I’ve been getting requests for recommendations on LinkedIn.com lately from students and former students and it made me realize that a recommendation is an act of trust–both ways.
My students are trusting that I will say positive things about them that will help them get a job and I will only agree to provide a recommendation if I trust that they are worthy of recommending. I am not going to put my own reputation on the line for someone who is not a good prospective job candidate.
An article asks how to use social media for employee referrals, but neglects to look at the use of LinkedIn.com recommendations as a source of referrals. I write recommendations for students because I figure that prospective employers will evaluate them online before they hire them and so a positive evaluation from me will hopefully boost them to the top of an interview or offer list. If I were hiring, I would definitely look at the recommendations a prospective employee has on their LinkedIn.com profile to give me a sense of that person’s ability and credibility.
Do you use LinkedIn.com recommendations? Do you ask for them? Are they helpful to you?