The best of LinkedIn

I enjoy following this Twitter account that posts screenshots of ridiculous posts made by LinkedIn users. Some people on that social networking site share humblebrags and made up stories in order to get tons of likes. Fortunately, LinkedIn allows you to block them, so you don’t need to see that type of content.

In my post on social media, I promised to write an article on my experience with private messages on LinkedIn. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind responding to users who have read my profile and want to talk about my work or qualifications. However, there are many people who think it’s okay to send me irrelevant messages immediately after connecting. They obviously send the same stuff to lots of people and hope that at least some of them respond. Since I find it quite annoying, I just ignore the messages and never open the links.

The best of LinkedIn

Other LinkedIn users’ complaints about receiving this kind of spam inspired me to trawl through my inbox, and I would like to share some of the ‘best’ messages with you. My intention is to have lighthearted fun and not to focus on the individuals, so I have redacted their names and other data that could be used to identify them.

The Lazy Recruiter

Dear Martin,

I’m <NAME>, Senior Recruitment from <COMPANY>. We’re looking for a lead teacher will be a part of a team for online teaching and Learning Center in LATAM. I would like to provide you a warm welcome to the selection process for the vacancy. We were looking at your profile and we see that you comply with the required job description. I’ll share the profile link with the description: <URL>

This position requires the person to be from the USA or Canada. If you are interested to continue with the process please send your resume at: <email> and your salary expectation.

Best Regards!

This is why I am reluctant to accept connection requests from recruiters. This one claimed to have read my profile and then offered me the option to apply for a position that requires the candidate to be from the USA or Canada. I have never even visited those two countries.

The Eager Improver

Hi this is my telegram channel for learning English

I would be so happy to teach you some skills for improving your level especially for international exams such as IELTS , TOEFL , GRE Please follow 👇👇

<URL>

What a flawless plan for making friends among teachers! I really appreciate the offer to improve my level.

The Aspiring Philosopher

Hello José. Good evening! It is a great pleasure to meet you here. I hope that we use this platform like a good seed that would make a good crop. As professionals, we could use this opportunity for mutual benefits as well as bringing our humble contribution to face the complicated situation the world has found itself following the pandemic. This three-headed global crisis that we are facing,namely the health, environmental and economic crisis, has revealed more than before the real world of unsustainability, injustice and inequity. We should all stand up and confront this collosal challenge to ensure that we leave a better world to the generations to come. How are you doing?

How do you see the situation of the pandemic unfolding?

Best regards

<NAME>

When I was fourteen, a classmate of mine copied someone’s homework and didn’t even bother to change the original’s author name. This copy & paste expert’s message reminded me of that situation. In addition, I have no idea what this person was trying to achieve with the pandemic stuff.

The Proud Pole

Dzień dobry. Nie znamy się i od razu proszę wybaczyć mi otwartość, ale chcę zadać Panu 2 pytania: Czy oprócz tego, co robi pan zawodowo, bierze pan pod uwagę prowadzenie dodatkowej działalności, by mieć dywersyfikację dochodów (branża e-commerce) i czy ewentualnie jeśli temat wyda się panu ciekawy znajdzie pan na niego czas? Szukam ludzi chętnych do współpracy. Nie chcę niczego obiecywać, ale może będzie to coś dla Pana. Pozdrawiam serdecznie 🙂

There is nothing wrong with being proud of your native language. However, sending that kind of message to someone who doesn’t mention Poland or the Polish language in their profile probably isn’t the best idea.

The Freeloading Writer

Dear Mr. Hajek,

I would like to write a series of letters in order to publish them in future.

I would be most grateful if you could help me in editing some long or short imaginary letters or real trip itinerary letters that I might send you sometimes.

Please let me know if you have free time.

Best wishes,

<NAME>

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Here is an example:

23 August 2017 an itinerary

It happened that my son and I received officially our Schengen Visas from the Italian embassy to visit Europe for 13 days in August 2017.

