Linkedin Recommendations – Why You Need Your Colleagues to Review You
LinkedIn is a great social network for professionals or those looking for a job. It’s basically a large database of resumes that highlight a user’s experience and accomplishments, and can help others learn what they excel at and if they’d be a good fit for their company.
In order to get people interested in you on LinkedIn, you need to have a compelling profile that contains fancy job titles and a wealth of detail about how you helped your current and past companies succeed.
But what you also need to have on your LinkedIn profile are recommendations. LinkedIn allows past colleagues to recommend you, and having these is key to a great LinkedIn profile for the following reasons.
They highlight your strengths.
Some people are very modest, so they won’t brag about the ways they helped their company or their colleagues achieve certain goals. But allowing colleagues to leave recommendations can provide insight that you maybe didn’t want to mention for fear of sounding narcissistic. You may have been too afraid to say how you landed an awesome deal that got everyone in the company a raise, but your colleague won’t fail to mention it, and this can then be seen by anyone reading your profile looking to learn more about you.
They show who you impress.
If you’re an intern and you’re receiving a wealth of recommendations from your company’s owner or president, it can do so much for your image. Having recommendations by people of power always make you seem more worthy of earning a job or being someone to build a relationship with. This shows that you have what it takes to impress the head honchos, and if they’re taking time out of their day to write you a LinkedIn recommendation, you must be very good at your job.
They show yoursquo;ve made an impact.
When a potential employer looks at your LinkedIn profile, they’re not solely looking at how you perform as an individual, but they also want to know how you perform as a team. If you have a large amount of recommendations from people in many different areas, it shows that you’re extremely versatile and able to work in a collaborative team setting. If you don’t have any reviews, it could be a sign that you only work well by yourself and that you haven’t made an impact on anyone in your field to leave a recommendation for you.
They validate your resume.
Let’s face it. People lie on their resumes to make themselves sound better or more qualified than they truly are. But if your LinkedIn profile is honest, recommendations can help prove the validity of your information. For example, if you claimed to have worked for a large law firm and you have a recommendation from a colleague who also worked there, it’s proof that you did have a job there. On the other hand, if you worked in the mailroom at said law firm but are claiming to have been an associate lawyer, your recommendations can nullify this, especially if a recommendation is specific and says what a great mail person you were.
If you’re currently using LinkedIn to hunt for a job, make sure that you have recommendations. As you can see, they can truly help you land a job – as long as you’re not lying on your profile.
Garrett Payne is an experienced businessman specializing in review tracking. He often gives advice about monitoring online reviews. Garrett recently provided information about reviews aggregators.