With just a few clicks you can now endorse 1st connections. A much faster way (than recommendations) to support those you have done business with. Many intend on sending a recommendation for colleagues and connections, but just haven’t gotten to it. Now with endorsements it only takes a few seconds to show your support and appreciation for connections.
You may ask “How can this add value?” (1) You increase your credibility by having others vouch for you. Sure anyone can list a skill, but do they really have what it takes to own it? Connections verify that “yes” in fact this person is an expert here. (2) It’s also very valuable in building strong connections and allowing potential networking connections to quickly identify your strengths. And (3) Show your appreciation for others with the support of an endorsement. You stand behind them and want to see them succeed. Who wouldn’t be grateful for this? Toot their horn for them so to speak. (They may very well return the favor.)
Here’s how to make an endorsement:
- simply visit your connections profile page and scroll down to Skills
- click the plus sign.
That’s it. Since this is a new feature, you will also be prompted to endorse various connections while exploring LinkedIn. Typically this allows only one skill at a time. Visit your connections profile to endorse many skills at once.
You can also add skills for someone if you’d like. Perhaps you worked with someone, in the past, who had a slightly different skill set than they are showcasing now. If you’d like go ahead and add the skill and endorse. If they don’t like that you did this (or someone added a skill for you that you don’t want) - simply click on the right arrow next to the skill and select “Hide Endorsement”
Want to know if you’ve been endorsed? Don’t worry, you will receive an e-mail from LinkedIn. You can also see these in your profile view. Not only will you build credibility for your connection, but notice your profile picture is tagged next to the endorsement. Perhaps you’ll expand your network and connect with future clients.
P.S. Don’t quote me, but with keyword rankings I wonder if this will effect search engine results with more endorsements. I haven’t found any proof of this but a gal has to wonder.
View this slideshow, from LinkedIn, for more details with visuals.