Recent Grad Finds Job Through Her Dad’s LinkedIn Account

Recent Grad Finds Job Through Her Dad’s LinkedIn Account (

In 2011, Rachel Abady was in her senior year at Barnard College. She had been using NACElink, a website that connects colleges and employers, but felt like she was competing for the same jobs as her classmates. Frustrated by her lack of prospects, she turns to her father who suggests using LinkedIn. As an avid user of Facebook and Instagram, she dismissed her father’s suggestion saying, “I’m not 50 years old”. Rachel ends up using LinkedIn, logging in under her father’s account. She ultimately finds a job through a posting by someone in her father’s alumni group at Colgate University.

We recently spoke about how our social media interactions can be detrimental to our professional lives. However, this article suggests the benefits of simply being involved. Can social media supplant traditional networking and recruiting events? Is contacting company profiles or HR representatives on LinkedIn the preferred form communication now when job searching? How active are you on LinkedIn?

– Tyler


6 thoughts on “Recent Grad Finds Job Through Her Dad’s LinkedIn Account

  1. I am say that I am a pretty active member on Linkedin and used it for my job search before. I had went on an interview as a result as well. I also have connected friends with recruiters and hiring managers that landed them an interview. I think its a becoming trend for companies looking for candidates. HR group candidates in two buckets, the active and passive candidates. The active ones are the ones actively looking and the passive ones are the ones that may not necessary be looking at the moment but is willing and open for a change. Plus it’s cheaper to post on Linkedin as oppose to using a recruiter. Also, a lot of companies like to keep the search confidential which is another way that Linkedin can help with.

  2. One has to understand that 80% of the time people get a job through their network of friends, families, colleagues, former co-workers, schoolmates, professors, etc. With that percentage increasing as the position-level and salary increase. Having someone vouch for you outright and bring you into an interview is so powerful. HR departments save incredible amounts of money not having to go through search firms or through traditional outlets. What Linkedin does is accelerate the process and again gives that initial snapshot impression of a potential candidate. Like anything when searching for a job…it is another tool to get that all important interview.

    The thing is one has to build a network in the real world for it to be surplanted on to Linkedin, so I don’t think traditional networking events will ever completely go away.

    I took Professor Stephanopoulos’ advice and updated my Linkedin profile…it is about managing that personal brand to the world. Been on Linkedin almost everyday since starting the class.

  3. Four out of Five jobs are filled through Networking. The advantage Linkedin provides is accessing both your network, job postings, and potentially new networks while at the same time spreading your resume all over the internet. People would much rather hire individuals if they can ask a trusted colleague about their skill set vs. basing their opinion from a 45 minute interview. Throwing sticks into the wind hoping they land on the head of HR’s desk is the way of the past. Connecting or emailing alumni, friends, etc about their experiences and advice while allowing them to “creep” on your profile makes a world of difference.

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