Recommendations used to be a big factor in completing your LinkedIn profile to 100%. Not so since the LinkedIn revisions announced on February 14, 2012.

LinkedIn Changes For A 100% Complete Profile Feb. 14, 2012

LinkedIn Changes For A 100% Complete Profile Feb. 14, 2012

It clearly states above that less weight will be placed on Recommendations, an area you have little control over.

Regardless I think there is a tremendous benefit to be gained from recommendations, especially when trying to impress a potential new client or look for a position. They lend to your professionalism and credibility and are good references.

Note: The pdf download below is a little dated. You do need to ask “Manage recommendations” by first going to your settings.

LinkedIn Recommendations

Manage LinkedIn Recommendations first by Going To Privacy and Settings

LinkedIn will ask you to log back in for security reasons. Do so. Then scroll down to the second bis section labeled ‘Profile’ and find the ‘Manage your recommendations’ link.

Manage your LinkedIn recommendations

Manage your LinkedIn recommendations

Then follow the steps:

  1. Select the position you want to be recommended for
  2. Type in the name of the person you are seeking the recommendation from
  3. Create your message – and customize it to your needs and even suggest an event or a project

Then < Send >. You will be notified by email if you receive the recommendation. You can choice to publish it, ignore it and even send back to request a revision (i.e. incorrect date). Always thank the person for the recommendation. If published, please note you can now drag and drop recommendations and put into order.

Writing A Recommendation on LinkedIn

Here’s a short guide on how to write a LinkedIn recommendation. (Added 1/28/14)

Help For LinkedIn Small Business Target Marketing

Help For LinkedIn Small Business Target Marketing

Last updated: January 28, 2014