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Request recommendations from LinkedIn connections ... but take extra steps to secure the best recommendations possible. Here's how: 

To request a recommendation:

Visit the person's profile, click "More" and then select "Request a Recommendation. Note that the person must be your 1st degree connection. 

To ensure you get more and better recommendations:

  1. Determine who you should ask to recommend you. Do not send the recommendation request to every contact, but rather just send it to people who know you and your abilities well enough to vouch for you. In addition to requesting recommendations from past company leaders and bosses, also request recommendations from previous peers and subordinates ... it's really a numbers game, so seek recommendations from all levels.   
  2. Recommend others first and then ask them to return the favor. To recommend someone, visit the person's profile (he or she must be one of your 1st degree connections) and then click the triangle next to 'Send a message'. Follow the prompts to recommend the person as a Colleague, Service Provider, Business Partner, or Student.  
  3. Send an email to the same people, letting them know you have asked them for a LinkedIn recommendation through the LinkedIn system. If you notice (from viewing their LinkedIn profile) that they are LinkedIn novices, provide them with basic instructions so that they will know how to give you a recommendation.
  4. Attach your resume or include a list of relevant skills and work experiences that make you uniquely qualified for the jobs that you want. Also tell them specifically what type of positions that you seek. 
  5. Encourage them to call you if they have questions … or job leads, for that matter!
  6. Follow up with the people if they have not provided you with a recommendation within a week or two.
  7. Accept the fact that not all people will be comfortable with or technically savvy enough to provide you with a recommendation. Don't pester them if they are unable or unwilling.
Note that you can reject or hide a recommendation and you can ask a person to revise his/her recommendation (but don't be a pain in the butt with multiple change requests). 

Secure valuable LinkedIn recommendations! Doing so can help land a job that you will love.

How do you maximize your LinkedIn recommendations? Share your suggestions or questions via the Contact page. Thanks! -- Kathy

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