The problem with that? I don’t really know them. Yeah, I’m connected with them but only on Linked In. We are not connected on any other SM platform, we never engage one another, until now, I’ve never received an email or DM from this person. EVER!
Here is the email:
I’m sending this to ask you for a brief recommendation of my work that I can include in my LinkedIn profile. If you have any questions, let me know.
Thanks in advance for helping me out.
Ms. X (not her real name)
I was tempted to respond with, “My only question is, ‘What would you like me to write?’”
Instead, I responded with:
Dear Ms. X,
While I appreciate the connection with you and the request to recommend you, I am going to have to decline. I cannot, with a clear conscience, do that. Not without knowing you or your work to the degree where I would feel comfortable doing so.
I do wish you well.
You may be thinking “That is totally rude of you, Susan.” But I say, NAY!
How could I pull something out of the air and recommend someone that I hardly know. That’s like recommending a doctor, dentist, lawyer or whatever, to one of your friends without first-hand knowledge or experience of them or their services. It just doesn’t make sense.
Social Media is about engagement. Engaging and staying connected throughout our platforms. We are hanging out on a weekly, sometimes daily basis. We hear about each others businesses, what’s going on with each other, in our worlds, (children, family, pets) and we know, trust and hopefully like our community. Our trusted network. THEN, we can in good conscience, recommend them to our other friends.
This is the only way these things work.
Check out Laurie Ruettimann’s post on Linked In Recommendations. I love it. And, I totally agree.
By the way, do Linked In recommendations really make a difference? I’d love to hear from you, especially from you Recruiters and HR practitioners……
(stay tuned for “5 Reasons Why I Hate Linked In” coming soon)
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