Dear Lifehacker. People keep endorsing me for skills on LinkedIn, but I never endorse anyone back. Am I a bad person? Thanks, Linked Out
I just checked my own LinkedIn profile, and I have been endorsed for skills which I manifestly don't have (public relations) and by people who could not possibly know if I possess the relevant talent or not. LinkedIn's endorsement system isn't exactly robust, and far too many people randomly assign endorsements to people they know only fleetingly or don't know at all.
So no: you're not a bad person for not endorsing others when they endorse you. Far better to stay out of the system altogether than to approach it out of a sense of obligation. Ignore the pop-up requests and get on with your career.
While it can be nice for your ego to be told "you're good at X", when it comes to actually scoring a job, that's not likely to get you over the line. In a job interview, you don't want to say "20 people have endorsed me on LinkedIn for my crisis management skills"; you want to give specific, measured examples of how you dealt with a crisis. LinkedIn is a very useful tool, but that doesn't mean every aspect is equally well thought-out, or that you have to buy into every detail.
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