LinkedIn loves its Skills & Endorsements, yet few members share their passion. Jeff Weiner wants to build a global economic graph that shows where skills cluster globally.
Meanwhile, Google is building an AI system to help job seekers find demand (job postings) for their skills.
I wonder when Google is going to integrate our Google+ profiles into its Google for Jobs system? Those profiles are just sitting there aching to be built out.
Given that both LinkedIn/Microsoft and Google, two of the world’s five most valuable companies, care about our skills, it’s time that we do too. Not convinced? Look at the work described here that LinkedIn is doing with the Word Economic Forum (H/T Greg Cooper).
You know how when you want to change careers you have to identify your transferable skills? And it’s a bit of an uphill climb?
Google and LinkedIn plan to make that easier for all of us. They’re in the process of building a global, skills-driven job market — and, in the process, diffusing a huge amount of friction.
Now Do You Care About Your Skills & Endorsements?
I hope so, because those who claim skills and provide third party validation for them will have a competitive advantage in a skills-driven job market.
Grouse all you want about the inaccuracy and manipulation of skills endorsements on LinkedIn. Some information will be better than no information.
How to Get Going on Endorsements
- Go to Your LinkedIn profile.
- Go to Featured Skills & Endorsements.
- Click the edit pencil.
- Go to the lower left corner and click “Adjust endorsement settings.”
- Click “I want to be endorsed.”
- Click “Include me in endorsement suggestions to my connections.”
- Click “Show me suggestions to endorse my connections.” It’s good to give.
- Thank people who endorse you. They’re building your future career.
Steps 5 through 7 look like this:
You can also watch a quick “how to” video here:
While you’re (hopefully) on LinkedIn implementing these improvements, please don’t hesitate to invite me to connect here. The more I know about my readers, the more relevant I can make my blog posts!
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Original Post Featured by Lifehacker
Radically revised June 2017
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