When LinkedIn came up with “Endorsements” last fall, I was very skeptical. Like many career experts, I thought it was rather annoying and easy to game. I didn’t think it would take off like it has. But, with CAREEREALISM encouraging “Endorse Day,” and over 5.5 million endorsements sent as of mid-December, I thought I should revisit my initial impression on LinkedIn Endorsements. I’ve been analyzing what other coaches have been writing on their blogs and among career organizations’ e-lists, watching what my clients have been doing on LinkedIn, and reading the statement produced by LinkedIn. After processing all of that, I’ve developed the stance that endorsements will be a useful thing for the job seeker.
January 14, 2013