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Ugh... if you really think this book looks interesting, check it out at the Library FIRST!!
on July 8, 2011
I really had high hopes for this book because of the amount of positive reviews and lack of negative reviews.
I was extremely disappointed when I received it.
If you've never used LinkedIn, and don't have any idea what it is, this book might be right for you. My guess is that if you're are looking to buy this book, you are already on LinkedIn, and want to enhance what you are doing. I fit that description - I'm not a power user, but I want to step up my networking and marketability. I can honestly say that I did not get one actionable takeaway or good idea. This book adds nothing new and is rehashed content you can find on the internet.
One other point - there is a lot of fluff in the book: "blown up"/oversized screenshots, white space and blank pages. This is more of a 50-100 page free e-book than a full length book.
In fairness to the author, there is a checklist of getting started with LinkedIn which could be helpful to a LinkedIn newbie as far as basic things to complete and a general plan of attack. However, I think this can be figured out from many of the resources on the web and just getting started on LinkedIn by signing in and giving it a try.
If you are still seriously considering purchasing this book, my advice is to check out a copy at the library first, and then see if it's worth keeping.
This is a first for me, but Amazon is getting a return of this book!