If you’ve ever wondered how to request a recommendation on LinkedIn, you’re smart.
Testimonials are an essential part of an optimized profile, yet few people take advantage of them. Probably because it can be uncomfortable to ask your colleagues, customers, and clients to write recommendations for you. Because of that, when I see a great request, I like to feature it here.
At a minimum, recommendations show recruiters and hiring managers that some people like you well enough to stand up for you in public. When done well, they also provide valuable insight into what it’s like to work with you and whether or not you deliver results.
In addition, they help your LinkedIn SEO/visibility by:
- Adding keyword density to your profile.
- Giving LinkedIn independent verification of your skills.
How to Request a Recommendation on LinkedIn
One of my resume clients shared the following request with me yesterday. It resonated as *awesome* with me because of its clarity and graciousness. It’s calm, confident, and it provides a clear outline of what the recommendation might look like.
The outline matters because it helps the writer form his or her thoughts and it helps the requester get a recommendation that provides useful information to people reading his profile.
Check it out:
Good morning Amit,
I hope all is well. I wonder if you would mind writing a brief recommendation for me based on our experience working together when I was your salesperson with X Corp.
A brief note about my approach to sales and service, handling your account, recommending the right product mix, and being a resource through implementation would be incredibly helpful if you feel that you had an experience worthy of a comment.
I understand if you are busy and it has been a while since we have spoken. If there is anything that I can do to help, please do not hesitate to contact me.
As always, I greatly appreciate your time.
P.S. You might find these step-by-step instructions helpful (I know I do!): How to Recommend Someone on LinkedIn
BTW, he got the recommendation.
I’m curious, who would you ask to write a testimonial for you? Why not adapt this sample to your career and send it to them right now?
If you need ideas about what to mention in the second paragraph, look under the “Using Adjectives & Adverbs” heading on this advice about keywords.
Don’t wait until you’re job searching to ask for recommendations. Keep that part of your LinkedIn profile in good shape all the time!
As you receive recommendations, make a note to yourself to return the favor in some way — a lunch, a baseball game, a sincere thank you — a tangible expression of your appreciation for their thoughtfulness.
For a peek at the future (or the present), check out this post about a free artificial intelligence program that writes LinkedIn recommendations and performance reviews.
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Updated July 2019
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