Recommendations can help improve your LinkedIn profile. In this video, learn how to request and give recommendations.
- [Instructor] In the previous video, we discussed adding skills to your LinkedIn profile and how you can receive endorsements for those skills, from your connections. I compared asking someone to endorse you for a skill, like asking them to be a reference. It doesn't take very much effort. Asking them to write a recommendation for you on LinkedIn is more like asking them to write a letter of recommendation. It takes a little bit 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. Now Jolie's account doesn't have any recommendations yet. So I'm going to switch over to my account. And from here, if I scroll down to my recommendation section, you can see here that I've received six of them, and given five, I also have one pending meaning that someone wrote one for me, but I have to okay it and accept it before it will appear. Here, I can see who wrote those letters of recommendation and what they said. Then up at the top of the section, it says, ask for a recommendation. Here's how you can request a recommendation. I'll click on that. And it says, who do you want to ask? In this case, I'm going to ask my friend and coworker Jolie. I can see your name pops up here. I'll select that. And then it asks you to select the relationship. So is it one where Jolie managed you directly? Did she report to you? Was she senior to you, but didn't manage directly? In this case, this is what I'll click. The position at the time, these are going to be the jobs that you have on your LinkedIn account. So I'm going to put here my most recent one and then I'll click next. Now, here's where you write out the request for a recommendation. They have a default one in here, but I recommend upgrading this one. It just says, hi Jolie, could you write me a recommendation? So that is a very much guidance. And I don't know if you're going to have much luck on that. I'm going to paste one in here that I already wrote. And the reason I'm doing this is just to show that I think you should put a little bit more, you know, I put here, I was wondering if you'd be willing to write a recommendation. And I said, we worked together on several projects last year, and I'd love it if you could speak about our collaboration and what you thought I brought to the team, hope all is well. Now the point of me reading that is that if you put a little bit more time into it and tell the person why you want it, or what you kind of want said, in this case, I want Jolie to speak to the fact that we worked on some projects together. And what did she think I brought to the team? Oftentimes people will appreciate this because it allows them to get started at writing it. Now, I wouldn't be too specific though and say things like, will you endorse me? Or will you write in there this specific thing in this specific thing. If it's not something that they believe in, you don't want to put people on the spot. Now when you're done, you can click send, and it will send that to them. I'm going to exit out of here. Another way that I could request a recommendation would be to navigate to the person's LinkedIn page. So here, I'm going to go to Jolie's LinkedIn page and I'll refresh it here quick. And now if I go to more, you'll see that I can do several things in here. One of them is request a recommendation. If I click on that, I get that same pop-up box. You'll also notice here that I can recommend. So if I click on this, I fill out a similar thing, but this time I'm writing a recommendation for Jolie. But like I mentioned before, if one of your connections wrote you a recommendation, it won't go directly to your profile. You'll have to accept it first before it would do that. I'll close this out and I'm going to navigate back over to Julie's account because I want to point out a couple of things. First of all, if we scroll down, you'll see that she doesn't even have a recommendation section yet. So you couldn't go there if you just created your profile. But when you go up to the top, you can click add profile section, and under additional information, request a recommendation. Now, when I click and open this, this is where it says, who do you want to ask? The problem here is that Jolie can't ask anybody because she is not yet connected to anyone. So if she went in here and typed in JOL, nothing shows up. She's not connected to anyone. So remember that you do have to be connected to people in order to write a recommendation or receive one from them. Now, 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 the 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 provide.