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How to boost your LinkedIn profile with recommendations

LinkedIn recommendations are comments written by people you have worked with which endorse your skills or achievements in a particular role.

These sit on your profile and are a great way of showcasing your expertise and experience.

Asking people to recommend you is a proactive way of building up a picture of your work experience and giving people an insight into how you operate as a professional.

Things you'll need

  • A LinkedIn profile
  • Good relationships with current or ex-colleagues!

Identify suitable people to ask

This could be people you currently work with, or previous colleagues. Obviously you need to have had a good working relationship with them, or it could be rather awkward! 

You can request a recommendation from up to three people (they must be connections) at once.

There's no limit to the total number of recommendations you can request or receive. Try and get at least one recommendation from each role you've had, and depending on your position, ask for recommendations from managers as well as people you've managed to give an all round picture of your skills and experience.


Find the Recommendations section on LinkedIn

This section sits under Privacy & Settings, which can be found by hovering your cursor over your photo in the top right of your homepage. 

Under the Helpful Links section on the right hand side, click on Manage your recommendations. 

You'll now be able to see any recommendations you've requested, given and have been asked for.


Request a recommendation

In the Recommendations section click Ask for recommendations. You'll be asked a series of questions: the role you'd like to be recommended for; who you want to ask; your relationship with that person; and their position. 

When it comes to writing a message, make sure you replace the default text with a personal message of your own. This shows you've put thought into the process and aren't just firing off requests.

Once sent, your connection will receive this request as a notification. Once they've written their recommendation, you'll receive a notification asking you to approve this. 

Follow the prompts to make this visible on your profile, and sit back and bask in the compliments!


Give a recommendation

Of course if you're asking people to recommend you, it's only polite to return the favour. 

If someone requests a recommendation from you, you'll receive a notification. Simply follow the prompts to add your comments.

Alternatively you can proactively recommend someone. To do this, click on Give recommendations, and enter their name, your relationship to them, their position, and of course, your recommendation.

Not sure what to write? Check out these tips on writing a great recommendation from Hubspot:

Check out these great tips from Hubspot:

  • Explain the nature of your professional relationship.
  • Provide details of the position for which you're recommending the person.
  • Indicate how their contribution helped grow the team or company.
  • Explain what these achievements reveal about that person.
  • End with a note about the personal aspect of working with him/her.


Further information

Boost your LinkedIn profile further with these tips on building your professional profile.


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