If you aren’t familiar with LinkedIn, you should be.
LinkedIn is a social networking site, like Facebook, but designed for professionals who wish to connect with past and present colleagues, and who want to grow a network that includes potential colleagues.
Why You need Recommendations after all
A well written recommendation may help you get promoted in many ways,
- Some hiring managers research candidates prior to inviting them to job interviews in order to learn more about them. The make their research on the Internet and one of the main social network for professionals is LinkedIn.
- Recruiters and head hunters search on LinkedIn to find talents and best matches for job openings.
- We live in a small world and there’s a chance that the employer knows/respect the person who wrote you a recommendation.
- This is one of the best ways to get a good reputation and branding yourself.
Use it right
Recommendations are a key part of the LinkedIn site still it requires some good practice.
- A large part of LinkedIn involves recommendations. When used right LinkedIn recommendations are a powerful tool; but when used wrong LinkedIn recommendations can do more harm than good.
- If you do not choose the right people, or if you have too many recommendations, potential employers could be scared off. They may see all those recommendations as a red flag rather than get you the vote of confidence you were looking for.
So let’s delve further into learning about LinkedIn recommendations.
Let’s look at how to do this right.
How to Send a Recommendation Request
Follow these initial following steps,
- Log into your LinkedIn account
- On the left navigation menu scroll down to “Profile” and then click on the sub-menu that says “Recommendations”
- Once on the recommendation page click on the “Request Recommendations tab”
- From there you will be walked through a 3 step process. Name the job that you want a recommendation for by using the drop down menu. Decide who you will ask for that recommendation.
- Write your customized note to that person, telling them why you asked them for a recommendation.
4 essential Tips about LinkedIn Recommendations
Now let’s learn how to send a recommendation request tactfully.
1. Getting the Best Recommendations
When trying to decide who to ask for the recommendation asking your boss to praise your abilities seems blatantly apparent, but there are also others that you can ask for a recommendation.
Of course, take the recommendation from your current or past boss, but if you want to show you are an excellent team player then have some of your peers give you a recommendation. You might also look to clients for a recommendation. If you want to show you are effective as a manager, then you should have recommendation from those above your and below you. The key here is to find recommendations from all around you.
It will help you build a balanced profile that potential employers will take notice of.
2. Set Expectations for Your Recommendations
A recommendation with your guidance on what facts you are looking for a recommendation on.
You should not put words into their mouth but feel free to ask them to elaborate on a couple of points. You don’t want to control the recommendation so much that you lose out on a good point that could benefit you.
3. Take Quality Rather than Quantity
Feel free to give your recommender a little guidance about the length your want your recommendation to be.
Stress that you are more interested in the quality of the recommendation than the length of it. Quality always trumps quantity.
4. Give a Recommendation Then Ask for a Recommendation
Before you can assume you’ll get a solid endorsement from another person, you should be willing to give them an endorsement.
LinkedIn is all about building strong social karma. If you want to get excellent recommendations, then you need to be willing to give recommendations.