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Make the most of your LinkedIn recommendations

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Occasionally online job applications will contain a section where you can not only attach your cover letter and resume, but other documents as well. 

A list of recommendations about yourself makes a great additional attachment to include in this section … and developing such a list is a lot easier than you might think.

If you are on LinkedIn (and if you are job seeker, you really should be on this free business networking site), ask your contacts, particularly former colleagues and bosses, to make recommendations about you on the LinkedIn site. 

These recommendations will appeal on your LinkedIn profile.

Copy and paste the best recommendations into a Word document, and then format the page to look attractive. Save the document to your computer, then attach it to job application emails or online job applications. It’s that easy.


  • To encourage people to make recommendations about you, make thoughtful recommendations about them first. People are usually glad to reciprocate.
  • Email your resume or a short description of your past work duties and business successes to the people you want to recommend you to make it easy for them to write about you. Basically give them the general idea of what you want them to say so their recommendation will be correct and useful to you.
  • Add a link to your LinkedIn public profile on your email signature so people can access your recommendations that way as well.

Develop a list of recommendations about yourself … after all, it could help you land a job that you will love.

What ideas do you have about this subject? Please share your comments. If I can be of help to you, let me know.  -- Kathy

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