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Up and Running with LinkedIn

Recommending


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Up and Running with LinkedIn

with Richard Colback

Video: Recommending

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.
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  1. 16m 8s
    1. Welcome
      50s
    2. How we recorded this course
      2m 26s
    3. Overview of the updated interface
      26s
    4. Exploring the new home screen and navigation bar
      4m 9s
    5. Exploring the new contacts page
      4m 19s
    6. Using the new search dialog
      3m 58s
  2. 7m 19s
    1. Understanding LinkedIn
      2m 56s
    2. Considering account levels
      1m 44s
    3. Signing up with LinkedIn
      2m 39s
  3. 14m 42s
    1. Exploring the homepage
      2m 29s
    2. Profile: The Highlights and Summary sections
      2m 28s
    3. Profile: Reviewing work experience and education
      2m 30s
    4. Profile: Additional profile information
      1m 16s
    5. Understanding connections
      1m 42s
    6. Understanding groups
      1m 47s
    7. Looking at jobs and companies
      2m 30s
  4. 18m 9s
    1. Building your profile, starting with the highlights
      5m 3s
    2. The Personal Summary section
      1m 26s
    3. Adding your work experience and education
      2m 41s
    4. Joining groups
      2m 45s
    5. Understanding the difference between a public and private profile
      1m 39s
    6. Exploring the Skills and Expertise section
      2m 52s
    7. The Professional Gallery
      1m 43s
  5. 32m 5s
    1. Understanding why connecting is powerful
      4m 18s
    2. Selecting an appropriate networking approach: Open vs. closed
      3m 6s
    3. Reviewing connection settings
      4m 37s
    4. Accepting and sending invitations and messages
      3m 54s
    5. Connecting with people you might know
      1m 24s
    6. Recommending
      4m 1s
    7. Exploring endorsements
      3m 52s
    8. Connecting via groups
      2m 42s
    9. Looking at network statistics
      2m 27s
    10. Alumni groups
      1m 44s
  6. 8m 32s
    1. Finding appropriate groups
      2m 53s
    2. Joining groups and setting options
      3m 18s
    3. Following group etiquette
      2m 21s
  7. 14m 51s
    1. Deciding to start a group
      2m 1s
    2. Comparing public and private groups
      2m 18s
    3. Setting options for your group
      4m 13s
    4. Building your group membership
      2m 34s
    5. Managing your group
      3m 45s
  8. 23m 20s
    1. What to do when looking for jobs on LinkedIn
      2m 13s
    2. The Linkedin Jobs section
      4m 3s
    3. Finding job listings in groups
      2m 29s
    4. Following companies and getting job alerts
      3m 21s
    5. Using keywords in your profile for career development
      3m 43s
    6. Monitoring your network stats to know where to make adjustments
      2m 30s
    7. Using buttons, service provider listings, and paid options
      2m 4s
    8. Alumni groups and veterans listings
      2m 57s
  9. 3m 2s
    1. Engaging through group discussions and news
      3m 2s
  10. 9m 51s
    1. Completing your profile
      3m 30s
    2. Editing your profile to stay relevant
      2m 38s
    3. Managing your settings
      3m 43s
  11. 5m 33s
    1. Android
      3m 12s
    2. iPad
      2m 21s
  12. 1m 12s
    1. Next steps
      1m 12s

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Up and Running with LinkedIn
2h 34m Beginner Jan 30, 2013 Updated Jul 25, 2013

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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.

Topics include:
  • Signing up
  • Adding work experience and education to your profile
  • Accepting and sending invitations and messages
  • Finding and joining groups
  • Starting your own group
  • Following companies and getting job alerts
  • Using keywords in your profile for career development
  • Managing LinkedIn settings
Subjects:
Business Online Marketing Social Networks Career Development Social Media Marketing SEO
Software:
LinkedIn
Author:
Richard Colback

Recommending

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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Q: This course was updated on 07/25/2013. What changed?
A: We added four new movies explaining recent changes to the interface of LinkedIn, covering the updated home screen, navigation bar, contacts page, and search dialogue. No functionality has changed, and the instructions in the course remain applicable to the new interface.
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