How to Properly Ask for a Recommendation on Linkedin

How to Properly Ask for a Recommendation on Linkedin

Don’t overlook the LinkedIn recommendation when updating your profile. Often times people don’t know how important they are, or even how to ask for them.

You are going to read about things to consider when sending your recommendation request, how to write the message and some examples of what others have said.

There are proper ways to write a LinkedIn recommendation. Remember to include these specific things in your request message.

You recently updated your LinkedIn profile, but did you remember the recommendations?

You might be sitting there thinking LinkedIn recommendations are not that important. Keep in mind that your LinkedIn profile is there to show off your accomplishments.  

Without the recommendations, your profile is simply information you write about yourself. Think of the recommendations as a way for potential employers to get confirmation from others that you are as great as you claim to be.  

Be sure to reach out to people that are familiar with the work you’ve done and your work ethic.

You may have more impressive people that can give you recommendations, like an executive. But if you never worked with them directly, it won’t be very meaningful. It is crucial that the person can talk about specific things you’ve done.

Looking for that new job

Whether you’re looking for your dream job, or casually seeking new opportunities, now is the time to get prepared for the job search. One of the first things to do is update your LinkedIn Profile. Often times employers expect recommendations from previous roles when we apply to new positions. 

Consider asking for recommendations via LinkedIn, so future employers can see them when they are reviewing your profile. 

The job search process is competitive, you will need to stand out from other applicants. You want to paint a picture for hiring managers since they aren’t able to get to know the real you merely by reading your profile. 

Providing detailed recommendations tells the employer what type of employee you are, and will give them an idea of what it is like to work with you.

Here are the steps to set up a LinkedIn recommendation request

If you’re still not convinced, even LinkedIn states that hiring managers prefer to connect with people that have LinkedIn recommendations. 

“Hiring managers and people searching for new customers and business partners prefer to work with people who come recommended by someone they know and trust.” 

So let’s get started, here is how to send the request: 

  1. Click the “me” icon at the top of your LinkedIn homepage.

  2. Select “view profile.”

  3. Scroll down to recommendations section, click “ask to be recommended.”

  4. Type the name of the person you’d like to ask for a recommendation in “who do you want to ask?” 

What to say when you’re asking for the recommendation

LinkedIn will provide you with a default message, never use this. The default message is very generic and is not personal. It is important to be yourself, let them know what it is you want, and how they can help you.  

  • Get to the point: tell the person what you want from them.

  • Show gratitude: thank them for taking the time to recommend you.

  • Reciprocate: let them know you’d be happy to return the favor for a recommendation if they ever need it. 

Suggest your request based on a specific project. Think of an important project you worked on, and ask for the recommendation to be about the project. It’s a great way to help the person know what to say, and it will make you stand out more, and impress future employers. They can talk about things like: 

  • You set goals along the way, to show that you work well independently.

  • Exceeded expectations, to show you do more than just the basic requirements of your job.

  • Met deadlines, to show that you have great time management.

  • Worked well with your team, to show you’re a team player.

Now you should have the information you need to write the request. Now we’ll take a look at some ideas for what your request might look like.

Examples of what to say in a recommendation request

Here are some samples of what others have said in their recommendation requests. These will provide you with some inspiration on how you might format your request.  

“Hi Ben, I hope everything’s going well in California! I’m writing to ask if you’d be willing to write a LinkedIn recommendation for me that highlights my crisis communications skills. Ideally, I’d love for you to outline the experience you had with me through the Def Con 5 initiative last year in Philadelphia. I’m working hard to transition into a senior communications role, and most of the employers I’m considering put a strong focus on crisis communications.” 

In this next sample, you’ll notice a specific mention of a project that they worked on. They also directly ask the person to talk about what it was like working together, and what their results were. It is okay to tell the person what to include in the recommendation. This gives them an idea of what to talk about, and lets you know what they’ll be talking about.

"Hi Beth, I hope things are going well with you! I’m writing to ask for a LinkedIn recommendation to show off my ability to collaborate and manage my time well. I am really proud of the work we did on the Corp Inc. project. Could you write a bit about that initiative and what our collaboration and results were like? Please let me know if I can ever write a recommendation for you.”  

LinkedIn recommendations can set you apart from competitors and help your career in many ways. Add some to your profile and watch what they do for you.

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