My linked in is blowing up
May 11, 2011 8:41 PM Subscribe
I have had a rash of contacts in the last few days asking about a specific job at my company. I sort of know the hiring manager, but not well enough to just send every random person his way. Basically, I want to blow off these networking inquiries from my colleagues and acquaintances, but maintain cordial relations. How do I handle this delicate task?
posted by rainydayfilms to Human Relations (18 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
In particular, one person is really not someone I want to recommend. Let's call my networking acquaintance Nancy, and the hiring manager Joe.
1. I don't particularly like Nancy, nor do I think she will fit in well at the company (let's say "not a team player") and I don't want to refer someone that I don't strongly recommend.*
2. I've been sending a lot of people to Joe for informational interviews, etc. and I don't know Joe well enough to know if this is networking fatigue for him. I think I should limit my referrals to Joe to a handful a year at the most. (honestly, someday I may want to work for Joe, and I care more about that contact.)
3. Despite the fact that I want to politely blow her off, I would like Nancy to be available to me in my network in case I had a professional question, etc. and I don't want to burn any bridges.
How would you handle this?
*I have been burned in the past by people recommending terrible candidates to me. I think it reflects poorly on the recommender, so I try to never, ever do that and maintain my integrity within the world of professional networking (as silly as that sounds)