LinkedIn-Recommendations–Building your reputation online

People with their thumbs up meaning a great business plan

One of the features that might be the most valuable on LinkedIn is the ability to give and receive recommendations.  Recommendations are, just that, your professional network testifying to your abilities online.  The recommendations are posted to your LinkedIn profile for others to read.  If you use your LinkedIn account correctly (tell others about it, put it on your resume header, link in your email signature) it can be a powerful tool for you.

Aside from the benefit of having someone speak favorably of you, two other positives happen: 1) you get a “thumbs up” icon with the number of recommendations you have on your profile next to your name and 2) your LinkedIn network is notified when you are recommended by someone or recommend somone yourself.  Both will build your professional credibility.

One rule that I use, and I believe is an absolute must: if you receive a recommendation, you must return the favor.  Currently, I have a few recommendations to write myself for individuals who were kind enough to write one for me.  I’m grateful for their willingness to help me and so, I will return the favor.

Have a great day!


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