Have you ever gotten a weird request to “recommend” someone on LinkedIn? I have a fairly large network with people I don’t know (usually they have read my stuff, or heard me speak), and every once in a while I get an email with this:
So, what do you do?
My first inclination was to feel like this person was spamming me, OR that they were asking for something that they shouldn’t have (“no, I can’t recommend you – we never worked together, and I’m not going to make something up!”).
Then I realized that this happened because there are a few places on LinkedIn that make it easy for you to blanket-request your network to give you a Recommendation.
In other words, this person probably just hit a button that said “ask people for a Recommendation”…
Therefore, I figure, he doesn’t even know he asked me. It might have been a mistake, or he might be uncomfortable knowing he asked me (since we don’t know one another)…
I figure it was an honest, easy-to-make mistake, and I do one thing:
I delete his message.
I don’t write back and lecture him, or ask him for more information… I simply delete it.
And, because they don’t know they even sent me the request, they don’t miss anything from me. It goes away.
So, my advice is to just delete the request (if you don’t know the person) and just move on