Another Bad LinkedIn Connection Request
The flood of connection building invitations continues. I generally ignore them, but today I decided to respond to one. Name has been changed to protect the guilty.
I'd like to add you to my professional network. - Frank Jones
I knew immediately that I don't know Frank Jones. I went to his profile and saw that he was a recruiter and in the Detroit area. So I sent a reply with my "Detroit Rule."
Frank - thanks for the invite. As I don't think I know you, and you are in the Detroit area, I have to invoke my "Connection invitations from people in the Detroit area that I don't know" rule. Which means in order to accept, I have to know you. And that can be accomplished by meeting for coffee or lunch. If you'd like, please reply back with some dates and times. I live near Orchard Lake and Maple, and my office is at 13 and Telegraph.
I've written in the past about my Detroit Rule. I like to tell them where I live and where my office is located. That will help them if they want to suggest a place.
Then comes the reply:
Thanks Joel, I understand . . I network with many professionals being an executive recruiter in tax, acconting, and finance. Coffee sounds great, but I don't get out of my office that often. When I do, I'll give you a heads up and we'll see if timing is good. Enjoy your day.
Give me a break. What recruiter doesn't get out of their office much? Which isn't the point. This is someone who sees as I'm a partner in a CPA firm and is hoping to send resumes to me. If you can't bother to try and establish a relationship, then why bother.
I hit Ignore.
(I know it has been a long time since I posted. Will try to write more regularly.)
Joel M. Ungar, CPA is a lifelong resident of the Detroit area and a graduate of The University of Michigan. He is a principal with Silberstein Ungar, PLLC, a Top 15 auditor of SEC public reporting companies. Joel writes observations on different matters and especially on working with and using LinkedIn. He thinks he has a sense of humor.