LinkedIn Skills Endorsements hit the scene back in September 2012
Many people were not fans and by the looks of it, some are still fighting them by not participating. How do you make the best of LinkedIn Skills Endorsements?
- List your skills. You can add and manage your skills in the Skills & Expertise section of your profile when it is in edit mode. Pick at least ten. LinkedIn will give you variations of the same skill so setting your skills can take a while. For instance, I was offered several endorsement opportunities with the words Social Media so I took advantage by listing all that were applicable. You don’t have to ask for the Skills Endorsements to receive them and depending on your settings, you will get an e-mail notification when you receive one.
- Hide skills you don’t want to show. This is something many people don’t realize you can do. It’s beneficial to hide skills for a few reasons. Perhaps someone gave you an endorsement for a skill you don’t believe applies to you. Perhaps you are looking for a job and you want your endorsements to be focused on the skills necessary for the job you are interviewing for. Perhaps you want more endorsements on skills at the bottom of your list. Here’s a quick video to show you exactly how:
- According to LinkedIn’s overview, you can only give or receive endorsements to and from your 1st degree connections. This brings up the age old argument between those who have thousands of 1st degree connections and those who only connect with those whom they personally know and trust. It is easy to assume those with thousands of 1st degree connections will more than likely get more skills endorsements than those who do not. The more people you’re connected to, the greater your reach and the more possibilities you have to get help reaching out to a potential employer, client or consultant. Please do not misunderstand, I’m not saying to go out and connect with every person on LinkedIn, I’m just pointing out the likelihood of the number of endorsements you could receive in relation to the number of 1st degree connections you have.
- It’s a good idea to reciprocate skills endorsements. If someone went to the trouble to endorse you for skills you listed, or even for some skills you have but forgot to list, why not reciprocate? Let’s say you’ve reciprocated to the point there are no more opportunities to endorse them for a skill. How do you interact with them to stay in their news feed then? All you need to do is look at the Activity box right below their photo. This box will show what this person has been up to on LinkedIn (if they have their settings to show this information), click See More. If they have shared blog posts or commented on items, you can interact with someone this way as well. This is also a good opportunity to meet in person for coffee or to network.
So, for a quick recap of managing your LinkedIn skills endorsements: List the skills you want, hide the ones you don’t want to show, connect to more people if you want more endorsements and reciprocate.
Do you have any LinkedIn skills endorsements tips?