Has LinkedIn Crossed An Ethical Line?
Karina Sengupta stashed this in Bizzniss
Interesting take on whether charging for linkedin's premium services is ethical as it rewards those willing to shell out a few more bucks, rather than rewarding the most deserving. thoughts are welcome!
I don't think of it as unethical. I think of it as opportunistic.
I don't believe LinkedIn was ever intended for the deserving over those who can pay.
It has always been business-focused, as long as I can remember. Almost 10 years!
As long as it is transparent that those profiles on top are paid - I think it is OK. Also, from financial standpoint - I am, possibly, making assumptions, but I suspect those jobs that are posted on LinkedIn are paid decent enough wage to afford potential candidates to shell out a fee for a couple of months. If this system is designed correctly, it should be self-regulating - why would a company hire an "undeserving" candidate? And why would a candidate keep paying the fee if they get no valuable leads?
I think you're right, Masha. And yes, transparency is key to ethics.