How to Give — and Receive — LinkedIn Recommendations


linkedin recommendations

With all the changes to LinkedIn, one thing that never goes out of style is having people say nice things about you on your LinkedIn profile — even if LinkedIn puts different emphasis on the role of Recommendations in the profile. For recruiters and hiring managers who take the time to read them, great Recommendations can be the difference in getting the job offer. So don’t miss out on any opportunity to “get yours.”

LinkedIn Recommendations are a natural evolution of references and letters of recommendation. However, they often are more credible than these traditional documents, because it is harder to fake a Recommendation on LinkedIn than it is to forge a letter. Since many companies are restricting reference checks to verification of title and dates of employment, a LinkedIn Recommendation from a supervisor — and/or coworkers — does carry some weight.

LinkedIn has been described as a “reputation engine.” That’s an apt description, because your reputation does precede you online — not just in your work history, but also in your LinkedIn Recommendations. At we recommend that our clients also utilize the web scraping software known as BrandYourself. This software is priced reasonably, you can pay about $35 quarterly, although this figure could have slightly changed, to more easily scan for any negative posts online.

Remember that someone looking at your Recommendations wants to know two things:

  • What are you like?
  • Are you good at what you do?

LinkedIn used to require a minimum for three Recommendations for your profile to be considered “complete,” but that is no longer part of the profile strength measurement system. However, according to LinkedIn, “Users with Recommendations in their profiles are three times more likely to receive relevant offers and inquiries through searches on LinkedIn.”

In addition, you can enhance your own reputation by providing Recommendations, because people viewing your profile can see (and read) the Recommendations you make. People can see the Recommendations you’ve received (click on “Received”) as well as the Recommendations you’ve given (click on “Given”).

Recommendations can also provide Search Engine Optimization (SEO) results — meaning, they will help you get found — both on LinkedIn as well as on search engines. Use industry-specific terminology in your Recommendations. Keywords included in LinkedIn Recommendations also receive emphasis in search engine results — especially searches within LinkedIn. When conducting a keyword search, all the keywords in a profile are indexed, and profiles with a high match of relevant keywords come up higher in the results listings. Although LinkedIn’s specific algorithms are secret, some experts suggest that keywords in Recommendations receive double the rankings of keywords provided in the profile itself.

How many Recommendations you should have on your profile depends on how many contacts you have. A good guideline is 1-2 Recommendations for every 50 connections. Ideally, these will be a variety of individuals — not just supervisors, but co-workers, people you supervise, and clients/customers. Choose quality over quantity.

Recommendations should be built up over time. Because Recommendations have a date attached to them, don’t try to solicit all of your Recommendations at once. Don’t write and send your Recommendations all at once either. Recommendations are date-stamped, so the reader will be able to see when they were added to your page. It’s best if they are added gradually, over time.

Follow us here or on our main JobSearchSuperhero blog, and we’ll start with what to write in a Recommendation you give, and then show you how to actually make a Recommendation on LinkedIn. Finally, you’ll learn how to request your own Recommendations on LinkedIn. In the next post we will show you the actual formula for writing a good LinkedIn Recommendation, but here is a preview below.

Formula for Writing a LinkedIn Recommendation

Before you write anything, take a look at your contact’s LinkedIn profile. Align your Recommendation with the individual’s LinkedIn profile. Tie in what you write with their LinkedIn Headline, Summary, and/or experience — reinforce the qualities they want to emphasize in the Recommendation you write. Look at the existing Recommendations they’ve received too.

Some things to consider include:

  • What are they good at?
  • What did they do better than anyone else?
  • What impact did they have on me? (How did they make my life better/easier?)
  • What made them stand out?
  • Is there a specific result they delivered in this position?
  • What surprised you about the individual?

Choose the qualities you want to emphasize in the person you are recommending. You may choose to use what author and speaker Lisa B. Marshall calls “The Rule of Threes.” Simply stated, concepts or ideas presented in groups of three are more interesting, more enjoyable, and more memorable. (See how that works?)

In general, you will want to showcase transferable skills, because these will be the most relevant for your contacts when they are using LinkedIn for a job search or business development.

