I hate the #OPENTOWORK hashtag badge on LinkedIn.
It feels like white-collar panhandling.
It’s the worst networking innovation since Meetups for out-of-work Cup Scout leaders.
And who chose that puke moss green color?
It’s not an inviting sea foam green or handsome conjuring IVY.
It looks like some target sign that appears in Predator’s headset.
Plus, the dark olive-green badge drains your profile pic of all-electric edge.
Slap that #OPENTOWORK badge on Gweneth Paltrow’s pic and still evokes stained Avocado pits.
Mug shots offer more color contrast.
It looks like a sign you wear around your head in Game of Thrones while having apple pits thrown at your head. Shame on you, LinkedIn, shame.
Badges should scream earned respectability like one on a racehorse for winning the Derby.
Does the #OPENTOWORK badge feel like a prominent brand plug to you?
For me, it screams, please wait to swipe past my profile.
Good recruiters don’t need permission to make the 1st move on candidates. They’re not sweating the prospect of being charged with unwanted aggression through LinkedIn Recruiter.
Also, if the candidate is out of work due to recent layoffs in the tech space, isn’t the #OPENTOWORK badge option rubbing it in?
If my future wife wore an #OPENTONEWLOVE badge on her shirt when I approached her on Barry Diller’s balcony, it would’ve stripped the moment of all spontaneous charged lift.
“Hi, I’m Joshua; I work for CitySearch. I couldn’t help but notice your #OPENTONEWLOVE badge on your shirt. In other words, yes to flirty.”
Yes, to flirty, Challah. Thank you very much.
Your Favorite Headhunter Writer,