How to Get Recommendations on LinkedIn

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Leverage the power of social networking on LinkedIn by getting recommendations on your profile to build your brand, get job offers and win clients. You can ask former managers and co-workers to recommend you on LinkedIn to improve your visibility and image.

  • Go to LinkedIn.com and sign in to your account. Review your connections to see who would be appropriate to ask for a recommendation. Consider people who are not connected to you on LinkedIn.

  • Call your chosen contacts on the phone and ask for recommendations for your work. Email is impersonal and easy to ignore. It's a nice touch to call and speak with someone personally to ask for the favor. After confirming that someone will write you a recommendation, thank him for his help and let him know that he will receive an email from you through LinkedIn with instructions.

  • Within your LinkedIn account, click on the Recommendations link, located on the left side of the page under Profile. The Recommendations page will appear on the right side.

  • Click on the top Request Recommendations tab. Follow the three steps to ask someone for a recommendation. First, choose what job or school you want to be recommended for.

  • Click on the Select Connections button. Click the checkbox next to the name of the person you are requesting the recommendation from, then click the Finished button.

  • Create your message in third step on the page. You may edit the email text if you wish or keep it as the default recommendation request message. Click the Send button on the bottom of the page. Your recipient will receive an individual email with instructions.

  • When you receive the recommendation by email, LinkedIn will prompt you to accept and publish the recommendation to your LinkedIn profile page. Remember to thank the person again for her recommendation once it's completed.

Tips & Warnings

  • Only ask people who know you well to give you a recommendation. Use your judgment and ask people only if you have done good work for them and worked with them for a reasonable amount of time. Aim to get multiple recommendations for greater credibility.
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