I got this email from someone on a webinar I recently did:
I often get emails saying that someone I know has endorsed me for a particular skill (the boxes, not a written recommendation). I’ve wondered if there is etiquette for this situation. I assume that if you want to use it as a way to connect with that person you have a perfect opening. If not, should you say thanks? Honestly, in many cases it isn’t really a meaningful endorsement.
I just delete them.
I don’t think anyone expects a thank you. It is so easy to give endorsements… and I think you are right: “it isn’t really a meaningful endorsement.”
You are also right with this: “I assume that if you want to use it as a way to connect with that person you have a perfect opening.”
So yeah, if you want to use it as an opportunity to further a relationship, respond. Otherwise delete the email notification from LinkedIn.
I don’t think you’ll burn bridges.
It is quite different, though, with Recommendations.