Updated March 2021
In this article you will learn how to add recommendations to your LinkedIn profile.
A LinkedIn profile that presents the best version of you is incomplete without relevant recommendations from clients and colleagues. Recommendations are as powerful as a client testimonial for your business or professional referee for your career. Once you are confident your profile represents your goals for LinkedIn, you are ready to request recommendations from your connections.
What is a Professional Recommendation on LinkedIn?
A recommendation provided publicly via your LinkedIn profile is a comment written by a LinkedIn member to recognise or commend specific skills or results of a colleague, business partner, or student. The best way to view profiles is to consider this: you are asking people not to just take your word for the fact that you have certain skills and experience, but are also providing evidence that others agree! Recommendations are a way for others to say they have seen you demonstrate these skills and results, and they commend or acknowledge you for this.
You have the option to feature your recommendations on your profile and viewers of your profile will view the recommendations you’ve received on your profile to see what others have to say about your work.
When asking for recommendations, ask the most senior and influential people in the industries or roles that are most relevant or will have the most impact on other people viewing your profile.
Hiring managers and people searching for new customers and business partners prefer to work with people who come recommended by someone they know and trust. While there is no limit to the number of recommendations you can request or give, I tend to rotate my recommendations, depending on the current clients I am working with and who I am currently pitching to for business. Remember – if you want to leverage the power of LinkedIn, then use your profile as an active document that represents your current business and career goals.
Request a Recommendation
You can ask your 1st degree connection to write a recommendation of your work that you can display on your profile.
You can request a recommendation by following the steps in the image above or:
- Click the Me icon at the top of your LinkedIn homepage.
- Select View profile.
- Scroll down to the Recommendations section and click Ask to be recommended.
- Type the name of the connection you’d like to ask for a recommendation in the Who do you want to ask? field.
- Select the name from the dropdown that appears.
- Fill out the Relationship and Position at the time fields (see images below) of the recommendations pop-up window, and click Next.
- Include a personalised message with your request and change the text in the message field so it is more specific and relevant.
- Click Send.