Story #1A couple months ago, my company announced we were looking to hire a product developer. As you'd expect, a bunch of people came out of the woodwork to "buddy up" to me.
I thought, "cool, I'm popular!" and agreed to help them out. They doused me with questions and requests to look over their applications, which I answered and reviewed accordingly.
All said and done, we ended up not hiring anyone. Interestingly, not even one person who initially reached out to me has kept in regular contact.
So my dad's company is about to lay people off. As he's sitting around in a 30 minute meeting, he looks at his email to find around 12 LinkedIn requests - all from people at his company.
(Update: the last time I checked, he got 16 more requests. Maybe even more, now.)
Here's the thing - some of these LinkedIn requests were from people he's never even met before.
Some were even managers and VP's. Not the kind of people you'd expect would resort to such tactics.
I don't blame anyoneIt's easy to say, "they shouldn't do this," or "they need to do that." But let's face it, most people won't listen.
Now that you know how "normal" people behave, you can consciously choose to stand out.