Join Justin Seeley for an in-depth discussion in this video Asking for LinkedIn recommendations, part of Up and Running with LinkedIn.
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- Asking for recommendations on LinkedIn is not all that dissimilar from asking for a recommendation for your regular resume. In this movie, I'll walk you through the process for asking for recommendations here on the LinkedIn Website. The first way is probably the easiest way to ask for a recommendation. You simply send a message to the person that you want to recommend you requesting that they go to your profile, review it, and leave you a recommendation for a job, or for a position that you held at their company. That, however, is probably the most informal way and not the best way to go about it.
The best way to go about it is go through LinkedIns built-in recommendation system. I can go up here to the top, where I see my little profile icon, go down to privacy and settings, and click manage. You may be asked to sign back into LinkedIn at this time. If you are, just go ahead and sign back in using your user name and password. Then, once you're taken to this screen, scroll down to where you see manage your recommendations. This is going to take you to a screen, where you have the ability to see all of the different positions that you have listed on LinkedIn. In this case, Lead Web Designer and a student at Roux Academy.
I can see the recommendation received, recommendations given, I can ask for recommendations, and I can also give recommendations. You can ask for recommendations specifically to one of these jobs or the school ten years, by clicking on ask for recommendation. In this case, I'm just going to go up here to the top, so that we can walk through the entire process. I'll click ask for recommendations. Then, it's going to ask me, "What do you want to be recommended for?" I'll choose Lead Web Designer at Two Trees Creative. Who do you want to ask? It says, "You can add up to three people." I highly recommend doing this one person at a time.
It'll seem a lot more personal that way. In this case, I'm going to type out Jerry and that should bring up Jerry Zedmore, who's the CEO of Two Trees Creative. Then, I can say, "What's my relationship to Jerry?" In this case, I'll say, "I reported directly to Jerry." What was Jerry's position at the time? Founder and CEO. Now, I can write my message. I would not use the default text that LinkedIn has here. Simply because it's a canned response, that a lot of people are probably using. If you take the time to craft a more personalize message, chances are the person on the other end would think a little bit harder about what to write, and whether or not they would give you a recommendation at all.
In this case, what I'll do is just say, "Letter of recommendation." Then underneath there, I'm just going to remove all of the text that's there, and paste in a letter that I all ready have written. I'll expand this out so you can see it a little bit better. You can see exactly what I'm doing. I'm also going to reformat it just a little bit. Here it says, "Dear Jerry, I'm writing to request a recommendation for my LinkedIn profile. I always appreciated your sound advice and clear judgement when we've worked together. I'm truly impressed with your credibility in this industry and I know a recommendation from you would be a tremendous benefit to me.
It doesn't have to be lengthy. A few sentences on my work ethic, my attention to detail, and a key contribution for your perspective will be more than sufficient. If you're not comfortable providing this recommendation, I completely understand. Thank you. Let me know if there's anything I can do to support you in return." In this case, I'll just separate everything out like that. Then, when I'm ready to send, I'll hit send. That is then going to send that over to Jerry Zedmore. Now, Jerry has the ability to go in and write that recommendation or he can simply decline.
At the bottom of this, you'll actually see request for recommendations you sent. You can remind the person, or simply withdraw the request. I would be careful with using the remind button a little too much. If someone hasn't responded yet, that's probably because they're either too busy or maybe they just don't want to write the recommendation at all. You can remind them after enough time has passed, but I wouldn't pester them over and over again. If you don't think the person is going to respond at all, or if the person happens to leave the company, or you just lose track of them all together, you can also withdraw the offer as well.
After you've sent your first letter of recommendation, it's going to get a little bit easier after that. Then, you can go back in and you can start to request more recommendations for all of your positions, and even your school (mumbles). asking old processors, and old classmates, to recommend you for certain things. It's a great way to boost your length in profile, and get more people paying attention to the work that you've done.
- What makes a LinkedIn profile stand out?
- Adding work experience and education to your profile
- Finding and adding contacts
- Sending messages
- Sharing status updates and content from the web
- Asking for, and providing, recommendations
- Interacting with companies
- Finding a job on LinkedIn
- Starting and growing a group
- Managing your account