Stupid LinkedIn Mistakes: Trying to Get Recommendations from People You Don’t Know |

If you want to look like a poser, Try asking people who would find it impossible to know your work to recommend you and see what happens.

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I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I'm back today with more job search advice to help you perform at a higher level in your search and find that next opportunity much more quickly.

And today's video is one of those stupid LinkedIn mistakes people make. This one, I've been on the receiving end of this many, many times and, sometimes it comes from people who are overseas. Sometimes it comes from people locally. But no matter. It's one of those stupid things. You just have to think this through for a second to understand how dumb it is. And it's the mistake of asking people who have no way of knowing what your work is like to write a recommendation for you on LinkedIn.

Now, I sometimes well, originally, this was a very popular tactic with overseas workers contacting US-based connections, or people that were in their network in the US and asking for a recommendation. And I remember, I got to a point where I responded back by saying, "How do you think someone like me could write a recommendation for your work?"

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"Well, you could talk about my this. You could talk about that!"

"How do you think someone looking at my recommendation would understand I really knew anything about your work?" And there was silence on the other end. . . And that's the problem. You think you're going to game the system . . . but people discover, when they see these bogus recommendations from people who are in another country with whom you've had, you know, there's no employer overlap, and they pause for a second and go, "fake recommendation. This one's fake. And what else here is fake?" At which point they get you off the screen. If that's what you want, go for it, but stop for a second and ask yourself, how would I write a recommendation for someone in Mumbai? Or how would I write a recommendation for someone in Australia? Or Poland? Or the Middle East? How would I claimed to have any knowledge of their work? What would you want me to say? "He's a really good guy. She is terrific. " What does that mean?

When you ask for LinkedIn recommendations from people you don't know, you seem foolish. I'm telling you, you seem foolish. I know I don't write them. But think about it. If you start to get them, what good is it going to you? Because people will see as the poser you really are.

I hope you found this helpful. I'm Jeff Altman. And if you're interested in my coaching you, reach out to me through LinkedIn at LinkedIn Once we are connected, message that you're interested in coaching; we'll set up time for free discovery call.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1600 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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