There is no doubt that LinkedIn is a popular business and employment focused social media platform that works through websites and mobile apps with 65 million people using it to network and look for jobs each week. There are several ways that you can use your LinkedIn profile to leverage your resume. One technique is to secure strong recommendations from other professionals who have had the opportunity to work with you. So, today, let’s discuss a few ways to take advantage of the recommendations section available on LinkedIn. 

Networking and connecting with other professionals can be a huge benefit to your career and potential job prospects. With the ease of connecting on LinkedIn, everyone now has the opportunity to connect with people from all over the world and build a strong global network you can utilize when needed.  

There are many ways that you can help ensure that your LinkedIn profile makes a great first impression. From a professional headshot to current accomplishments to having people endorse your skills and engage with your content, you are doing yourself a disservice if you are not utilizing LinkedIn effectively. 

The recommendations section provides the option to ask your connections to write a recommendation, which will then be displayed on your profile for others to see. You can also request a recommendation from the “recommendations” section of your profile; however, this section is only visible after you have given or received a recommendation.  

Consider reaching out to connections you have worked with 

The best way to endorse your skills and capabilities is by having others speak to your talents and abilities. Just as reviews for businesses are impactful, the words from your colleagues can speak volumes to potential employers and your network.  

Carefully consider the people you have worked with (both currently and previously) and ask them to share a recommendation on LinkedIn.

“The “consumer” in this case is a hiring manager, recruiter, or HR person. Only, they’re not looking on Yelp; they’re over on LinkedIn.”

The Muse 

Be timely in your ask 

Reach out soon after you have completed a project. By timing your request properly, you can capture a positive recommendation with the project fresh in their mind, allowing them to be descriptive. The more details they can offer on exactly what you did, how you did it, and what was successful during the process, the more impactful the recommendation will be.  

Choose quality over quantity 

It isn’t necessary to have dozens and dozens of recommendations. People will read the first few and move on. Therefore, choose people you know who will take the time and thought to provide you with a recommendation that speaks to your work ethics, skills, abilities, and achievements. Three to five recommendations to include on your profile is ideal. 

“The recommendation doesn’t even have to be that long. A few lines of text can say so much more than paragraphs and paragraphs.”

Medium 

When done appropriately, recommendations are a powerful tool to display your experiences, talents, and industry knowledge, providing potential employers valuable insight. If you have questions about your LinkedIn profile, Resumes with Results would love to hear from you! Contact our team and let’s get you and your resume noticed!