As a special blog post, I have invited Anne Pryor,
Online Brand Strategist, Meaningful Connections to comment on LinkedIn’s new endorsement feature and here is what she had to say.
LinkedIn introduced Endorsements, a new feature that makes it easier to recognize Connections for their Skills and Expertise. This is different from Recommendations in that you don’t have to write anything.
At first I was not sold on this, however, after Endorsing a few of my Connections I was receiving thank you emails and we were starting to have meaningful dialogs. I found thank this is an easy strategy to keep in touch and to pay it forward, with little effort.
HOW IT WORKS:
- On the top of a connection’s profile, you’ll see recommended Skills that you can endorse for them. You can suggest additional skills as well. Just click Endorse.
- You can also Connections from the new Skills & Expertise section. Just click the + sign.
WHO ENDORSED YOU?
- LinkedIn will email you when you are endorsed.
- You can scroll to the bottom of your profile page under “Skills and Expertise” to see the faces of people who have Endorsed you. (Be sure to send them a thank you for the shout out!)
- You can also accept any new Skills recommended by your peers.
- You can also add a new skill by clicking on “add a skill” on your profile page.
HOW TO LEVERAGE:
- Each morning, I Endorse 10 of my Connections.
- Highlight your Endorsed Skills by moving the section to the top of my Profile, under Summary. (Highlight the Skills and Expertise header and drag it)
- Add relevant Skills that would get endorsed, remove others. You can add 50 Skills.
- Rearrange Skills and move the most relevant to the top.
It’s been fun to give kudos and make more meaningful connections. Try it.