How to Add Recommendations to Your LinkedIn Profile

Updated March 31st, 2017

A profile that presents the best version of you is incomplete without relevant recommendations from clients and colleagues. I believe 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 Recommendation on LinkedIn?

A recommendation is a comment written by a LinkedIn member to recognize 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, I suggest you 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 connections to write a recommendation of your work that you can display on your profile:
To request a recommendation from a member’s profile page:

1. Navigate to the member’s profile page.

2. Click the … (more) icon in the top section of the profile, to the right of the picture.

3. Follow the prompts to request the recommendation.

a. What do you want to be recommended for

Choose the role you want to be recommended for (I recommend at least 2 recommendations for your current and most recent roles over the last 10 years).

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b. Who do you want to ask?

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c. What’s your relationship and what was their position at the time?how to add recommendations to your linkedin profile

d. Write your message.

Note: LinkedIn will give you a default message. I recommend you tailor it and have showed you an example below of how I do this.

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4. Click Send.

 

 

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