Getting a LinkedIn recommendation is a great way of improving your LinkedIn profile. This is because it is essentially a third-party confirming all the positive stuff you are saying about yourself. Getting a recommendation, however, can be difficult. Not because people don’t want to support each other or highlight when you’ve done a good job, but simply because they don’t have the time or even think about writing one.
How to Get a LinkedIn Recommendation?
Normally if you simply ask an employer or a client to write you a recommendation they will be more than happy to do this for you. Another good way of encouraging someone to give you a recommendation is to give them one first. As you’ve gone to the trouble of writing them a recommendation it will make it easier when you approach them and ask for them to give you one as well.
If you’re going to do this, however, you need to be sure that you’re writing them a great recommendation. Writing a LinkedIn recommendation shouldn’t take a lot of time but there are some key details you need to include: who they are, what your relationship is, their positive attributes and finally why you’re recommending them.
Often it helps to follow a sample LinkedIn recommendation, as this shows you the type of language to use and what to include. You can find a LinkedIn recommendation examples by looking at other people’s profile pages, but to make it easier below are two samples of what a good recommendation looks like.