I found the situation new as I sensed I am entering a modern world to visit the collection of art of Europe in Rome, the land of Dante and Boccaccio. Arriving at the Isfahan airport at 11:30 pm, they checked us in and we finally went aboard the plane at 2 am. Istanbul was the first destination,then transfer would happen. The schedule was quite a bit different. My son’s seat was far ahead of me and my seat was behind . We asked the flight attendant to put our seats next to each other so as my son could take care of me and he agreed. We were happy to travel by Turkish Airlines. All was good so far. The speed monitor showed 1,000.00 km/h = 621.37 mph . Outside was quite dark except the cities which were shining brightly down like the spots of the pearls that gave me a feeling of void through space. It was like a Genesis dream. Only a gorgeous flight attendant girl was alert and almost all passengers around me were sleeping. 250 passengers were on board as the co_pilot announced.

To be continued

This is actually a pretty sound business plan. Do you want to publish something without paying for an editor? Just ask random strangers from the internet for free samples!

The Confused One

Dear Ms. Hajek,

Would you please fill out this questionnaire that applies to English language teachers.

I appreciate your contribution alot.

Best regards,

<NAME>

<URL>

I thought the combination of my first name and profile photo was more than enough to give a clear clue about my gender identity. I was wrong.

Using social media as an English teacher

I try to avoid posting personal stuff on social media. In fact, I have never opened an Instagram account and plan to keep it that way. I’m not a complete Luddite and understand that it’s important to be active online when you are a blogger, so I decided to write this post about my experience with using social networks for professional purposes, particularly in relation to TEFL in Colombia.

Using social media as an English teacher

Facebook
ENGLISH TEACHERS IN COLOMBIA is the biggest group for teachers here in Colombia. The problem is that there are so many new posts every day, and most of aren’t really relevant. You can find some interesting job offers posted in the group, though. Actually, I got my first teaching position in Colombia thanks to this Facebook group. It’s worth searching it for information about employers and see what has been written about them.

If you receive an offer from a private language institute, you should definitely use the search function in Blacklist of Colombian Language Institutes and hope that there aren’t any results. The group isn’t updated that often, but you can read about negative experiences with some employers. It’s always a good idea to do your research to avoid finding yourself in an unpleasant situation.

When it comes to content that isn’t related to Colombia, I really like the DELTA & DipTESOL – Candidates & Survivors group because it contains a lot of helpful information for teachers interested in obtaining advanced qualifications. I also joined TEFL Equity Advocates & Academy Group, which is dedicated to dealing with native speakerism.

My blog’s Facebook page is followed mainly by my friends. I haven’t really tried to attract strangers to it because I only post links to new posts there. I know that I could get more visitors to the blog by posting links to my articles to Facebook groups. However, that would require me to get involved in online discussions, which isn’t something that I have a lot of time for at the moment.

Twitter
I opened my account in May 2020 after making the decision to create this blog. I have to say that I have been pleasantly surprised by Twitter, mainly thanks to the fact that it’s so easy to get involved in conversations. Posts about politics don’t interest me, so I try to follow only accounts that focus on content relevant to ELT. I use my account for promoting new posts on this blog and sharing links that might interest fellow teachers. There is a huge online community of English teachers on Twitter, so you have a chance to bounce your ideas off others, which I think is great.

LinkedIn
This professional social network can definitely be useful in terms of getting in touch with teachers from all over the world. Most of my connections are involved in education, which means that I often encounter thought-provoking content. I use my profile only for activities relevant to my profession. While I enjoy using LinkedIn, there is something that annoys me about this network, and that is the fact that many people think it’s okay to spam my inbox with unsolicited offers. I think this bizarre practice deserves its own blog post, which I’m going to publish in a couple of weeks.

Reddit
I found out about r/TEFL only a few months ago. I don’t have a Reddit account because I am worried it would lead to procrastination (see this video by Viva La Dirt League), but it isn’t necessary to be a registered user to read the content. However, most of the posts on r/TEFL seem to be from aspiring teachers asking repetitive questions about working in Asia, which doesn’t really interest me. However, if you use the search function, you can find some pretty useful posts on teaching practice and advanced certifications. Colombia doesn’t receive that much attention there, and even r/tefl_blacklist doesn’t include any entry from this country. There are other subs like r/linguistics and r/grammar, which some readers may find helpful.