The top 10 skills employers are looking for in employees are:

  • Communication Skills (verbal and written)
  • Integrity and Honesty
  • Teamwork Skills (works well with others)
  • Interpersonal Skills (relates well to others)
  • Motivation/Initiative
  • Strong Work Ethic
  • Analytical Skills
  • Flexibility and Adaptability
  • Computer Skills
  • Organizational Skills

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Keywords In Your Resume Are Important


Keywords In Your Resume Are Important

Along with action verbs and accomplishment based task bullet-ed list, each résumé you send out must match the keywords in the company’s advertisement and/or their values from their website. Do your research folks if you want to get the call for the interview! Then enjoy the cute little cartoon. 🙂

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Yes You Can Make a Video Resume Too

How the hell do I get hired?!?!


Check out the very informative SlideShare from Prakash Bala below:

I believe the “meat and potatoes” of the slideshow are on slide 7 and 8.  Prakash lists very important key points you must remember to do before an interview.  I cannot stress this enough, you must absolutely, positively practice for any interview if you expect to have a chance to get the job.  There is way too much competition out there today.

See some stats from the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Among the major worker groups, unemployment rates declined in April for adult men (5.9 percent), adult women (5.7 percent), teenagers (19.1 percent), whites (5.3 percent), blacks (11.6 percent), and Hispanics (7.3 percent). The jobless rate for Asians was 5.7 percent (not seasonally adjusted), little changed over the year. (See tables A-1, A-2, and A-3.)

The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) declined by 287,000 in April to 3.5 million; these individuals accounted for 35.3 percent of the unemployed. Over the past 12 months, the number of long-term unemployed has decreased by 908,000. (See table A-12.)

So you see, it stands to reason that anyone that really wants to get that job they have their eye on, will practice, cross their fingers and hope for the best.  Because the employers short list likely totals at least 30 others maybe just as qualified as you.

So here are some of the steps that Prakash outlined in his slideshare:

  • Have a written script to read from
  • Practice in front of a mirror until you think it is perfect
  • Calculate how long it takes you to read your script
  • Ensure that you highlight all your top accomplishments in your script
  • Make it about 1 to 2 minutes long, succinct and to the point with 3 to 4 sections
  • Start with stating your contact info: name, title, location
  • Discuss your academic qualifications
  • Speak to any projects, its goals, objectives, and outcomes and your role in it
  • List your strengths, accomplishments, and what you will bring to the table
  • Conclude with your email address, phone number, and any professional website address

If you want to give making your own video resume a shot here is a great new tool from that helps you do that. Please share our post with friends so they too can learn how to create a video resume with this free and very intuitive tool that anyone can use.  I hope these educational resources I have curated here have been useful.  If so please share our Blog with others that might benefit as well.  If you still need personalized help with your current job search or career documents then drop us a line.

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Tools For Searching Jobs For The Anonymous Job Seeker


Tools For Conducting Anonymous & Confidential Job Searches

Not every resume client that calls on us is unemployed. In fact many that are seeking new resumes and LinkedIn profiles are still currently employed. We should all be able to search for and seek out new opportunities that will benefit us and our families without fear of retribution. But in this fiercely competitive and sluggish job market fear reigns supreme. We’d like to share some free useful tools for job seekers to use on confidential job searches. Do you know of any others?  Well share a brief list below or you can click on the image below which takes you to the original list on

We'd like to share some free useful tools for job seekers to use on confidential job searches.

Not every resume client that calls on us is already unemployed. In fact many that are seeking new resumes and LinkedIn profiles are still currently employed. We should all be able to search for and seek out new opportunities that will benefit us and our families without fear of retribution. But in this fiercely competitive and sluggish job market fear reigns supreme.

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  1. redditors for hire (Used by Mostly Millenials)

    reddit: the front page of the internet. how reddit works

    “redditors vote on which stories and discussions are important. the hottest stories rise to the top, while cooler stories sink.”

    Just like there are hidden jobs to be found via Twitter, Redditors are finding ways to discuss jobs and finding jobs.

  2. jobbit: jobs for redditors

    jobbit: jobs for redditors

    reddit: the front page of the internet,

    Post an anonymous FOR HIRE on reddit to fish for interested employers. This way you can conduct your job search more privately.

  3. LinkedIn


    While some may think that your information is out there for the world to see on LinkedIn that is incorrect. You can go into settings and hide your activity broadcasts this way no one will see that you are making changes and updates to your profile. You can make your photo private and visible only to your connections. While you might be limited in what you can discuss in groups in your industry because others related to your current business may see it. But you can and should still discuss industry standards whatever they may be in groups before you need a network. Network and make yourself stand out as a thought leader before you need it.

  4. freelance


    reddit: the front page of the internet

    Freelance work via Reddit.

