Get Better Endorsements and Improve Your Search for Jobs

Get Hired Fast - jobsOne of the newer features on LinkedIn is the endorsement function. It was introduced on September 24, 2012, and has increased in popularity with 10 million endorsements being issued each day. Now that you have probably gotten a few endorsements on your profile, you should think about how to incorporate them into your strategy for searching for jobs. Fortunately, it is not a complicated task.

Update Your Skills

Even if you have already received some endorsements already, you want to make sure that you are getting them in the skill areas that you are trying to promote. When you edit your profile, there is a “skills and expertise” tab; you should add skills that are important in your career or intended career. You also should list them in the order of importance to you – this puts them at the top of the list and increased the likelihood that you will get endorsements.

Get Endorsements

You should ask for endorsements from your close friends and co-workers. Send a brief note to these people to ask them to please endorse your work or one or two skills that you have listed. Recruiters will compare your endorsement count against other potential job candidates so you want to look as if others appreciate your work.

Reciprocate Endorsements

If someone endorses you, you should take a look at their profile and offer one of your own. Of course, if you don’t really know this person or have not spoken to them in years, it makes it a bit more difficult to reciprocate. However, receiving an endorsement may open up opportunities to network – either in person or online; the distant connection’s endorsement may give you the opportunity to touch base and may provide additional options for finding a job that you may not expect.

Hide Inappropriate Endorsements

As only first-degree connections can endorse you, it is expected that the endorsements have significant meaning. However, as we have increased our contact circles, it is possible that you may receive inappropriate endorsements for skills that you don’t possess or use. You should hide those endorsements; go to menu and select “edit profile” and “skills.” From there, you can pick the “manage endorsements” option and uncheck the box next to the skill you want to hide. You can’t delete any endorsements outright, but you can keep your profile clean and focused for potential recruiters.

Endorsements show potential employers what other people who have worked with you think about your skills. Emphasizing the skills that are important to your job search can help differentiate you from other job seekers, making your LinkedIn profile more valuable.

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