To Friends & Colleagues on LinkedIn: Regarding Endorsements

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Have you noticed, lately, that the click-on skill endorsements in LinkedIn are getting a little out of hand? It’s great to know that friends, co-workers, and colleagues have taken the time to click an endorsement for me. Initially, it seemed a good idea. Hey, I’ve clicked on endorsements too. But lately I’ve received them from people who obviously don’t know my work. Even worse, I’ve gotten requests for endorsements from complete strangers.

I feel that the click-on endorsements are quickly undermining the purpose of LinkedIn. What employer would take such endorsements seriously when they are traded so cheaply? As Geraldine Mongold wrote in the Project Management Community, “It’s like “recommendation lite. If you want to recommend somebody, take the time to write one.” The headline on Todd Wasserman’s recent article (Mashable.com) claims “LinkedIn’s Endorsements Have Become Meaningless,” while Suzanne Lucas (Moneywatch, CBS) explains why such endorsements are “Worthless.”

So, let’s get out of this sticky mess. If you know my work (my writing, editing, teaching, research, etc.), and would like to endorse me, a brief, focused recommendation—three to five sentences—would be much more meaningful, and certainly more appreciated. Context is everything.

See also:
* How to Write a LinkedIn Recommendation
* If LinkedIn Endorsements Were Honest
* The Truth About LinkedIn Endorsements

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