Re: Dilemma - LinkedIn Requests

Subject: Re: Dilemma - LinkedIn Requests
From: Bill Swallow <techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: William Sherman <bsherman77 -at- embarqmail -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2011 10:49:20 -0400

Did you part in good/fair standing or was it a bloody separation? ;-)

Here's the deal: Networking is a good thing, and while some people are
associated with bad experiences, if there's no ill will and they will
either write a recommendation or speak positively about you, then you
have nothing to lose.

Layoffs happen. If there's no reason to avoid them aside from them
being management at a time you were laid off, then there's no reason
to avoid them. It can even be seen as a positive, that you nor they
harbor any resentment. Heck, I connected with the CEO of the company
that kicked me to the curb, well after the layoff. We're both in new
roles at new companies.

There's friendship and then there's networking. If you can get a good
word passed along about you, it's all good.

Them's my 2 pennies.


On Tue, Sep 13, 2011 at 8:31 AM, William Sherman
<bsherman77 -at- embarqmail -dot- com> wrote:
> We all know that in all this social networking, you get requests from people with whom you may not have had any real contact or you may not even want contact.  But unlike Facebook and others, LinkedIn is a means to get jobs and you do hate to cut off job possibilities.
> However, I have recently gotten requests from several bosses at a previous job that went downhill fast. They brought in a bunch of people to do an almost impossible job, then had a mess of management, and began firing people left and right over the second half of the project to cover themselves and buying time.
> A couple I liked but some others I thought did a really poor job of supporting the group and then removed people to cover their own mistakes, often calling them at home to not come in anymore, or meeting them at the door and walking them back out. No two week notice or even one day notices.
> Now the positive side of me says they recognized that we were doing a good job in spite of the conditions, and it was just the nature of that job (cut people to use as an excuse to buy time on the project), and they hold no grudges and would like to keep contact for future jobs.
> The negative side of me looks at this as they are so pointed haired boss like that they don't even remember they eliminated us in massive cuts.  And why would I want to have contact with people who did massive cuts and don't even think that is an issue in being our "friend" and business contact?
> And when I say massive cuts, I don't mean I'm mad because they cut me and maybe a friend, they cut about 90% of the group, or about 40 people over a 2 month period.
> I really don't know which way on this.

Bill Swallow

Twitter: @techcommdood

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