LinkedIn allows you to give or receive recommendations from your connections. Recommendations are a more personalized endorsement that 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. I compared asking someone to endorse you for a skill like asking someone to be a reference for you. It doesn't take very much effort. 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 much better opportunity to explain how they know you and why they're willing to recommend you.
Let's take a look at an example. Now Zachary obviously doesn't have any recommendations on his account yet, so I'm going to switch over to the account of Shad Cayden, who is a student at Roux Academy. Now if I scroll down here, you'll notice that in his account, Shad has several different skills that he's now endorsed for. But if I scroll down, he takes it to the next level, and here he has a recommendation. This one's from Tracy Westbay who taught a class in economics that Shad was in. It says here, "Shad was a student "in my economics course at Roux Academy.
"During the semester that Shad was my student, "he exemplified an outstanding work ethic, "the ability to learn quickly, "and a true passion for understanding economics", and so on. So as you can see, this goes way more in depth than simply endorsing someone for a skill does. She's able to say how she knows Shad and why she recommends him. Now I'm going to switch over to another account, and this is Freya Terray, another student. And if I scroll down here, you'll see that she received one from Cheryl, who was a boss of hers where she worked. It says, "I had the opportunity "to manage Freya during her experience "as a retail associate at Hansel and Petal." Now I like these examples because they show two different types of people that you may ask for a recommendation.
Shad asked a professor or someone he had that taught him in a class, whereas Freya asked someone she worked with. Start thinking about people that could recommend you. It may be a boss. It could be an instructor or professor. It could be someone that you collaborated on a project with. Next, I want to switch over to my account, and I want to show you how you can request a recommendation from someone. So if they have a LinkedIn account, and, this is an important note, if they are a first connection of yours, meaning that they've mutually agreed to connect with you on LinkedIn, then you can ask them for a recommendation.
In order to do this, I'm going to go up in my search bar and start typing in Aaron Quigley. This is someone that I work with, and I'm going to click here. And in order to ask him for a recommendation, I see here that I can send him a message, I can view him in recruiter, but then I have More, and I want to click on More, which will bring up some other options, and one of them is Request a Recommendation. So here, if I click on that, it brings up a pop up box asking how you know him. So in this case, Relationship, I would say that Aaron managed me directly.
And you can see there are a ton of different options, maybe you worked together in the same group, could be a client of yours, someone that taught or mentored you, et cetera. Now here, Position At the Time, you can put down the position you had. And in this case, it's when I was a staff instructor, or staff author at LinkedIn. I can click Next, and then it allows me to write a recommendation. It gives me the template that says, "Hi Aaron, can you write me a recommendation?", which is pretty simple. If you're going to ask someone to do this, I do recommend that you customize the message and ask them politely, telling them why you would like them to recommend you on LinkedIn.
Now, they will receive that message in their account once you click Send. And if they do reply to you, in your account you'll receive a notification saying that someone has recommended you. Now you can do this in reverse. So here if I go into Aaron's account, and click on More, you'll see that I can recommend him. So rather than just requesting a recommendation, I do have the ability to recommend someone. If I click here, again, it wants to know how I know this person, and their position at the time, and then I can go ahead and write a recommendation for Aaron.
Now, one important thing is that, if someone does write a recommendation for you, out of the blue, it will appear in your messages, letting you know that you've received a recommendation and you'll be able to choose whether you want that to post to your account or not. 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 truly speak about the value that you provide.
- Creating a LinkedIn profile
- Growing a professional network
- Following companies and influencers
- Sharing updates and articles
- 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.