I have occasionally read stories of women getting hit on via LinkedIn, which has always struck me as really strange.
Now, I’m not referring to someone you know reaching out via this method, to gauge interest. Or reaching out to someone – let’s say, one who got away 20 years ago, who you still think about, in a (vain) attempt to reconnect, maybe to see if they are single, etcetera, just to have them accept your friend request then never respond to your email.
Not that I’m speaking from experience on the latter. Who, me?
What I’m talking about is random men asking to connect, then hitting on you. I guess it never happened to me because I make a point of only connecting with those who a) I have worked with, b) are family or good friends, or c) who work for my company. If you don’t fall into those three categories, I am not becoming your contact.
(Which reminds me, I was an early adopter of LinkedIn…one of the first 500,000 users. I know this because they sent me a nice email a while ago to say thank you.)
Anyway, one day several weeks ago, I was on the site, accepting / declining requests. I was doing it too quickly and before I knew it, had accepted the invitation from a man I didn’t know. I looked at his profile afterwards to see why he might want to reach out – and he’s in a different location and is in a different field.
I got sidetracked, moved on, and didn’t think anything of it.
Until I got this message:
My first inclination was that he wasn’t trying to hit on me. Then I read it again. I read his profile – laughing out loud when I saw that one of my colleagues was also a contact. Shotgun approach, anyone?
I’m pretty sure he’s a catfish, since I think Engineers from the USA can write full sentences.
If I had the time, I might play for a bit to see what his story is…but even then, my time is worth more than that.
However, I think it was worth posting here, for a laugh. Have any of you ever been hit on in this manner, by a stranger?