So the contacts will remain unnamed but I have to say there is a never ending stream of amusement on LinkedIn. Some people go for the throat in the form of a pitch without relationship building.
I’m trusting but not that trusting on the internet. I’ve been on the internet since before there were images… OK that does date me a bit but I was on during the net’s infancy. I’m very aware of scams and what job agencies require.
In the US we do not pay to get a job, that is considered a scam. We do not call people “sweetie” or “dear” or “darling”. There are literally only a handful of former colleagues and of course my own sweetie that I’ll allow to use that term.
I can literally count the number of sentences until a pitch will happen. They all start with hi and ask about my marital status, location and if I use Whatsapp. Sadly, I can also tell because of either a lack of capitalization or poor grammar and spelling. I tend to forgive typos and spelling but there is no excuse other than laziness for using “u” instead of the word “you” when you are chatting on a professional networking platform.
There are also things called respect and when someone says “no” or “no thank you” politely you don’t push and argue about the topic. Yes, I had one that pushed me to the break point and I was less than kind in an amusing way. I started a conversation on Cthulhu. Part of the conversation had to do with “puny gods” and the creation of the universe. I spent a good hour laughing.
If you are going to sell something, qualify your contacts to see why they are on the platform. A job, as a business owner or selling something themselves.
OK so yeah, some of this is amusing, especially my kid dressed up as Cthulhu and other parts are just something I needed to get out of my head which is what this site is about… call it a goal to do more writing too.