A recommendation is a comment written by a LinkedIn member to endorse a colleague, business partner, student, or service provider. People interested in hiring or doing business with someone often consider recommendations in making their decisions.
The two-edged sword of a LinkedIn Recommendation
Never give a recommendation on the sole basis of expecting one in return. Granted, giving a recommendation can result in receiving a recommendation. However, you don’t want to be recommended by someone who doesn’t know anything about you personally and or doesn’t know anything about the quality of your work or product. Should you get such a recommendation, don’t post it. You want all things to be credible where you are concerned.
Your recommendation puts your word on the line
When you give a recommendation it is your word that is on the line – remember that. An ethical person will not request friends and/or colleagues to write ingenious recommendations for them, nor will the ethical person do so for another. For those who follow this practice, it will become evident over time and result in a damaged reputation. If the person is not what they appear to be, then you will know it when you do business with them for the first or second time.
Asking for Recommendations
We all know if we are truly good at what we do and whether or not others concur. Reach out to those who you have done business with you and have built a solid reputation. These need to be connections that know you and/or your work first hand. Make certain they are recommending you on what they know about you. In order to clarify further, I mean that many of your connections may know of you but they do they really know about you?
Should I take stock in recommendations I read on profiles?
When I look at the profiles of business connections on LinkedIn, one of the areas I look at are the recommendations. I want to know what others think of their work.
Remember these things and you will go far…
- Do the right thing and the right things will come your way.
- Never give a recommendation of anyone’s work if you have not witnessed their work first hand.
- Decline giving recommendations when requested if you don’t know anything about the person and/or their work.
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To your continued success,
~ Donna Gilliland