LinkedIn Endorsements No Substitute for Hugs…Dad
Just last week, Todd McCabe’s dad finally joined LinkedIn. Since then, he’s been eager to add Todd, Todd’s friends and co-workers, family friends to his LinkedIn network. As a retired lawyer, Todd’s dad has no desire to forge business connections, nor does he intend to apply for any jobs. He’s simply a bored dad who procured a used Compaq laptop from a Best Buy geek.
Then it happened. Todd checked his LinkedIn feed Tuesday morning to see his dear old dad had endorsed him for ‘Networking’, ‘Presentations’, ‘Leadership’ and ‘New Business Development’. Two problems: First, Todd is a nurse. Second, it’s too little too late. You see, Todd is used to getting completely random endorsements from people he barely knows for skills he doesn’t have. But his own father?
“I’m sorry, but one year, he missed all of my soccer games – now, he connects with me on LinkedIn (under ‘colleague’, by the way), and thinks an endorsement of my ‘Lead Generation’ expertise makes it all go away? I mean, what about the time he couldn’t drive me to my best friend’s birthday party when he got home from a business trip? All he could say was ‘I got upgraded to first class this morning; what was I supposed to do, not drink??’ I’m sorry, Pop! I can’t just forget it all because you happened to believe I’m particularly skilled at ‘Salesforce’!
And, what about Mom? I hope she’s a first connection, because I certainly don’t remember you ever endorsing her for her ‘Hairdo’ ‘Outfit’ or ‘Cooking’?! Maybe you could send us a few InMails to make up for all the missed birthday and anniversary cards?! And this morning, LinkedIn asked if I would like to endorse my dad for ‘Communication’??
That’s a laugh – the last thing he told me was he was going out for a pack of cigarettes.”