If you’ve followed any of my blog posts here or on LinkedIn, or read my book, then you know that I highly recommend requesting and giving recommendations on LinkedIn, so I’m not going to get on my soapbox about that in this post. Today, I’m going to cover what to do with them once you start collecting them.
Not all LinkedIn recommendations are created equally
It’s true. Not all LinkedIn recommendations are created equally, which is why it’s so important to maximize the limited space available for showcasing them on your LinkedIn profile. And, honestly, if you’re not making the most of this very limited amount of “real estate” available, you need to reconsider why you’re bothering to collect them in the first place.
As most of us know, you’re able to request and then post (or not) any recommendation someone writes for you on LinkedIn. And there are also ways you can control where the recommendations you write for others show up on your profile as well, but that is a post for a different day or maybe a future Making Connections Matter eLearning webcast.
Some recommendations carry more weight than others
Currently, the most recent recommendations you receive for a specific position appear in the first and second positions on your profile at the very end of that position’s description. See below:
Sometimes, though, you receive a new recommendation that just doesn’t pack as much punch as the previous 2 you had displayed. Perhaps it’s too generic or didn’t emphasis the things you had hoped they would and don’t know the person well enough to ask them to spruce it up. Well, reordering is the answer!
The 2 ways I know of to reorder your recommendations
The 1st way you can reorder your recommendations is:
Under Profile in the top navigation bar click on the Edit Profile option. Then scroll all the way to the bottom of the of your profile — usually below your Organizations and Honors & Awards, but before you see the bottom navigation for the page (Help Center, About, etc). On the left side of your profile, you will see a series of black/gray title blocks, one of which will say Recommendations. Then look immediately to the right of Recommendations and you will see a pencil. Click the pencil to enter edit mode for Recommendations. Once you’re in edit mode on Recommendations, you will see all your Recommendations listed by your career position. On the right side of each recommendation will be a double-sided arrow. Simply click and drag this up/down arrow to reorder your recommendations.
This will allow you to ensure your two preferred recommendations appear on your profile page when others view it. See arrows below.
And the 2nd way:
If you want to reorder and/or move a recommendation to a different career position, there is another way to manage almost everything else related to your recommendations on LinkedIn. Get into Privacy & Settings via the drop-down menu under your very upper-right avatar image and then look for “Manage your recommendations” and follow the instructions below. You’ll want to poke around and see what else you can do once you see what’s possible.
Sandy used to work at TriNet, a BPO based in San Leandro, CA.
Have fun with this new knowledge!
After writing this post, I’m absolutely certain I need to do an entire webcast on all the other things that popped into my mind that I should share about LinkedIn Recommendations.
So, be sure you register to get the invites to my Making Connections Matter eLearing series! Here’s the link again, just in case you have images turned off—-> http://bit.ly/mcmsjk1
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If you weren’t able to join us for our June Afternoon Snack & Give Back learning series, or missed 1 or more of the live Hangouts, you can now view all 3 of our business-boosting sessions from this popular web series whenever you like! Want a sneak peek or reminder? Just click below:
Intro Video to How to Attend a Networking Event and Not Hate Yourself in the Morning
The learning topics range from how to not hate yourself the morning after a networking event, to putting an end to playing it small in business as well as how to make the most of your presence on LinkedIn and remembering names via the Name Game. You’ll also find some lively Q&A at the end of each video.
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I hope you enjoy the Afternoon Snack & Give Back Hangout videos on Vimeo and look forward to connecting with you again soon!
Are you ready to become a master at publishing on LinkedIn?
Did you get the green light to start publishing a professional blog (aka, plog) on LinkedIn, but are not all sure where to start?
If you see a little pencil in your status update box it means you’ve been green-lighted to start publishing on LinkedIn!
If you said “yes” to at least one of these questions, then you probably have these questions as well:
- What should I write about?
- What should I avoid writing about?
- What are some tips for producing great content?
- What exactly is an “authentic voice?”
- What are the rights and responsibilities for posts I write?
