Every once in awhile, my friends reach out to me for advice on their career choices. It used to be internship decisions back when we were in school, but now we’re “real” adults
I recently got an email from a friend seeking advice on a LinkedIn question. I love the ins and outs of LinkedIn etiquette, so I was more than happy to help.
A guy my friend knows through networking circles recently sent her a LinkedIn message recently asking for a written endorsement of his marketing skills. My friend let me know that the man had supported the organization where she worked by retweeting their tweets and liking their posts on Facebook, but had in no way served in an official role. My friend didn’t feel that she could honestly vouch for him, but didn’t want to lose his support of her organization.
Here was my recommendation for an honest but diplomatic response:
Thank you so much for reaching out! I know I speak for everyone when I say that we love having your support. However, since I have not worked with you in an official capacity, I don’t feel that I can properly vouch for your skills. I hope that makes sense, but please feel free to follow up with questions. Best of luck!
What do you think? How would you have handled it?
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