LinkedIn recommendations are an excellent way to add legitimacy and validation to the quality of your work. Think of a LinkedIn recommendation as a mini letter of recommendation.
In this case, there is no word limit or length requirement. In fact, the quality of your recommendation, both in terms of the physical recommendation and the recommender themselves, is much more important than the number of recommendation you acquire.
To put it simply, it’s better (by far) to have 5 LinkedIn recommendations from well-respected CEOs than 50 recommendations from people who barely know you or who don’t utilize LinkedIn regularly.
Speaking of recommenders, you want to be thoughtful about whom you ask for a recommendation. You definitely want a recommendation from someone with leverage, influence and a relatively up-to-date profile. They need to able to speak upon your specific attributes and be familiar with your work and character overall as well.
It’s better to have no recommendation than a bad one. For the record, a bad recommendation includes a generic recommendation. “Johnny Appleseed is a great person and hard worker” is a generic recommendation you want to avoid because it doesn’t offer insightful information.
If you are writing a recommendation, I’m sure you feel honored and nervous at the same time. I felt the same way when a person I admired asked me for a recommendation as well. I promise you it’s normal. Take a couple of days to get your thoughts together. You want to be as concise as possible. Remember, this is not a full-blown letter.
Think about experiences that left an impression on you about this person’s character. What are some qualities and attributes that first come to mind when you think about this person? Also, ask yourself what are some insight into this person you can provide that people would otherwise not be able to pick up on in their profile.
At this point, you probably have a ton of ideas running through your mind. Jot them down and organize your thoughts. Hone in on a specific attribute or experience you want to expound on. Remember, this is not an essay. If you turn their recommendation into a book, no one will read it.
While you’re drafting out this recommendation, remember to keep your voice authentic. This recommendation will be linked to your profile. The world will know who wrote this recommendation. Speaking of which, please check your grammar and spelling. Preventable mistakes like those will be a poor reflection on you.
On LinkedIn, you can send a recommendation, request a recommendation, accept and decline them as well. It’s a pretty straightforward process as well.
Step 1: Go to the profile of a person you want to recommend or request a recommendation
Step 2: Click “More”
Step 3: Click “Request a Recommendation” or “Recommend”
LinkedIn is a powerful tool that goes severely underutilized. Did you know you can use LinkedIn to fill a skills gap? Revamp your resume? Plan a career? Research an industry? Build meaningful relationships? Land an internship? Seriously! LinkedIn is a powerhouse. Don’t let it go to waste.