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Join author Richard Colback as he shows you how to get started with the world's largest professional networking site, LinkedIn. The course demonstrates how to build a profile that will get the attention of employers, recruiters, fellow professionals, and potential clients. Richard walks you through creating an account, adding pertinent information such as skills and work experience, making connections and joining groups, accessing LinkedIn from apps, and monitoring your stats to continuously build a better profile. Along the way, learn to grow your personal brand and become a more visible community member by participating in group discussions, asking and answering questions, and engaging in other ways that add to your profile's integrity.
LinkedIn offers two ways in which people within your network can show their support for your work experience and skills. Your 1st degree Connections can write recommendations based on their experience of working with you. They can also Endorse your list of skills to show that they see you as an expert in those particular skill areas. Recommendations are very similar to the references that you might have had with your previous resume and you should choose the people who recommend you carefully as their profiles will be linked directly to what they write and they're almost always looked at by the people reading these recommendations in order to assess how strongly to value the recommendation itself.
To get Recommendations go up to Profile and drop down the Recommendations link. There are three tabs here Received, Recommendations those that you've given to other people, and a tab that allows you Ask for Recommendations. In the Received Recommendations tab all your positions will be listed including those for which you have not yet received a recommendation. These are shown with a gray hand. Where you have received a recommendation the hand will be shown shaded in brown. For positions where you have already received a recommendation, you can manage those recommendations or ask for further Recommendations for those positions.
For those where you have not yet been recommended, you can click on the link to Ask for a Recommendation. The Position is prefilled. I'll need to enter in the name of the contact who can give me the Recommendation for that Position. As you enter in the name the matching options will show up in the dropdown box below. You can add up to 200 people to recommend you for any position. However, I recommend sending out individual requests as you will need to customize the request below in order to make your request more effective. In most cases if I've received a request for somebody I'd like to see some context in that request and a little bit of background as to why they're looking for the request so that I can do job in providing it for them.
Once the Recommendation has been received, you can come across to Profiles down to Recommendations. An alert box will come up at the top that you've received the recommendation. By clicking on the link you can view the Recommendation and either Publish it on your Profile, Hide it, or Request Replacement. Once you accept the recommendation you'll be offered the option to Return Recommendation back to the person who person provided for you. I do not suggest doing this. In many cases it'll be appropriate and Acceptable to offer a Recommendation back.
However, I suggest that you do this at later stage so that the dates of the recommendations are not identical, and it doesn't seem as if you simply swapped recommendations. If we take a look at the Given Recommendations tab, the recommendations that have been given are listed according to the categories of Colleagues, Service Providers, Business Partners, and Students. You can select whether to show the recommendations you've given, to your Connections, to everyone, or to Hide the Recommendations you've given. If you come down the page further, once again you can make a Recommendation from this page by entering the first and last name of the person or selecting them from your contact list.
Finally, the Ask For Recommendations tab allows you to ask for recommendations from any of the positions that you have listed on your profile or to Add a Job or a New School that isn't currently showing in your Profile. These links take you through to a page where you are editing your profile to add in the relevant information. If we take look at the profile now and come down to the position for which we had asked for the Recommendation, you can see it shown directly beneath that position.
Up to two recommendations will be summarized beneath each work position. If you've received more then two Recommendations these can be accessed by clicking on the link in the lower right-hand corner. I typically recommend two to three recommendations per position as this the number that most recruiters are used to seeing on a traditional resume and more recommendations than this will not serve much purpose on your LinkedIn profile.
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