LinkedIn is a great tool for obtaining professional recommendations. In fact, on many occasions, when employers/recruiters/hiring managers want to know more about employees, they check LinkedIn. This goes to show that when international students get LinkedIn recommendations, they increase their chances of landing their dream jobs.
Today, we’re providing a guide to show you how to get these professional recommendations.
- Make a well-informed decision
- Give a genuine recommendation
- Make a humble request
- Follow up
- Make a direct request
1. Make a well-informed decision
When it comes to choosing people to write you recommendations, it’s advisable to choose people you’ve worked with before. This is because they’ve seen your level of competence and expertise first hand and can attest to it sincerely and accurately. Previous employers and clients are in a good position to do so.
2. Give a genuine recommendation
Giving recommendations to the people you desire to get recommendations from can motivate them to return the favour. Make specific, positive and sincere commendations about their professionalism and work ethic then, inform them about it. Chances pretty well are they’ll be impressed and want to do same.
3. Make a humble request
Having done them a favour, you can humbly ask if they would be so kind as to do the same. You can make this humble request via LinkedIn or by sending an email to the parties concerned. Simply click the “Message” button on the right, click the “More” button next to it and click “Request a Recommendation” from the drop-down menu.
4. Follow up
If your request goes unanswered for a while, you can send a warm reminder but don’t be a bother. Remember, they are well within their rights to decide not to write you a recommendation, they don’t owe you. So, keep the reminders gentle and once in a while; they should also be few.
5. Make a direct request
Let’s say you don’t want to go through the trouble of writing a recommendation and not getting one. You can avoid this by making a direct request. Simply declare your intention and ask if they would be willing to do the same. If the response is not in the affirmative, then you don’t have to bother.