Endorsements is a quick and easy way for you to give your stamp of approval to the skills and expertise of your LinkedIn connections.
A helpful article at Entrepreneur’s Daily Dose blog suggests beginning by endorsing 10-to-20 people in your “professional inner circle.” Instead of randomly clicking all the skills someone lists, think about the ways in which the person you’re endorsing has helped you. Endorse those specific skills, or type in a new skill.
How to customize your skills
When you endorse someone, they will be notified through LinkedIn, and hopefully they’ll endorse your skills in return. Make sure you have updated the Skills and Expertise area of your profile. To do this:
1. Log in to your LinkedIn Account.
2. Click the “Profile” tab and in the dropdown menu, click “Edit Profile.”
3. Scroll down until you see the “Skills and Expertise” area. Click to edit. You can add up to 50 skills or areas of expertise to your profile.
4. Drag-and-drop the skills to put them in the order you want them to display on your profile.
5. Click “Save changes.”
I’ve already received a couple of endorsements, and I noticed that LinkedIn displays the skills according to the number of endorsements you have for each skill (more endorsements for a skill = skill moves closer to the top of the list).
After you’ve endorsed people in your inner circle, message them via LinkedIn. Let them know that you’ve endorsed them and that you’d appreciate it if they’d pick a one or two of your skills to endorse.
Here’s a Slideshare presentation from LInkedIn that shows how Endorsements works:
If you’ve learned from my blog, worked with me, or attended one of my workshops, I’d be honored if you’d consider endorsing me. I’ll return the favor.