LinkedIn is the online platform for all things that relate to your professional brand, and you want to use it to your best advantage to the fullest extent that you can. You need to have your profile completed. Each section that is pertinent to you should be optimized. Related: How To Ask For LinkedIn Recommendations One easy and fairly straightforward way to add credibility to your profile is to get LinkedIn endorsements for skills you have developed and honed over the course of your work history. There are several ways to do that, and I am going to mention three in particular, but before I get into the ways to receive endorsements, I would like to offer a caveat about how you choose the skills for which you want to be endorsed. LinkedIn offers you an opportunity to select from a multitude of skills and to choose up to 50 individual skills for which to be endorsed. It is far too easy to fall into the trap of selecting too many skills or picking skills in which you may have some limited proficiency. I want to offer a bit of advice here and suggest that you be selective (and a little restrained) when choosing which skills you want to be recognized for having. Realistically, you probably don’t need more than 20 discrete skills in your profile, and they should be clearly differentiated from one another. Be honest with yourself, and don’t select skills that are not in alignment with jobs you have had in the past. Don’t feel pressured to have 50 skills selected just because you can. Select those skills that you have and that you have demonstrated over the course of your career(s) or job(s) so that people who have worked with you or who know you relatively well can endorse you with a clear conscience. When offering endorsements for others, only endorse them for skills you know they have, and avoid offering endorsements for skills you don’t have first-hand knowledge of someone possessing. An example would be that on occasion, I receive endorsements for public speaking from individuals that I am sure have never heard me speak in public. I do have skill in public speaking, but it says something about the person who would endorse me for that skill when they have no first-hand experience of it, don’t you think? Be careful and offer your endorsements with a sense of integrity. Only endorse people that you know have the skills you are endorsing them for, and only ask for and accept endorsements for skills you possess. With that note of caution out of the way, let me offer that I think there are three easy and relatively painless ways to add endorsements to your LinkedIn profile.
Having already spoken about how LinkedIn endorsements can help and hurt you, we now turn specifically to things you can do with your LinkedIn endorsements to improve your job search. Related: 4 Big Tips For LinkedIn Endorsements And Skills The specific skills included to the Endorsements section can help employers and recruiters find you more easily when a search is conducted for the specific skill. So, if your profile doesn’t include any skills, it’s time to get some on there. It will help even if they don’t get endorsed. Take some of these steps under Endorsements to improve on your LinkedIn profile for job search efforts:
Ever wonder what having LinkedIn skills endorsements say about you to employers? WATCH: 9 LinkedIn Profile Picture FAILS Endorsements are supposed to help your profile. Yet, in some instances, it may be hurting your efforts to come off as that “perfect” candidate for the job. It is important that your endorsements support your overall value proposition. The more skills endorsements you have for your core skills, the higher rank you will get when recruiters are looking for talent.
Good morning!It’s Monday morning and you stroll into work exhausted with sand still in your eyes, wishing you could have slept that extra 30 minutes. You finally sit at your desk and open up your email just to see 50 unread messages.
Monday morning networking tip!Nobody likes to have a flooded inbox, especially on a Monday. You may think that sending out connection invitations, and InMail messages to hiring managers and other execs is a good thing. You think that sending them out shows you are a proactive candidate. Well, you are partially correct, it does show your pro-activeness. Here's the thing, they are most likely just as tired as you with even more to do. So where does this leave us? Stop sending out those networking invites to these high level execs on Mondays! "But I thought that’s what LinkedIn is for?” You ask. Well, networking is the main point of LinkedIn, but on Mondays, there are much more productive things you can do on the networking website.
If I can't reach out to these people, what can I do?If you have time on your hands, then spend it productively on LinkedIn.You know the small section where you list out all of your skills and people can endorse you? Is yours looking a bit bare? Take advantage of this time and endorse your colleagues, your friends, or your boss. Endorse anyone you can realistically vouch for.
Why endorse all these people, you ask?If you start dishing out LinkedIn endorsements, then chances are they will do the same for you. The more endorsements you have, the better you look in the eyes of potential employers. Having more endorsements also ensures you appear closer to the top of a LinkedIn search for that skill or your field, so the right person has a better chance of seeing your profile ahead of the competition.
Here is a little secret..Companies want passive job seekers these days (which is 60% of the candidate pool). They aren't waiting around for that aggressive job seeker. With LinkedIn being bigger than ever and LinkedIn Recruiter playing a big factor, it is crucial for you to have a fat profile! Get those endorsements up. Get those recommendations written! Do you want to work for your dream company? Then do this every Monday and you’ll create a much stronger presence on LinkedIn.
Want to learn more?Posted below is a video that is part of our new weekly YouTube series titled: How-To Tuesdays airing every Tuesday at 2 pm EDT. Our founder, J.T. O'Donnell, explains the importance of endorsing and staying out of these execs' inboxes on Mondays. Enjoy the videos and be sure to tune in every Tuesday & Thursday to CAREEREALISM TV on YouTube for our weekly series:
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