However, in a recent OpEd piece on Mashable Todd Wasserman calls LinkedIn endorsements “Facebook likes” for business. He says, “Many people are endorsing others in the hope that they will be endorsed back. If I were hiring someone, I’d probably take these endorsements with a grain of salt.”
I asked several recruiters what they think of LinkedIn endorsements. Like Wasserman, they told me the endorsements are gimmicky and they generally ignore them.”There is no way to validate the credibility of endorsers so their value is questionable,” says ADP Canada’s Nina Freier. But even if recruiters think LinkedIn endorsements are of little use, if every candidate you are competing with for a job has lots of them, your profile could suffer by comparison if you if don’t have any.
So how can you manage your LinkedIn endorsements to maximize their value?
1. Be selective: Because you can only be endorsed by a first tier connection, to avoid questionable endorsements, be very selective about accepting requests to link. Also think twice before clicking “ok” so the endorsement can show up on your profile.
2. Make sure the right skills are listed: If your profile is incomplete or includes skills that are now obsolete or irrelevant, your endorsements may convey inaccurate information to companies shopping for talent.
3. Hide questionable endorsements: Once an endorsement shows up on your profile you can’t delete it. However you can hide it by going to “profile” on the menu bar; clicking on “edit profile,” and then clicking on the “pencil” icon under “skills and experience” to “manage endorsements.”
4. Reciprocate where appropriate: If a trusted colleague or client endorses you, consider returning the favour. The endorsement feature can help you network and re-establish dormant relationships. But don’t feel compelled to endorse everyone just because they endorse you.
5. Beef up your recommendations: LinkedIn Recommendations are more detailed than endorsements and much more likely to be noticed by recruiters. Take the time to enhance your profile by eliciting up to date, credible recommendations. These more customized testimonials are a better way to open doors the next time you are job hunting.