For many people who look at LinkedIn profiles as a way of evaluating job seekers, recommendations are a crucial part of a puzzle. And it’s not a small part either.
Here are some reasons why you need to get some recommendations:
- Hiring managers pay attention to recommendations. They’re like references in your resumé, and potential employers like to investigate beyond the info offered by applicants.
- The lack of recommendations can be viewed as suspicious. Although not everyone can have recommendations, in some cases they’re absolutely expected. Independent contractors and small business owners, for example, are expected to have them in their LinkedIn profiles, and the lack of recommendations can be disquieting.
- The people who wrote the recommendations may act as a bridge between you and your potential employers. Remember that LinkedIn is a social networking site, and if a potential employer knows one of the people who gave the recommendations, that’s always going to be to your benefit.
- Recommendations can lead to promotions. When you have recommendations from within your company, it can get you noticed when it’s time for your performance review.
However, just because it’s important to have some recommendations doesn’t mean you need to get dozens of recommendations. So don’t start asking for recommendations from people you barely know. This isn’t Facebook where having five thousand “friends” is perfectly acceptable. LinkedIn is a bit more professional.
About a dozen recommendations, or even half of that, should suffice. For employees, it should be varied enough to include a recommendation from a superior, a colleague, and a subordinate. For freelancers and small business owners, at least three positive recommendations should come from clients.
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