LinkedIn Recommendations: How to Request One and Get It!

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There’s nothing better than seeing a long list of glowing recommendations to convince potential employers that you are the freelancer for them.

If you’ve been using LinkedIn for some time now, you may have noticed the ‘Recommendations’ feature.

But have you actually used it?

Having recommendations on your LinkedIn profile can really help when applying for new jobs.

Recommendations show that you’re experienced in your field and make a strong impression on those you work with.

In this article you’ll learn:

  1. LinkedIn Recommendations vs Endorsements
  2. How to Request a LinkedIn Recommendation from your LinkedIn connections
  3. Tips to Getting the Right Kind of Recommendations for Your LinkedIn Profile

Recommendations vs Endorsements – what’s the difference?

If you don’t have recommendations on your LinkedIn profile yet, you probably have endorsements. There are where your LinkedIn connections can authenticate your experience by giving one of your listed skills a “thumbs-up.”

You’ll likely have been asked to endorse some of your connection’s skills automatically by LinkedIn when you sign in.

Usually, it’s a box saying something like:

Does John Smith know about web design?

If you’ve worked with John Smith on a web design project, you’ll click Yes.

Your answer will be taken as an endorsement of that skill on John’s profile. 

Right now, LinkedIn shows the skills which were more often validated on the top and then organize the Skills & Endorsement per type:

  1. Industry knowledge
  2. Tools & technologies
  3. Interpersonal skills
  4. Other skills

Recommendations, however, are written by your LinkedIn connections to provide testimonials on how you work and the skills you offer.

Recommendations, therefore, are far more specific and hold a lot more weight when potential employers are looking at your profile. However, it doesn’t mean endorsements have no value, quite the opposite!

On one hand, having many people who have endorsed you for a skill give potential users the perception that you’re great on it and also that you have an amazing network (e.g. think about having UI design 99+).

On the other hand, it adds keywords to your profile that can help you to be found on LinkedIn.

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How to Request a LinkedIn Recommendation

To request a recommendation from one of your LinkedIn connections, simply follow these steps:

  • Hover over your profile photo in the top right corner of your LinkedIn page
  • Select “View profile” from the menu
  • If you don’t have any recommendations, go to the “Add profile section”. On the drop-down select “Additional information” – “Request a recommendation” on the “Profile” tab under the “Settings” section, click “Manage Your Recommendations.
Screenshot request a recommendation on LinkedIn
  • Then a prompt to “Ask for Recommendations” pops up. Follow the prompts to ask a specific person for a recommendation.
Who do you want to ask for a LinkedIn recommendation

Not all recommendations are equal, and requesting a recommendation from anyone and everyone could actually damage your LinkedIn profile rather than elevate it.

😰 Someone asked you to write a recommendation and you’re lost?
Don’t miss this:How to write a testimonial – Tips & Examples

Tips to Getting the Right Kind of Recommendations for Your LinkedIn Profile

Tips to get LinkedIn recommendations for your profile

1. Only Ask People You Know

Asking someone that you don’t know (and have never worked with) for a recommendation is a waste of your time – not to mention theirs!

Who should you ask for a recommendation?

  1. People you have worked with
  2. People you know in a professional manner

After all, LinkedIn is a networking platform for professionals.

The last thing you want is your mum giving you a review for all your future employers to see!

2. Let Them Know What You Are Looking For

Many people using LinkedIn will not have used the recommendation feature before and may not reply to you because they are unsure of what is expected and how long their recommendation should be.

Send a personalized message to the person you are asking for a recommendation, and include a brief note about what you expect.

Your message could look something like this:

Hi John,

I really enjoyed working with you on {Project/Job} last week. I was wondering if you could write a brief recommendation of my work, touching on X and Y skills specifically? 3 – 5 sentences would be more than enough.

Many thanks,
{Your Name}

3. Request for a Variety of different Skills

Recommendations are a great way of showcasing your skills and experience as a freelancer, not to mention your ability to create lasting relationships with your clients or ex-colleagues. 

Be sure to request recommendations from a variety of people to ensure a wide range of your skills and working relationships are displayed on your LinkedIn profile.

This could include more than just professional colleagues, too. Are you connected with anyone you have worked with via a volunteer committee or an independent project? These are also great connections to ask for a recommendation to show a real breadth in your experience.

4. Recommend Your Connections

Would you appreciate the recommendation from a particular colleague? Then write a recommendation for him or her in the first place!

Generally, if you write a great recommendation for someone on LinkedIn they will reciprocate and recommend you as well.

It’s a way to say thank you and show old connections that you enjoyed working with them and learning both from and with them.

5. Show Your Appreciation

People take time out of their day to write a recommendation for you.

It’s only right to show your appreciation when they come back to you with a great testimonial.

Be sure to personalize your thank-you note and perhaps even offer to write them a recommendation in return if you haven’t done so.

The next time you log into LinkedIn, find a few colleagues and work associates from whom you would really appreciate a recommendation and follow the tips above to ensure you get the best possible testimonials.

Yasmin Purnell

Yasmin Purnell is a content creator at freelancermap.com. She has a great deal of experience working as a freelance copywriter and has enjoyed the Digital Nomad lifestyle. She is in charge of bringing you amazing freelancing tips and experiences that will help you boost your freelance business.

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