shared on LinkedIn because of the shock factor of how poorly written and distasteful the article is. You know, kind of like going to a freak show. It’s the wrong kind of attention. Claiming that more people in the world agree with Pete would be a stretch, based on the overwhelming majority of the responses here. I get it-you guys are buddies and I would do the same for mine.

          • derdiver

            Ah, little LION, I feel sorry for you man. Your feelings got hurt because you were told how truly unimportant and irrelevant you really are. Trolls got to hate to be relevant I guess? Let it go move on,, get a life. In fact go call all your so called contacts that you have never met and see how many messages get returned. Your hateraide just fuels the fire of how sad you really are. #truestory

          • Mike Anderson

            Yeah nice try pal-it will be extremely hard for me to feel irrelevant from a comment made by a guy with a teddy bear for an avatar, I mean c’mon, sport!! What you need to do is to stop playing Pete-police. He’s a big boy and can respond on his own (or can he). Do something productive with your life, please! You, my friend, are part of the FREAK SHOW. In fact, I would argue that you are (ready for it)………….. the MANE attraction.
            #truestory #sorryihurtyourfeelings #yousuck

          • derdiver

            This from a loser with a generic name and NO avatar? Chief you are definitely a RINO man, oh I forgot you are not that bright, RINO is a recruiter in name only. If you cannot find me on line then go back to being a fry cook. Now that is a #truestory. #dropsthemike

          • Mike Anderson

            Someone’s getting a little too upset because his buddy is getting exposed-and by association making him look like a complete tool. Don’t be mad. The truth hurts and this little exchange here just totally ruined your day because you feel hopeless.

          • derdiver

            Nope not upset, i love feeding useless trolls, I really get a kick out of it. You are one of those has to have the last say type of guys, huh? I am beyond bored with you . Youwere amusing but have worn out your 15 minutes. Go on and roar little lion, maybe someday you will be relevant because you are definitely not now. #hadtodroptheMIKEagain #peaceout

    • derdiver

      “Earlier today I wanted to yell at one of my kids for doing something stupid, but missed my opportunity.” I honestly feel bad for your wife and the fact you have kids. Its a real reach to equate Indian food with racism but I guess angry over complicated minds in an election year is par for the course.

  • Scott Miller

    Colorful commentary, particularly when you call out the Asshats and the comment regarding Phallus objects. Albeit distasteful, it seems the author was going for the shock and awe. However what I gather from this is reaction, not pro-action. The industry has always been cluttered with shotgun recruiters, LION’s and other reprobate that give Recruiting a bad name. The real question once you get through the authors over the top writing is what to do about it. Can it actually be changed, this has been an ongoing theme in other facets. Now with social media it is just exacerbated at this point. Rather than point fingers, sling mud, or call people out, elevate yourself above the fray. Become the go to recruiter.

    • Heywood

      Great point. My suggestion to the author would be to practice what he preaches a bit more… One only needs to look at his connections to see what a hypocrite he is…

  • NaturalSkinnyBitch

    While I don’t care for the language used in this article, I subscribe with wanting to connect with people that offer value to me and I can deliver the same to them.

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  • This is probably the worst LinkedIn article I have every read. Anyone who can’t find enough words in the dictionary to use without cursing is of limited intelligence to begin with. There are factual errors and misstatements in practically every sentence of this article. Hopefully this post will be ignored, and thrown out with the trash it merits.

    • Matt Charney

      How do you really feel? Also, racism is not acceptable, and yet, it is in the dictionary – but then again, so too is “fuck,” which for some reason, isn’t? I’m confused. But likely, that confusion is caused by limited intelligence. That or my University of Phoenix MBA. Which recruiters on LinkedIn totally dig, by the way #justsaying

  • Legendary Lou

    Goodness me what a load of drivel, took me 20 minutes to read something that could be summarized in a paragraph, I stopped reading after it just became more of the same.
    You have 8K+ connections.. You do realize that makes you a Lion right?

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