Endorse LinkedIn users; A recommendation for the rest of us
Writing a recommendation for someone on LinkedIn can be a daunting task. Thankfully, LinkedIn has felt our collective pain and answered big time. The powers that be are now allowing us to vouch for the skills and expertise of our LinkedIn connections with greater ease and much less copy. In other words, you can now endorse LinkedIn users.
Why endorse LinkedIn users
You should endorse the particular skills or expertise of a LinkedIn connection when you know they are proficient in that area. For example, one of my LinkedIn connections is local Cincinnatian, Joe Robb. Having been to a few of his public speaking engagements, endorsing him for this skill/expertise would be a no-brainer.
Sometimes one word (endorsements) can say much more than a novel, (what you typically see from LinkedIn recommendations.) I’m definitely not saying recommendations have no place in the future in LinkedIn. But for the avid user of LinkedIn, reading many recommendations can be tedious. Now there is a place viewers can easily see outside opinions about a user’s skills and expertise.
How to endorse LinkedIn users
Since the feature is new, you will likely be prompted with a blue box at the top of your connection’s profile. Simply click the skills or expertise you feel the user is knowledgeable in, and click “Endorse.”
LinkedIn will offer you suggestions of what you could endorse a person in, and in some cases their suggestions are correct. You can also put more thought into it and offer additional suggestions.
If the box doesn’t automatically show for you, you can follow these quick steps. First, go to the profile of the connection you would like to endorse. You can search for their name, find them in your list of connections, pick a name from your feed, etc.
1. Underneath the headline for the profile, locate the blue “Send a message” button.
2. On the right side of this button, click the drop down arrow.
3. From this drop down menu, click the “Endorse skills & expertise” option.
4. Fill in the appropriate options in the new section at the top.
Have you ever written a recommendation? If not, will this make it easier for you to endorse LinkedIn connections?
Contributed by Steve Martin