Finally, You Can Opt Out of LinkedIn Endorsement Pop-Ups!

LinkedIn endorsements

by Donna Svei on April 6, 2014

You know when you open your LinkedIn profile and there’s a big box that shows you who has endorsed you for skills you don’t have? Because LinkedIn suggested to your connections that they endorse you for skills you might don’t have. Yeah, That Box.

Now you can turn suggested LinkedIn endorsements off. That, in turn, will eliminate That Box. BIG hat tip to Petra Fisher, LinkedIn Trainer, for the alert on this one!

I turned endorsement suggestions off. That Box didn’t go away. I turned endorsement suggestions off again. That Box didn’t go away. Then I went to That Box and X’d out all of the skills I had been endorsed for that I don’t have and closed That Box.

Then I did this:

  1. Clicked “Edit” on my profile.
  2. Scrolled down to Skills & Endorsements.
  3. Clicked “Edit.”
  4. Checked “I want to be endorsed” as Yes.
  5. Unchecked “Include me in endorsement suggestions to my connections.” (The end to That Box!!!)
  6. Checked “Show me suggestions to endorse my connections.” (I like to endorse real skills.)
  7. Unchecked “Send me notifications via email when my connections endorse me.”
  8. Scrolled back up to the top of my profile and clicked “Done Editing.”

If you want to see what this looks like, check out the areas highlighted at 1 and 2 in this screenshot from Petra’s Google Plus post on the topic:

 

BTW, That Box hasn’t come back. Yet. I hope it’s not like the guy on the boat in Dead Calm who Nicole Kidman doesn’t quite kill, over and over again, even though you’re screaming, “Killllllllllll him!!!” and she’s just not listening to you. Fingers crossed.

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That wasn’t the only improvement LinkedIn made to Skills & Endorsements last week. Now they also let you arrange your skills in the order in which YOU want them displayed. You can see how to do that here.

While you’re on LinkedIn implementing these improvements, please don’t hesitate to invite me to connect. The more I know about my readers, the more relevant I can make my blog posts!

I write executive resumes and LinkedIn profiles. Save time. Get hired. Email me at donnasvei@gmail.com or call me at (208) 721-0131.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Ed Han April 7, 2014 at 06:19

Donna, this is fantastic–I just did this myself and I’m looking forward to not seeing the box again!

I know Ed! While I appreciate people’s affirmations, I want my profile, including Skills & Endorsements, to reflect what I really do. I thought you would be happy about this. And that box, that pesky box, I’m so glad it’s gone! Have a great week. Donna

Petra Fisher April 7, 2014 at 06:52

Thanks Donna. Love how you picked it up when you saw my screenshot when I didn’t have time to blog. And quite honoured actually to be featured like this on your blog. They’ve made two changes (improvements in my opinion) the the skills & endorsements section. Wonder if they got anything else up their sleeve?

I love the trans-Atlantic collaboration Petra! Donna

Victoria Ipri April 14, 2014 at 10:12

Hey guys- (Ed, Petra…virtual head nod:) )

Please be aware that while you can remove the box from displaying on your profile, it does not stop people from endorsing you. It’s just ‘hidden’. Petra, maybe this is the next step they will take!

True Victoria. They just have to do it from your profile where they can see the skills you WANT to be endorsed for. It will definitely slow down new endorsements, so it’s not for everyone, but it’s wonderful to have the option. Thank you for clarifying. Donna

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