Why do we #connect on #LinkedIn? Is “500+ connections” is just a tag? Or do we actually use this #platform to professionally #help each other? I have mixed #experiences. Here’s one for you to comment on!
At a certain point in my career, I was applying for some jobs on LinkedIn, and it suggested me that I can always ask for a recommendation from someone on my network working in the same organization. And I thought this is a good opportunity.
The person I knew, did not reply, and I was fine with it. I saw we had a conversation a year or so earlier which did not end because I missed the person’s last ping. I felt bad about it and took it as deserved not to receive a reply this time. And I am on apologized to this individual right after posting in on LinkedIn.
The other individual who I do not know personally also ignored my message. And I asked in my next message, if I am right in asking the person’s recommendation. Then I received a very polite and assertive reply that since the person does not know me personally, s/he cannot endorse me. And here began my confusion.
I always took LinkedIn as a platform where people come to meet and know each other. I personally have recommended a lot of people I do not know personally, if asked, after visiting their profile carefully and studying it. I have recommended some people to jobs in the organizations I have worked for, when approached and requested with their CVs, after visiting their profile, often suggesting some changes to their profile that would bring more clarity. My current organization #DuPont has a very dynamic work culture and our HR encourages us to share job postings on social networks to attract more talents, we call it RippleHire internally and it is a huge success in DuPont Service Center India here. And ethically we are bound to research the profiles before referring them to a job in DuPont as Core Values are of the highest standard in my organization.
So, it confuses me sometimes, when someone replies while being connected on this platform that we do not know each other. I am so much pushed from inside to ask, then why are we connected? And isn’t this then the perfect time to know each other?
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