Have you been trying to figure out how to write a recommendation for someone? Or how to ask someone to write a recommendation for you?

Of all the many changes on LinkedIn, writing and asking for recommendations has become a bit of a challenge.

You used to be able to scroll down someone's profile to a section where you could write a recommendation for them. Then that changed to allowing you to only ask for a recommendation. Now it is all changed!

You can still ask for a recommendation as well as write a recommendation for anyone you are directly connected to. In other words, you can write a recommendation for people who are in your first line connections.

If you are not directly connected to someone, you cannot recommend them.

Is this a shock to you? It was to me. I spent some time working through LinkedIn to discover what the steps were for writing recommendations on LinkedIn now.

Here is what you do:

  1. Go to the 1st connection's profile.
  2. Click on the "more" button just under the headline, experience and education displayed in the top of their profile.
  3. In the drop-down menu, select whether you want to "write a recommendation or ask for a recommendation."
  4. Fill out the "relationship and position at the time" fields.
  5. Click "Next".
  6. Write a few sentences to recommend something this person has done for you or helped you with and how you are impressed with their service...or some glowing comments you feel from your heart.

Remember that the person you write a recommendation for has the freedom to accept or reject your recommendation. So be honest and heart-felt with your comments.

Recommendations are a huge asset to your LinkedIn profile. They give you a kind of credibility that you cannot do for yourself. You have others speaking in your behalf.

The more glowing recommendations you have, the better.

So, how many recommendations do you have?

I have always strived to be pro-active and write recommendations for people first. It creates a desire in them to want to reciprocate.

Write a recommendation for someone today and let me know how it went for you.

Christine Till

The Marketing Mentress

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