How to write LinkedIn recommendations that will make your coworkers love you and could even boost your own career
- Writing a LinkedIn recommendation comes with a certain amount of pressure.
- Your coworker may be relying on you to help them get a new job, and because LinkedIn recommendations are public, what you write reflects back on you, too.
- Business Insider asked experts to provide some tips and samples help get the job done.
At some point in your career, a coworker may ask you to write them a LinkedIn recommendation. And believe it or not, the stakes for such a request can be pretty high.
Unlike traditional letter or phone recommendations, LinkedIn recommendations are public. That means anyone who goes on your profile can see what you wrote about your boss, coworker, employee, or client.
What's more, the person you're giving the recommendation to is relying on you to give a powerful statement on their qualifications - one that may or may not help them land their dream job.
And if you nail it, the recommendation you write could even end up helping you in the long run. "If you write a great recommendation, great recommendations are gonna come back to you," LinkedIn consultant Loribeth Pierson told Business Insider.
No pressure, though.
Luckily, career experts shared with us tips and samples for writing a stellar recommendation on LinkedIn.
If you can't give them a rousing recommendation or haven't worked with them in a while, turn them down
If you're okay with recommending them, ask for what they'd like you to include
Begin your recommendation by explaining your relationship
Show, don't tell
Remember the soft skills
End with a hearty recommendation, and keep the whole recommendation to a paragraph
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