May 14, 2016

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LinkedIn Tip of the Week: How to get ahead with LinkedIn Recommendations

Everyone is busy these days, so realistically you most likely won't get LinkedIn recommendations from your colleagues without asking them. That is why you need to take matters into your own hands and request recommendations yourself.

Why you need recommendations

First of all, recommendations are an excellent way to confirm your listed skills.

Everyone can see your recommendations, including recruiters and HR professionals who usually pay great attention to your Recommendations section. By getting recommendations from the people who know you professionally, you will raise your profile and enhance your chances of being noticed and deemed trustworthy.

How to Request recommendations

  1. On LinkedIn, click on the Profile link on the top navigation bar and choose "Ask to be recommended". 
  2. Click on the drop-down arrow and choose which position you want to be recommended for. 
  3. Now choose whom you wish to get a recommendation from. 
  4. You can choose to write a short message in the field provided, but LinkedIn has already provided a standard message.
  5. Click Send - and you are done!

Recommendations are extremely powerful as they can validate what you've written about yourself so you should definitely spend some time asking for them, on a regular basis.



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    Anna Fast Nilsson
    Anna Fast Nilsson