Posted on Jan 17, 2013

LinkedIn Endorsements: It's a Love/Hate Thing

I’ve recently written a few posts about LinkedIn Endorsements. As with most new or updated features, the LinkedIn Endorsements feature has caused quite a stir among users.

Some people like them, some people don’t.

Here’s what I’ve heard from both sides:


Those against Endorsements say that:

–       They are bothersome.

–       They don’t mean anything – anyone can Endorse you for any one of your skills without supplying ample reason or explanation.

–       They aren’t easily transferred into a job application.


Those for Endorsements say that:

–       They are a much easier and more user-friendly than Recommendations.

–       They are a less awkward way to vouch for someone.

–       More people are willing to give Endorsements than Recommendations.

–       They are a replacement for the otherwise boring, “vanilla” LinkedIn Recommendation.


The truth is, I fall somewhere in the middle of the two sides: I like Endorsements, but I don’t think they should replace Recommendations.

Recommendations are still important because they allow someone to write about you in their own words and at much greater length and detail.

But on the flip side, I’ve found that I also enjoy the simplicity of Endorsements. For example, the other day, I viewed a colleague’s profile and noticed that she listed “Public Speaking” as one of her Skills. Yes, she is an excellent public speaker, but I didn’t necessarily want to write up an entire Recommendation about it. So instead, I simply clicked “Endorse” next to public speaking, and that was it!

What do you think about LinkedIn Endorsements? Love them? Hate them? Share your comments below!

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