When looking for a new job, expect hiring managers to view your LinkedIn profile and read your recommendations. See below for advice on how to get recommendations on LinkedIn:
- Ask first. Ask someone who has done face to face work with you so he/she can answer honestly about your workability. Do not ask someone you have never had an actual conversation with.
- When asking, provide the person with suggestions of what he/she can commend you on. For example, if you managed or executed a successful project, then ask the reference to write about that.
- If is it taking a while for your reference to follow through: Send a “friendly reminder” email; we are all busy so no one should ever get mad for being reminded!
- Thank the reference after he/she has completed the recommendation. Send a “thank you” card, email, or pick up the phone and call.
Easy, huh! Having recommendations is a great way for you to display your hard work and achievements to prospective hiring managers, but don’t overload your profile with them. Only have a few for each job you have had in the past.
August 08, 2012