Why do I need LinkedIn recommendations with my “free account?”​ (updated 2020)

Here’s why.

You are vetted by others without your knowledge, who search LinkedIn to learn more about you and your online reputation. According to industry sources, hiring managers are heavy users of LinkedIn, even if you’re not actively looking for a new position.

Did you know:

  1. 87% of recruiters use LinkedIn specifically to find candidates for jobs.
  2. 94% of recruiters use LinkedIn to vet job candidates, after viewing their resumes.

LinkedIn recommendations are permanent testimonials displayed publicly on your profile which validate your performance by professionals who know your work. This section can be very valuable for job seekers; think of recommendations as your references that will be viewed by the hiring manager, giving you the advantage.

These testimonials are best written in the first person, by someone with specific knowledge, written in their own words.

How many are needed?

Your goals are to obtain two or, even better, three recommendations for each and every position that you have held within your career.

Want to know how to write a recommendation in 5 easy steps? Here’s your answer.

Why bother with recommendations?

  • You know this one. Your credibility is heightened by those who can vouch for your work.
  • Whatever your professional vertical, your LinkedIn recommendations vet your work written by current or former clients or colleagues and improve your odds at receiving referrals for work in the future with accolades about your dedication.
  • Beyond the positive accolade, the recommendation provides a lasting link between your profile and the writer of your positive review.
  • Don’t forget to include keyword strings if you are writing a recommendation for someone else (or if you are asking a colleague for yourself.) Just place the keywords strategically within recommendations to enhance the profile’s SEO. For example, you might write something like “best leader in the hybrid cloud industry who mentored me.”

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