How to Use LinkedIn’s Recommendation Feature

Originally posted here by our parent company Shweiki Media, we learned the best ways to take advantage of LinkedIn’s recommendation feature. This is something anyone and everyone should know about. The power of building your personal network is priceless.

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Most people are familiar with LinkedIn’s endorsement feature, but a written testimonial is far more powerful than pressing a button. Make it a goal to gain recommendations, because if someone says they’re good at something, it is seen as arrogant, but when someone else makes a recommendation, it greatly increases the credibility of the potential candidate.

Tips

-Recommendations should be put in the headline, because if good recommendations have been made, future employers should know.

-One should make sure to ask someone who is in a position with credibility to give a recommendation.

-A good idea is to make a LinkedIn-related folder with templates written in such a way that is not intrusive or salesman-like.

Steps

1. Log in to LinkedIn.

2. Go to “Settings.”

3. Go to “Privacy.”

4. Click “Manage Your Recommendations.”

5. Open “Ask For Recommendations.”

6. Pick something to be recommended for.

7. Pick who to be recommended by.

8. Insert request from template.

9. Send.

Things to Remember

-LinkedIn will give one the choice to keep or discard a recommendation.

-It’s important to ensure that the person asked is someone who is in a position to give a recommendation. If so, one should give them a recommendation first. LinkedIn will then prompt the other person to reciprocate and give a recommendation in return.

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