- What’s an editorial calendar and do I need one?
- How do I find images for my posts?
- Can I include a video within my post and how do I do that?
- How do I ensure I’m getting the max number of eyeballs on my posts I can?
- Do I have to start tweeting now?
Boy, you sure do have a lot questions! However, the good news is I can help you get answers to all these questions and get you started on your path to personal branding nirvana.
After launching my “plog” on LinkedIn on March 6, 2014, and then posting 6 times, I had over 1300 Followers to it!
Today, with 10 posts (so far), my posts have been seen almost 17,500 times and counting! That’s a lot of eyeballs which means I’ve expanded my reach and grown my network exponentially in just a few months.
So, to get YOU started, I’m now offering a complete Mastering Publishing on LinkedIn
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Isn’t it time to strengthen your professional reputation and extend your reach? You bet it is, so let’s get started!
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Note: Only 5 new publishers-in-training will be accepted into this initial program for August, so don’t drag your feet. Plus, as we get closer to Q4, this special price will increase, so get your payment in and secure your 1st learning session scheduled today!
Something appears to be in the air because I’ve been asked this question a few times this month:
How can I block someone that I’ve already removed as a connection on LinkedIn, but still keeps annoying me with invitations to connect, group invites and other such things?
Is Mercury in retrograde? Perhaps. However, I’d rather not go into some of the reasons these folks gave for wanting to take things to that extreme (I was able to get at least one person to rethink it), so I decided to just go ahead and share what LinkedIn provides as a “Member Blocking Overview” in this post.
I strongly recommend, though, that you consider simply limiting people’s access to you. Perhaps one (or more) of these options could be a better choice for your situation (btw, all links below go to content within LinkedIn’s Help Center):
When you block a member on LinkedIn, here’s what will happen:
- You won’t be able to access each other’s profiles on LinkedIn
- You won’t be able to message each other on LinkedIn
- If you’re connected, you won’t be connected anymore
- We’ll remove any endorsements and recommendations from that member
- You won’t see each other in your “Who’s Viewed Your Profile”
- We’ll stop suggesting you to each other in features such as “People You May Know” and “People also Viewed”
LinkedIn will not notify the person that you blocked them, and only you will be able to unblock the member.
Blocking behavior is mutual for you and the person you block. Once you block someone, you won’t be able to view their profile information, see content they have shared, see them in your Who’s Viewed Your Profile, or send communications to them while signed in on LinkedIn either.
Please note the following regarding blocking:
- Blocking doesn’t apply to information you have made public, such as your public profile, content posted in public (open) group discussions, your own public shares, and comments on Influencer posts. You can always review your public profile settings to change how you appear in public search engines.
- Mutual connections that you share with someone you’ve blocked, may re-share content created by the person you’ve blocked into your stream. You can choose to hide these updates from your stream.
- There is not a way to block anonymous viewers of your profile at this time.
- Blocking isn’t supported between a group member and a group manager.
- If you’d like to block a manager of a group you belong to, you will need to leave the group first, and then block that person.
- If you’d like to block a member of a group you manage, you will need to remove that member from the group and then block that person.
- Contact records that have been stored or saved locally to your device need to be removed manually.
- If you’re accessing LinkedIn via a mobile device, you could see cached data regarding the blocked member’s profile. To refresh your cache, login and log out of your LinkedIn mobile applications.
- If you’re using 3rd party applications that leverage LinkedIn’s APIs you could see cached data of a blocked member on those applications. If that occurs, you’ll want to contact the application for instructions on removing that cached data.
- Blocking doesn’t currently apply to mobile, SlideShare, and LinkedIn Pulse.
- Blocking doesn’t work within LinkedIn Intro, which was shut down as of March 7, 2014.
Please let me know if I can help you with this issue or if none of the above sounds like the best solution for your situation. And if you’re in need of some expert assistance with leveraging LinkedIn as a tool for business or career, be sure to contact me.
P.S. I checked; Mercury IS in retrograde. June 7 – July 2.