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If LinkedIn Is About Professionalism, What Do Some Of The Statements Their Members Post, Say About Professionalism …

Yes … I know I am the last person to talk about professionalism.

And yes … I know Linkedin is kind-of an easy target, but some of the stuff people are putting on there these days blows my mind.

If I was an alien and looking at the site for insight on humans, I’d come to the conclusion there’s 2 types out there, the egomaniacs and the totally lacking in confidence.

Have a look at this …



If it was some kind of psychological experiment, you could just about put up with it – but it doesn’t seem to be. It literally appears a guy called Jason [In a moment of compassion, I’ve deleted some of his info to protect what little honour he has left] wants to crowd source how he should style his facial hair.

And if that wasn’t depressing enough, he’s received over 5000 comments for it.


Seriously, what the hell?

It’s so depressing that I hope he’s only doing this so he could find gullible fools to sell some shit product too.

Honestly, what next …

What tie should you wear to work?

What breakfast should you eat?

What condom should you wear?

On the bright side, if this is the standard of professionalism these days, then it just might mean I am no longer at the bottom of the table.

Sure, I might still be in the relegation places, but no longer at the bottom.

Thanks Linkedin.

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Similar to your previous LinkedIn post, I hope the author was being mischievous because the alternative is as depressing as learning his question received 5000 responses.

Comment by George

If Jason is looking to capture the cliche TV soap creepy bad guy, he’s nailed it with all his looks.

Comment by DH

also known as the agency fucking suit.

Comment by andy@cynic

His facial hair is fine (except B that makes him look like the drummer in Bon Jovi) but those ties make him look a dick.

Comment by Billy Whizz

He does look like the jovi drummer. And he married Eva Herzigova.

Comment by DH

He does look like Tico Torres.

Of course I know you knew I’d know his name but I’m very impressed/depressed you knew him enough to spot his doppelgänger.

As for his marriage to Eva, it only lasted 2 years and I suspect we will soon discover that parallels the time Eva had a rare eye disorder that stopped her ability to see properly. Maybe. Allegedly. Ahem.

Comment by Rob

You are definitely still at the bottom of the table.
Like forest will be by the end of the season.

Comment by Wayne Green

Good call Wayne.

Comment by DH

fuck me wayne, im fucking happy to see you. hope you got the letter.

Comment by andy@cynic

Yes. I’ll be in touch soon.

Comment by Wayne Green

Your insult makes me happy … but not because I like being insulted. Speak soon matey.

Comment by Rob

I hope your mothers anniversary was not too hard on you Rob. You wrote a beautiful post for her and she would be very proud.

As for this post, I echo George’s comment. Whatever the reality, I feel a sense of depression about it.

Comment by Lee Hill

To answer your questions

Not Birkenstocks
Oatmeal and fruit

Comment by John

good on you for being so honest about yourself doddsy. or should i call you needledick?

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Comment by John

Do you remember that planner called Kevin Pincock? You used to call him needledick until you found out he’d been a soldier in Ireland during the troubles then you called him Sir Kev. Hahaha.

Comment by Rob

he was still shit.

Comment by andy@cynic

Definitely A for me, I like a beard…

Anyway, the condom thing, it turns out that ‘violates the terms of the LinkedIn user agreement’ or some such. So I’m still none the wiser.

I’ll just have to ask Twitter as per usual!

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