The flu isn’t the only thing going around this winter. As LinkedIn Endorsements grow more and more popular, so is a little symptom I like to call, “Endorsement Envy.” Endorsement Envy is an ailment that occurs when you become jealous of a Connection’s number of LinkedIn Endorsements. Side effects may include feelings of wistfulness, a jealous gleam of the eye (particularly when viewing a Connection’s Profile), and a general feeling of hopelessness in regards to your own LinkedIn Profile. The good news is, Endorsement Envy is completely curable! The treatment? Increase your Endorsements! Here’s how:
- Move your Endorsements section to the top of your Profile so that it’s easier to access for those who want to Endorse you.
- Use LinkedIn to Connect with more people who know what your skills are. Send Link Requests to:
- People you are currently working with
- People you worked with in the past (don’t be afraid to go back to really old jobs – I just got an Recommendation from someone I worked with 10 years ago)
- People who are in the Volunteer organizations you belong to
- Teachers and Trainers you’ve taken classes from
In sum, Endorsement Envy doesn’t have to be a long-term complaint! It just takes a little time, effort and networking to cure it.