I recently received an email from one of my LinkedIn Connections, asking me to refer work his way. He was very specific about the types of work he was interested in acquiring. At the end of his email to me, he noted that referrals work both ways, so he, of course, would be happy to return the favor.
I hadn’t heard from him in 10 months. Not a peep. Not since the last time he needed me to step up on his behalf since he was contemplating moving out of state and wanted me to hook him up with individuals who might help him find a senior position.
I didn’t respond. I didn’t act on his request. I didn’t feel obligated to come to his rescue. Again.