Monday, February 6, 2012

What can happen to your recommendations on LinkedIn

If you are on LinkedIn you understand its use. If not than I’ll explain it. In short it is a business and professional networking social media type tool. You can connect with like-minded professionals with the intent on upward mobility or just searching for a job.

I joined it years ago after retirement thinking I might consult. I logon infrequently now – usually to accept a connection or participate in group discussions.

My point here deals with one aspect of LinkedIn. You can request recommendations/references that make your resume style profile more enticing to employers or clients. For example if you are a realtor you can get accolades for how successfully you handled a sale or purchase.

The only request for a recommendation I ever had was from Sam Rasoul CFO of Kissito Healthcare. Now I know Rasoul not as a colleague but from a few various interactions through the years.

This was on December 4 way before knowing his intention to run for Mayor of Roanoke. So I wrote a very nice recommendation and forgot about it from then on only to see it resurface.

On February 3 it became an endorsement that looked like an endorsement of The Roanoke Star-Sentinel, a weekly newspaper where I freelance. I didn’t see it hit my mailbox on Friday. I first came across it on the Blue Ridge Caucus Sunday.

Needless to say I was surprised to see the recommendation meant to be used for furthering Sam’s career and instead being used as a political endorsement. I now removed the recommendation after some fumbling on figuring out how.

Lesson learned … LinkedIn recommendations could be used for other than what is intended so beware. I would have appreciated at least an inquiry on using it for another purpose.

PS: Just read Sandi Saunders comment on Blue Ridge Caucus after my complaint – I see she is a “Jackson Ax” fan – LOL Sandi. I’m feeling better now.

Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Commentary

Tags: ,

Comments (2)


February 7th, 2012 at 5:52 PM    

Val, does it truly surprse you? It is coming from a person who lives in Botetourt county and ran for the mayor of Roanoke. It cannot possibly surprise you!!!!!!!!!!!


February 7th, 2012 at 6:25 PM    

Well Jason yes I was surprised. It never crossed my mind.

Comments are not moderated. Notify any abuse at put ABUSE in the subject and the offensive post.

Leave a Reply