How to Ask For A Recommendation On LinkedIn

Whether or not recommendations help you land a job on LinkedIn is to be debated. Some people swear by it and others think it’s a load of hoo-ha. I come from the camp that says it can’t hurt to get a recommendation. I’ve heard others say that people endorse one another (you endorse me, and I’ll endorse you) and wonder how legitimate are these endorsements anyway if it looks like they were swapped one for one?

Let’s be clear. I don’t think you won’t get a job because you don’t have recommendations. Although LinkedIn touts on their website that “Users with recommendations are three times as likely to get inquiries through LinkedIn searches.” Perhaps that has to do with their search algorithm because 3 recommendations is what is on the the checklist to make your profile 100% complete.

However, let’s face it, getting a recommendation doesn’t look bad on your resume or online profile. But how to go about asking for one is key.

  1. Ask someone who you directly worked with, not the VP or CEO of a company if you didn’t actually work with them.
  2. Ask the person within 6 months of working with them so that their memory is clear and fresh about the work you did and your performance.
  3. Use the recommendation tool on LinkedIn but say something like, “I really enjoyed working with you (on project x) and hope we get to work together again soon. If you have a few minutes, I would really appreciate you recommending my work on LinkedIn?”

It doesn’t have to be those words verbatim, but you get the idea. You acknowledge you worked with them and remind them of which project or at which company. You also are direct about asking for a recommendation for something specific. They can choose to endorse you or not. And remember, even when they do endorse you, if you don’t like it you don’t have to post it.

And remember, you can also edit a recommendation before posting it to your profile for everyone to see. That means, you can translate it into a different language, and you can correct misspellings or grammar. Ethically speaking, I would not recommend changing the verbiage to falsify your performance.

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About Tracy Sestili

Tracy Sestili is CEO and Chief blogger at Social Strand Media. She is also the author of Taking Your Brand from the Bench to the Playing Field -- Social Media Fundamentals for Business.


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