LinkedIn can be a cesspool of facades and self-important descriptions. But it’s also a goldmine for professional opportunities. It can help connect you to reputable experts in any number of fields, and can keep you hopeful about job prospects.
But sometimes it’s annoying, and even stressful, to figure out whose LinkedIn connections to accept and whose to ignore. I’ve taken to ignoring some requests for weeks, then engaging in some twisted Rorschach test as I analyze each person—a sales rep, my former classmate, that dude I dated 10 years ago—via completely arbitrary standards.
What should be a very simple decision quickly becomes an energy suck. Yes, you worked together, but you couldn’t stand him—rude to decline? She went to your university but you’ve never met her—worth the connection? He wants to work for you, but you’re not hiring—keep him around? He was a really good kisser—but wtf, this is LinkedIn?