People continue to amaze me. And, unfortunately, not always in a good way.
LinkedIn is, as defined by Google:
… the world’s largest professional network with millions of members and growing rapidly. We can help you: Establish your professional profile and control one of the top search results for your name. Build and maintain a broader network of professionals you can trust.
The key word here is “professional network”. A professional network, as defined by Wikipedia:
… is a type of social network service that is focused solely on interactions and relationships of a business nature rather than including personal, nonbusiness interactions
Check out this beauty of a LinkedIn message I received on Friday:
Since when has LinkedIn started allowing this? I guess they don’t and can’t control what people do. But… What made this person think it was ok for them to solicit an “honest and happy relationship” on LinkedIn? Let alone, send it to about 10 different people in bulk?
If being a recruiter has taught me anything, it is to personalize every message you write to target your audience. This person obviously didn’t heed this lesson. Oh, the irony.