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    I have heard mixed opinions on this subject and wanted to canvas TSR about it.

    Basically, I come from a very humble background - comprehensive educated etc and I have earned 2 degrees and I am a member of a professional organisation. I worked phenomenally hard to achieve this and to get to the level that I'm at.

    Anyhow, I have a linkedin profile and have noticed that some of my connections use post nominals (B.Sc, MSc, PhD etc) whilst others just list their degrees in the academic section.

    Since I worked really hard and I'm proud of what I've done, I kind of want to use my post nominals. But some people seem to think it's immodest and shouldn't be done/comes across as arrogant.

    I'm not arrogant or flashy etc. I just worked hard and earned the right to use post nominals, so why not?

    What are people's views on them?
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    (Original post by KatieBlogger)
    I have heard mixed opinions on this subject and wanted to canvas TSR about it.

    Basically, I come from a very humble background - comprehensive educated etc and I have earned 2 degrees and I am a member of a professional organisation. I worked phenomenally hard to achieve this and to get to the level that I'm at.

    Anyhow, I have a linkedin profile and have noticed that some of my connections use post nominals (B.Sc, MSc, PhD etc) whilst others just list their degrees in the academic section.

    Since I worked really hard and I'm proud of what I've done, I kind of want to use my post nominals. But some people seem to think it's immodest and shouldn't be done/comes across as arrogant.

    I'm not arrogant or flashy etc. I just worked hard and earned the right to use post nominals, so why not?

    What are people's views on them?
    Personally, it looks like a brag and too showwy. I'm especially perplexed when I see someone put B.Sc next to their name now that so many people are going to uni as it is - certainly not a rare enough achievement, as it used to be, to warrant a post-nominal.

    Having an education section with your degrees is enough, in most cases. Maybe, post-nominals for a PhD but even then it looks slightly boastful.


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    It seems to vary by industry/sector. I have my 3 degrees on there, but not professional memberships. A single 'BSc' or 'BA' etc would look strange.
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    Unless it is an industry norm, I'd avoid it. The reality is most jobs don't need a degree/professional qualification, and so what is the relevance to your career? Others that do, everyone will have it, so does it really differentiate yourself from others?

    If you wouldn't have it on a business card or in a title on a professional article/publication, then it shouldn't be on a LinkedIn name/title.

    You can show your academic prowess on LinkedIn by adding details of your academics to that section.


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    (Original post by KatieBlogger)
    What are people's views on them?
    Does anyone actually use LinkedIn other than recruitment agents? I have a profile. I have never used LinkedIn. I have loads of connections from people I don't know. I don't see the point. I wouldn't fret. LinkedIn is one of those things everyone says you have to have, but no one can quite tell you why.
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    No, you don't use your post nominals in this sort of situation. it's not a matter of pride - it's a matter of where post nominals are used, and that is only in formal situations. it's the same as you don't put your post nominals at the top of your CV after your name.
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    (Original post by ByEeek)
    Does anyone actually use LinkedIn other than recruitment agents? I have a profile. I have never used LinkedIn. I have loads of connections from people I don't know. I don't see the point. I wouldn't fret. LinkedIn is one of those things everyone says you have to have, but no one can quite tell you why.
    Along with a bunch of recruiters I don't know (some of whom have cold-called me with job opportunities) I use it as a first-pass check of peoples' backgrounds, experience and qualifications. It's good for putting names to faces if you've been emailing someone. They advertise a lot of jobs which are relevant to me and I had several interviews from applications I made through the site the last time I was looking for a new job. The 1-month free Premium shows a lot more information. I use it to provide more information about projects I've worked on which supplements my cv. I use it to connect in the first instance with people working in my field who I want to communicate with.

    If you never use the site, as you say, then obviously you won't be getting any benefit from it.
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    (Original post by threeportdrift)
    No, you don't use your post nominals in this sort of situation. it's not a matter of pride - it's a matter of where post nominals are used, and that is only in formal situations. it's the same as you don't put your post nominals at the top of your CV after your name.
    Post-nominals aren't just for formal occasions any more - on LinkedIn they are a very quick way of showing your competence (professional memberships, chartered status, significant academic recognition etc). Engineering, HSEQ and ex-military are three sectors which use them a lot.
 
 
 
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