by Shawna Simcik
When LinkedIn first introduced the endorsement function, there was plenty of distress and uproar. We’ve all received endorsements for skills we didn’t know we had from people who don’t even know us.
Though I think I could navigate compensation and benefits, I’ve never done it, so I was mystified when a mystery endorsement came from someone who endorsed me for “compensation and benefits.”
So, in an effort to understand more about this function and to educate those in a job search, I went to explore the pros and cons of endorsements. What does it get me that recommendations don't already afford me? Are they worth it? Should I remove the skills that I don’t actually have?
The conclusion that I’ve reached is LinkedIn endorsements are good!
Back in 2011, LinkedIn introduced the “skills and experience” feature. Many of us have not gotten around to filling this out. So, first, let me highlight where to find your endorsements. LinkedIn endorsements appear near the middle of your profile and written next to each “skill” in a blue box is the number of endorsements you’ve received for each identified skill. The higher the number, the greater number of endorsements you’ve received. For example on my profile, you will notice, 99+ endorsements for the keyword “Talent Management":
You can edit your profile and select certain specialties that you deem you are skilled in. This is worth doing because you want people endorsing you to check off the skills you believe are most important. Pick at least 10 skills. You can also change the order that these appear on your profile.
Second, someone may endorse you for a skill or specialty and you have the right to approve this endorsement. Once you have approved the keyword, ...