My co-worker has a visa situation - if he does not get the Visa this time around, he is going to have to leave the country and either work out of my company's India office, or look for another job. Given the uncertainty surrounding his employment position, he has pro-actively started the job search.
Today, he spoke with me and was upfront about his situation. He then asked me for a LinkedIn recommendation to help with his job search. I like him very much, and have no qualms writing a glowing recommendation for him. However, I was wondering if this would be a good idea.
Aren't recommendations usually given at the end of one's association with a person? i.e. Wouldn't the right time to give him the recommendation be when and if he finds out that he did not get the visa, and is going to take up a job elsewhere? I was thinking he might actually get the visa, and we might remain co-workers for a long time to come. So, I was wondering are there any pitfalls to recommending someone you are currently working with, and might work with for a long time to come. I couldn't think of much, but I just haven't seen anyone do it, and felt uneasy about it. What do you think?