How to Give — and Receive — LinkedIn Recommendations


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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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Simplify Your Job Search Keyword Comparison with These 5 Tools

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This is a continuation of my answer on Quora to someone that asked the question:

What are some good online tools to evaluate resumes?

Another tool you can also use is see the images below of how I compared a recent client’s current resume

keywords to the marketing ads for jobs she wanted to apply for. I know its tedious folks but this is what you have to do to be

hired in today’s market. We can do it all for you at The Talent Mill and if it gets to be too much.

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Author: Mill Montejo of the Talent Mill

What are some good online tools to evaluate resumes?


For job seekers who must continually use their current resumes as a template for the next job ad they want to apply for here are some good text comparison tools, not all free, but worth it if you need to compare your resume keywords with those in a job ad quickly and accurately.

Hope these help you folks get the resumes out.  But remember if they find you online because you built your “career brand” up then you don’t have to work so hard at this job search thing.  When recruiters search for the skills your name will pop up in their Google searches and they will call YOU.

So with all the competition out there in the job market, you must take the reigns and take charge of your online presence NOW!  If you don’t start posting positive things about yourself and your accomplishments the web has a way of only showing our “digital dirt” to people who search for our names and believe me if you’ve had your fingers on a keyboard the last 15 years then you have digital dirt too.  Anything you might have said in an online forum back in the AOL days is still alive and breathing on the WWW for a potential employer to find.  So search yourself, create new positive stories and blog about your industry knowledge, etc.

All these steps together will make a huge difference in your job search results and that phone might start ringing.

Answer by Mill Montejo:

There is a great new tool out which comes from DiffNow that is powered by prestoSoft the makers of ExamDiff Pro to Compare files, directories, documents, archives, and binary files with this visual diff utility

I have used it to do keyword comparisons from a client’s resume to the job ad they spotted and wish to apply to.  It works really well in isolating the differences in the text from your resume, to the job ad, which is important to match as much as possible while not lying about your experience, to make your resume keyword optimized.  Unfortunately in the competitive job market we have now everyone MUST target each resume to each job ad or risk it being lost in the black hole of the Applicant Tracking Systems in use by recruiters, and hiring managers to sort through the hundreds of resumes they receive for one opening.  It’s like optimizing a website for SEO.  It’s an algorythm and keyword game folks!

“DiffNow lets you compare text files, documents, binary files, and archives up to 1024KB in size. You can either upload the files you wish to compare or enter their URLs. Results are returned as an interactive HTML report.

DiffNow is powered by ExamDiff Pro and uses all of the comparison plug-ins in the ExamDiff Pro plug-in library.

All uploaded files are deleted immediately after comparison.”

Best of luck in your job search!

Mill Montejo
The Talent Mill & Resume Found (resume help)

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