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Are References on LinkedIn Respected?

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Dear Experts,

How seriously do people take LinkedIn recommendations? When a group of people are laid off from the company and everyone recommends everyone, how is that viewed? Had they not all been laid off, I doubt that they’d be recommending or receiving recommendations from those same people.

· How do you combat not having the recommendations from your old coworkers or supervisors? The prior company has told current employees they are not allowed to give any type of recommendation for people no longer employed, regardless of the reason.

· What do you do if the recommendation you have is just so-so (person is not a good writer) or has grammar/spelling errors? Seems like it would reflect poorly on you. Do you remove it?

· Is one good recommendation better than none, or if you can’t get 3-5 is it better to have none?

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