Don’t worry about upgrading to the paid level of service. This level is designed for recruiters and marketers, not job seekers. LinkedIn has an enormous amount of utility for job seekers at the free level of service.
Interesting… I tell job seekers to not upgrade, however, about a year ago I was comped an upgrade and fell in love with the upgrade features. Why? Because I started doing more prospecting on LinkedIn, and the features were right for me.
When I wasn’t using the searching and communication as much (which I do when I prospect), these upgrade features weren’t as important.
If you are a savvy senior-level professional who is really going to use LinkedIn, I bet you’d get good value out of the upgrade. If you aren’t ready to really use it yet, you probably won’t.
I’ll be renewing my upgrade…. but I might try an experiment first (going to free to see if I can find any pain that makes me want to upgrade).
By the way, if you are still trying to figure out what the heck you should do on LinkedIn, get my LinkedIn DVD. You’ll know what you can and should do after watching it.