  5. - A Job Search Engine for Twitter. – A Job Search Engine for Twitter. – the world’s first job search engine to harness the power of Twitter. Search the hottest, most recent best paid jobs in the entire Twitterverse. You can search privately via Twitter and possibly even tweet from a generic job seeker accout like @JohnDoeWorks or something catchy.

    ““We need to give the best support we can to help students have something lined up for when they graduate, and to help those that are out of work to compete for the jobs that are available.” – Charlie Ball, Research Director at the Higher Education Careers Services Unit (HECSU)

    TwitJobSearch, the first real-time job search engine, is excited to be working with the UK’s official graduate careers website, Graduate Prospects.”

  6. Job Search | one search. all jobs.

    Job Search | one search. all jobs.

    Click here to find millions of jobs from thousands of company web sites, job boards and newspapers. one search. all jobs. Indeed.

    While I wouldn’t necessarily post a public resume on Indeed even if there is a private posting option. It is still a great aggregating website that in essence pulls in from all other job advertisements on the web. You can go to industry career website for a more in depth look, but for a significant online curation of most of the job ads out there, I would suggest using Indeed and setting up weekly digest email alerts. This is not meant to have you sending out 300 resumes. But to identify where there might be a few advertised openings. If it’s a company you want to work for then contact us at for further tips on how to reach the decision makers at that specific company. You need to be able to cut ahead in front of the line a bit with an advertised job.

  7. Create Job Alert | Jobfox

    Create Job Alert | Jobfox

    Rather than searching one website, Jobfox will bring you the newest and most relevant jobs matching YOUR criteria from over 50 major job sites.
    They do a pretty good job of matching you up with companies and show you all their information so you can thoroughly research them, before they can research you.

  8. Job Search Engine | Jobs Direct from Companies |

    Job Search Engine | Jobs Direct from Companies |

    Start your job search on one of the purest job search engines on the web. Find and apply to job openings found directly on company websites. Free and no registration required. They crawl company websites and find all company advertised jobs and aggregate them for you in one place.

  9. Glassdoor - an inside look at jobs & companies

    Glassdoor – an inside look at jobs & companies

    Search jobs then look inside. Company salaries, reviews, interview questions, and more – all posted anonymously by employees and job seekers. When you want to research and search for a new opportunity anonymously, Glassdoor is a great resource.

  10. JibberJobber :: Login

    JibberJobber :: Login

    JibberJobber: A tool for job seekers, job hunters, recruiters and headhunters to organize the job hunt and manage a professional network. It’s been called job searching on steroids. It’s really a good organizer and motivator for the unemployed and under-motivated. It helps keep your job search organized. But you still need to make the contacts and meet the people in real life to get the job. So get busy my friends!

    There are of course the original job search sites (Monster, Careerbuilder, Dice, HotJobs, even Craigslist if you’re extra careful for scammers)you can utilize in a stealth way too.  Follow our blog at and sign up for the free eBook for more up to the minute job search tips from Mill’s resources at The National Resume Writers Association.  Or call us at 973-341-3479 for a free resume and/or LinkedIn profile critique.

    For the complete updated list click on the image above to go to




Success In The Digital Age


“Success In The Digital Age”

Success for businesses, as well as individuals is based on the same principles in the digital age of Social Media, as it was in any age.  Those that follow their passion, and make part of their mission to help others solve problems will be showered with success from all corners.  Try it!  Volunteer somewhere!  You stand a better chance at being hired into a paying job if someone actually sees you giving your best; providing a service for no payment.  Keep that in mind when the “upload resume depression” sets in.~Mill

<Now I’m going to try an experiment in this Blog post and translate the text to Spanish my native language and see how many of our followers speak Spanish.  Let me know if you’d like me to continue to translate the Blog in future posts.>

El éxito de las empresas, así como las personas se basa en los mismos principios en la era digital de los medios sociales, como lo fue en cualquier edad. Los que siguen su pasión, y hacen parte de su misión ayudar a otros a resolver problemas seran bañados con el éxito desde todos los rincones. Pruébelo! Presentese como Voluntario en algun lugar! Usted tiene una mejor oportunidad de ser contratado en un trabajo que paga si alguien realmente ve que le da su mejor, durante el suministro de un servicio para ningún pago monetario. Tenga esto en cuenta cuando la “depresión de mandar tantos resumes” empieze.~Mill

Those that follow their passion, and make part of their mission to help others solve problems will be showered with success from all corners.

Those that follow their passion, and make part of their mission to help others solve problems will be showered with success from all corners. Please share our Blog so we can help others too.

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