Giving recommendations for people you know is, to many people, an insignificant aspect of ones professional career. However, who you recommend will always have a positive or negative impact on how others view you.
The people you choose to recommend are a reflection on you and your brand.
I have had many people over the last few years ask me to “put in a good word” for them with a company that is hiring. Sometimes, the people asking for the recommendation are people who I would not feel comfortable recommending. It can be a tricky situation to handle, especially if the person is a friend or good acquaintance. However, just because someone is a friend or acquaintance doesn’t mean you should feel obligated to recommend them.
You can’t take recommendations with a grain of a salt. Because recommendations can really affect your career, before you recommend someone you should consider these points: (more…)