Latest question: "An old friend of mine is interested in a job opening at the firm I work at and reached out asking if I would pass her resume along. We've never worked together, but I know she wouldn't do well here. She's kind of a loud mouth and I can't imagine her interacting well with upper management, which is a big part of the role. I don't want to say no, because she's someone I like hanging out with...but I also don't want to put her resume forward and have it reflect poorly on me. How can I get out of this?"
Answer: Don't get an inflated sense of importance here. Connections matter, but a referral from you doesn't necessarily mean a shoe-in for her. You're in a different department and your friend's resume would need to meet certain criteria before she'd get a call from HR in the first place.
Passing along resumes is an unfortunate obligation of friendship. The only time you're exempt from this duty is if the friend in question is a backstabbing manipulator or complete incompetent. Your friend merely sounds annoying. So play along and...
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