Why You Need LinkedIn Recommendations

linkedin recommendationsLinkedIn is a professional network with many features that people often do not take advantage of. One feature that I have found to be particularly helpful is LinkedIn recommendations.

Since the feature is underused, adding LinkedIn Recommendations to your profile will set you apart from other students competing for the same position since it removes one step from the candidate screening process—the reference check.  Having recommendations on your profile not only boosts your credibility and reputation, but it keeps your LinkedIn profile at 100% which increases your online visibility.

Keep in mind that, when a person writes you a recommendation, they  take the time to reflect on your work and become accountable for the qualities they highlight in the recommendation.  So, asking for a LinkedIn recommendation can be a great way to highlight your relationship with a professor or mentor that has influenced you professional development.

Having a recommendation publicly displayed on LinkedIn shows that you are open to feedback and helps hiring managers see what past supervisors, co-workers, etc. have to say about your work ethic.  A well-written recommendation will not only provide feedback from which you can reflect on your professional strengths, but also identify areas of improvement.

They can also help you identify the strengths that are most sought after in the workplace—making it easier to answer the difficult questions during interviews. If the person providing the recommendation works in your desired field, they may highlight your abilities and potential to contribute to company goals and tasks.  This could potentially open the door to new opportunities that are seeking individuals willing to invest their time in learning skills related to the position.

On the other hand, giving a recommendation demonstrates that you have taken the time to reflect on another  person’s performance. The quality of the recommendation may impress the receiver, further strengthening your relationship with him or her and encourage them to return the favor by providing you with a recommendation. Usually, if you write a recommendation then you will get one back so this process is mutually beneficial in both ways—giving and receiving feedback.

Giving recommendations is also beneficial because you it helps you identify qualities that you look for in a workplace so that when you are in a leadership role, you will already have an idea of how you measure success, what makes a good candidate for a job, and learn how to identify strengths and weaknesses in others.

Overtime, it can prove to be a road map of your improvements for yourself by highlight qualities that you may want to emulate in your own work or by revealing ways you can improve your LinkedIn profile so that it is recruiter-friendly.

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About Rani Tiruveedhula

Rani is pursuing a bachelor's degree in business at the University of Southern California. As a Braathe intern, she has engaged in marketing, management, and risk management activities for Braathe Enterprises clients.

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