You scratch my back, and I scratch yours. This proverb is so applicable in every situation, whether in real life or in a virtual society. Most LinkedIn experts agree that the best way of receiving endorsements is to endorse your friends and colleagues, there is a very high probability for them to endorse your skills as a response. So let’s see how to endorse someone on LinkedIn and why this is important.
To endorse someone on LinkedIn, go to their profile and scroll down to the "Skills & Endorsements" section. Click on the plus sign next to the skill you want to endorse them for. If the skill is not already listed, click "Add a new skill" and type in the name of the skill. You can also write a personal message to the person you are endorsing. Click "Endorse" to confirm the endorsement.
The skills were always somehow critical for employers, and they still are essential . In fact, they are equal to the experiences section, if not more critical.
Because they can act as your keywords, they are the features that define if you are the one the employers are looking for.
These keywords are also how they find you, and with some endorsed skills in your profile, well, it gets much easier for them to trust your claims.
I mean, there are other ways to do that, but a certificate cannot get you in the search results, and also, it is much more worthy of having the skills that people whom you worked for or with approved.
The endorsements give your skill section credibility and weigh up your profile, for you did not brag about your capabilities; these approvals are coming from other people.
How to endorse someone on LinkedIn?
Did you decide to endorse someone on LinkedIn to get some endorsement in return? Log in to your profile and search for that connection you want to endorse their skills in the search box and open their profile.
- Scroll down to reach the skill section
- and find the skill you want to endorse,
- and click on the endorsement button.
- A notification will go for that connection that informs them you’ve endorsed their skill
Whether or not they return the favor is up to them; you did the thing you should have done.
Remember that people you want to endorse their skills must be among your first-degree connections.
It is recommended to endorse the skills that they put among the top three. I mean, it is just fine to endorse the other ones too, but the skills on top s seem to be much more critical for that user.
It is also essential to optimize your profile when you decide to try and attract some endorsements.
Imagine that you have so many endorsements and attract some recruiters to your direction; what is the point of this when you have an incomplete or unqualified profile? It is like having a ruined hut behind a golden gate.
Also, don’t think that every person you endorse their skills will return the favor, strangers usually do not do it, but fortunately, most colleagues and friends do it.
That is why it is strongly suggested to endorse the skills that your connections proved to have while working with you. They will consider your ethical approval and will return this favor willingly.
Also, it is suggested to ask your connections for endorsements. Yeah, it is a bit odd, but still is the best way to increase the endorsements density in your profile.
However, it is not a perfect approach to start spamming and begging for your connections endorsements.
A better strategy is to publish valuable posts and write a CTA at the end of each one. These valuable call-to-action sentences will probably encourage them to review your profile and endorse some of your skills. Do you see?
All you actually need is to know how to endorse someone on LinkedIn correctly. So go for those endorsements; better sooner than later!