How To (Politely) Decline Requests For LinkedIn Recommendations

In addition to keeping you connected to previous–and possibly future–coworkers and employers and providing a one-stop shop for recruiters interested in learning more about your career path, social media networking giant LinkedIn is also an important place to amass recommendations from those who have firsthand knowledge of your work–or for giving glowing reviews of those you’ve worked with.

But when a former coworker, manager or direct report approaches you for a recommendation and you were less than enthusiastic about their work performance, it can feel like a sticky situation.

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