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How to give a top quality recommendation on LinkedIn

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There are two ways you can give a recommendation on LinkedIn. Either you have been asked by one of your contacts, or you want to recommend a contact spontaneously.

recommendation on LinkedIn

1. You have received a recommendation request.

The request will come in via your LinkedIn inbox, and also via email (see screenshot).

recommendation on LinkedIn

click on ‘Write your recommendation’

Your recommendation goes into the first field. In the second field you can write a message to the person you are recommending, to accompany the recommendation.

recommendation on LinkedIn

 

2. If you want to recommend one of your contacts spontaneously

You can either go to the person’s profile and in the drop down menu next to his/her profile picture you choose ‘Recommend’ or you can proceed via the recommendation dashboard (which can be found at http://www.linkedin.com/recommendations) and from there choose the person you want to recommend.

recommendation on LinkedIn

How do I give a top quality recommendation on LinkedIn?

So how do you give a quality recommendation on LinkedIn? Of course it helps if the person who asked you gives you some info on what they would like to have included (as in the example above). But if you didn’t get any ‘instructions’ than a rule of thumb would be the following template:

6 Steps to a give a top quality recommendation on LinkedIn

  1. Explain how you know this person (you were: a client, a boss, a colleague, a professor, a mentor etc)
  2. State how you worked together (a project, a job, university, an event etc)
  3. State how you appreciated the relationship
  4. State the person’s qualities
  5. State specific results (great website, increased income, cut budget etc)
  6. State if you would recommend this person to others.

Believe me, you will be doing this contact a huge favor, giving them such a quality recommendation!

 

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About the Author Sarah Santacroce

I’m a LinkedIn Specialist & Online Presence Mentor and help you convert your presence online into paying customers. I’m also the creative brain behind the LinkedIn Challenge, an event that has helped 1700+ people so far to improve their knowledge about using LinkedIn for business. I live and work in beautiful Switzerland and have helped hundreds of clients from all over the world breathe life into their LinkedIn profiles. I also work with local companies here in my little country to increase their visibility on this powerful professional platform. And finally it’s no coincidence that my business is called Simplicity: I’m known for my simple, no-nonsense Swiss efficiency, mixed with a good dose of Californian ‘yes we can’ attitude!

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