LinkedIn recommendations are easy to get and are a great way to gain credibility. If you’re starting your LinkedIn recommendation journey start by sharing some love and giving someone one. That way they’re likely to reciprocate. Thereafter, be brave and contact people who already know, like and trust you to ask them to give you a recommendation. In most instances they’ll be delighted to help.
Getting recommendations on LinkedIn can help you build credibility, showcase your skills, and help position your business – but lots of people are shy to ask for them. Here are some steps you can take to encourage and obtain recommendations on LinkedIn:
1. Provide value and establish relationships: Start by actively engaging with your connections on LinkedIn. Offer insights, share valuable content, and participate in discussions. By building meaningful relationships, you increase the likelihood of receiving recommendations from those who know and appreciate your work.
2. Offer recommendations first: A great way to receive recommendations is by giving them. Take the initiative to write thoughtful and genuine recommendations for others in your network. Often, they will be more inclined to return the favor and provide a recommendation for you.
3. Ask for reviews directly: When you feel comfortable and have established a rapport with your connections, politely ask them for a LinkedIn recommendation. Be specific about what you would like them to highlight and explain why their input would be valuable to you. Personalise your request to demonstrate that you value their opinion and appreciate their time.
4. Follow up and express gratitude: Once you receive a recommendation, take the time to thank the person who wrote it. Express your appreciation for their kind words and let them know how the recommendation will help you. This not only shows gratitude but also encourages others to leave recommendations when they see the positive feedback you have received.
Remember, it’s essential to maintain professionalism and authenticity when seeking recommendations on LinkedIn. Focus on building genuine relationships, providing value, and showcasing your skills, and the recommendations will come naturally over time.
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