Worst LinkedIn Recommendation… Ever.

July 12th, 2010 | by Jason Alba |

I found some Recommendations in my LinkedIn Inbox from a while ago.  Not sure why I was sitting on them but on Friday I decided to clean them out – approving all but two.  The first I deleted was what I posted on last Friday… my favorite LinkedIn Recommendation :)  This is the second one I’m deleting:


Some points:

  • I don’t know this person (yes, I have since disconnected)
  • Cheap? Guru?  Look at the person’s profile… lots of spelling errors.
  • I don’t do SEO.. this is a clear violation of trust – he/she is just trying to get their SEO stuff and link on MY profile.
  • The “recommendation” doesn’t talk about me at all – it’s all about SEO services.
  • Year first hired: 2008?  NO.  I did not ever hire this person, and they didn’t hire me.

Yuck.  Makes me want to puke.  Prateek needs to go back to MySpace.

  1. 3 Responses to “Worst LinkedIn Recommendation… Ever.”

  2. By Rick VanGameren on Jul 12, 2010 | Reply

    I was surprised to see that Prateek’s recommendation of you shows up on his/her profile.


    i think LI shouldn’t display it on the recommenders profile until the recommendee accepts it.

  3. By Tim Esse on Jul 12, 2010 | Reply

    The one I can’t figure out is people who I have never interacted with asking for recommendations. I almost feel like do a recommendation saying ” doesn’t have a clue” but then why be mean…

  4. By Jason Alba on Sep 3, 2010 | Reply

    @Rick- I haven’t poked around but I totally agree with you – bad design.

    @Tim – that’s why I wrote this awesome post: http://imonlinkedinnowwhat.com/2009/08/03/model-of-a-letter-of-recommendation-of-a-person-you-are-unacquainted-with-benjamin-franklin/

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