How to successfully and politely ask for LinkedIn recommendations

LinkedIn is the best way to get connected to the people who will hire you or the people you want to hire. If you’re not already on it, start to question if you’re serious about your job-seeking endeavours.

The best way to get recognised on LinkedIn is through recommendations. It’s important to remember that LinkedIn isn’t Facebook, your behaviour on the site reflects you as a worker so don’t spam invitations – it’s annoying and unprofessional.

Dealing with recommendations can often be embarrassing and tricky because asking for endorsement straight-up is a weird interaction. “Hey there, do you mind telling people that you think I’m good at things?” See what I mean? It’s weird.

Luckily Careerism has curated three great tips to successfully and politely ask for LinkedIn recommendations.

1. Choose your backers carefully

Before you start throwing out requests willy-nilly, think about your relationship with people from the past. Someone who may have been higher up than you during your work experience might be in a much more powerful position now.

There’s no point getting 16 endorsements from people on the same level as you, try and go for that white whale within your network.

2. Specify why and where you want recommending

A fluff piece on your profile about how diligent and punctual you are won’t impress any employer because every applicant will have the same recommendation on their profile.

When asking for an endorsement, specify who the recommendation is aimed for and say what skills in particular you want highlighted. Ask politely and don’t phrase it like a demand. Follow it up with a heartfelt thank you note.

3. Ask via a different channel

LinkedIn is the greatest development in job-seeking technology since, well, anything. What it’s not great for is messaging. With 1,000 vulture recruiters filling our inboxes with ineffectual ‘job offers’, it’s hard to discern the quality messages from the fake.

If you send an email to your connection it will reflect better on you and serve as a much more reliable method of communication.

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