LinkedIn allows you to give or receive recommendations from your connections. Recommendations are a more personalized endorsement which can strengthen your profile.
- [Narrator] In the previous video, we discussed adding skills to your LinkedIn profile and why it's important to receive endorsements for those skills. In this video, we'll take a look at recommendations. Now I compared asking someone to endorse you for a skill like asking someone to be a reference for you. It doesn't take very long. Asking someone to write a recommendation for you is similar to asking someone to write a letter of recommendation. It takes a little longer and it's more in depth. But it does give them a much better opportunity to explain why they're willing to recommend you.
Let's take a look here at my account. And if I scroll down on my profile to the bottom, you'll notice that down here, I do have some recommendations. So it says here that I have received four and given four. And these are different ones. I can click here to view two others as well and those are recommendations. Now you can also do this in the opposite direction. So you don't just have to receive them but you have the ability to leave a recommendation for someone else. Let's take a look at how we can do both of these. So I'm going to scroll back up to the top and in the Search bar, I'm going to type in Aaron Quigley, who is a friend of mine and a co-worker.
So when I go to Aaron's account, in the upper right hand corner of his profile, I can click the three dots icon and from here, at the bottom, I can either request a recommendation or I can recommend Aaron. So if I wanted Aaron to write a letter of recommendation for me, that would go into my LinkedIn profile, I can click here and if I wanted to leave one for Aaron, I can click here. Now if you do leave a recommendation for someone else, they will have to accept it. So if you just had someone who wanted to randomly post one to your site that you didn't even know, you would actually have to accept that before it would be on your profile.
Now in order to give or receive a recommendation from someone, they must be a first degree connection of yours, meaning that you must have mutually agreed to follow each other. Don't abuse this feature. You should only receive recommendations from people you've had the opportunity to collaborate with who can speak truthfully about the value that you provide. Recommendations can be a very powerful way to boost your LinkedIn profile, especially if you're using it as an online resume, searching for a job or as a way to connect with people that you'd like to collaborate with.
- Recognize how to choose which industry you are in when setting up your LinkedIn account.
- Name the two options you have for writing your LinkedIn profile summary.
- Explain how LinkedIn lists your skills based on endorsements.
- Recall what recommendations on LinkedIn profiles are compared to.
- Identify the new messaging service in LinkedIn that allows you to instantly communicate with other users who are online.
- Recognize the benefits of using private mode in LinkedIn.
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 02/16/2018. What changed?
A: New videos were added that cover exploring company insights and improving your search on LinkedIn.
Q: This course was updated on 10/17/2018. What changed?
A: The following topic was updated: LinkedIn Groups.