Acceptable for Family to Write LinkedIn Recommendation?

Dear Experts, I'm wondering if it's professionally acceptable to ask for or write recommendations for family on LinkedIn. Obviously this is out of the question if you have never worked with the family member, but what about situations in which you worked with/supervised a spouse or other relative? How is a recommendation written by someone with the same last name viewed by networking contacts and hiring managers, even if that person was a supervisor or colleague? Here is how our CAREEREALISM-Approved Experts answered this question on Twitter: Q#470 I think it's okay IF make clear relationship, focus on work outcomes, have it as one of MANY other recommendations from colleagues and clients. (@juliaerickson) Q#470 LinkedIn recommendations from family aren't advisable. Instead, if you work in family biz, focus on customer or client testimonials. (@tmonhollon) Q#470 I would avoid - especially if it's your spouse. (@EmilyBennington) Q#470 Truthfully, I think LinkedIn recommendations are a waste of time. So many seem fake or forced. Just my opinion. (@beneubanks) Q#470 Don't do it. The recruiter won't consider it as "valid" either way. Don't take the risk. (@gradversity) Our Twitter Advice Project (T.A.P.) is no longer an active campaign. To find an answer to the above question, please use the "Search" box in the right-hand column of this website.

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