Recommendations can help improve your LinkedIn profile. In this video, learn how to request and give recommendations.
- [Oliver Schinkten] In a previous video we discussed adding skills to your LinkedIn profile, and how you can receive endorsements for those skills from your connections. I would compare asking someone to endorse you for a skill like asking them to be a reference. It really doesn't take much effort. Now, asking someone to write a recommendation for you on LinkedIn is more like asking them to write a letter of recommendation. It takes a little longer and it's more in-depth. But it does give them a better opportunity to explain why they're willing to recommend you. So let's take a look at a recommendation. Now, in order to do this I'm going to switch to my account, because I already have some recommendations on here. I'm going to scroll down. And you'll see here under my Skills and Endorsements section I have a Recommendations section. Up at the top it's letting me know that I've received six recommendations and I've given five. Now, here you can see the people who have given you the recommendations, as well as those recommendations and what they said about you over to the right. Now, how do you ask for a recommendation from someone? Well, one way is once you have this section created, you can click on Ask for a recommendation. And you can start typing that person's name in here. However, another way to do this is to navigate to someone's account that you want to receive the recommendation from. So here in the Search bar I'm going to type in Aaron. And I want to bring up Aaron Quigley's account. This is my coworker and friend. And I want to ask him for a recommendation. Now, in order to do this I can go to More over on the right and click on this. And one of the options is to request a recommendation. I'll click on that. And then it's going to ask us some questions. How do you know Aaron? What's the relationship? So I can say here that he managed me directly. And next, which position was it in? And I'll say it's while I was Staff Instructor. I can click Next. And then you have the ability to write a message of what it is that you want. So they give the default here as, "Hi Aaron, can you write me a recommendation?" Well, I recommend expanding upon this and giving them some background of why. Say that your applying for jobs or trying to strengthen your LinkedIn account, and you would like some recommendations. And maybe even give him some ideas of some things that you're looking for, and whether they're willing to recommend you for certain things like organizational skills, leadership, et cetera. Now, when you're done you can click Send. And that request will be sent to that person. Now, I can do the opposite as well. I can click here on someone's name. And then go down and click on Recommend. Now, remember that you can only do this if it's someone you're directly connected with on LinkedIn. If I click on Recommend, it asks me these same questions. But then it will allow me to write a letter of recommendation for Aaron that will go on his LinkedIn profile. Now, it will go to him, and he'll be able to see it before it posts to his account. So he's going to have to agree and decide that he wants it on his account before it will appear there. Someone can't randomly just put a letter of recommendation on your profile. Now, I'm going to close this out and navigate back over to Maria's account. Now, in here one other way that you can do this is to click on Add profile section. And then down at the bottom is one that says Additional information, Request a Recommendation. When you click on that it brings up that box asking who we want to ask for a recommendation from. Now, in Maria's case, I can't ask for one from anyone, because she's not yet connected to anyone on LinkedIn. 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. However, don't abuse this feature. You should only receive recommendations from people that you've had the opportunity to collaborate with who can speak truthfully about the value that you can provide.
- Creating a LinkedIn profile
- Growing a professional network
- Following companies and influencers
- Sharing updates and content
- Sending and receiving messages
- Searching for jobs
- Upgrading to LinkedIn Premium
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 10/18/2018. What changed?
A: The following topic was updated: LinkedIn Groups.