I'm A C And My Direct Is A C➡
This cast concludes our conversation on LinkedIn and what it means for Managers.
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What does everyone think about LinkedIn's recommendation feature? I am a HUGE LinkedIn fan and use it every day to look people up and dig up business development opportunities, but I don't like the recommendations. I don't have any on my profile and I have stopped responding to requests to write them for others until I can figure out whether it's worth it.
Do you trust the recommendations and think they are worth it? Or, perhaps it depends on the type of person? For example, does it make more sense for certain types of freelancers? For managers, particularly those I don't know, I just don't see a reason to believe what their current or former supervisors, directs, or colleagues write about them on LinkedIn.
I think that many folks don't place a lot of value in the recommendations. I have received requests for recommendations that I could not honestly make (and have ignored them), and then gone back later to see glowing recommendations for that person that I could not believe could be true.
That being said, I do have recommendations on my personal page. I only have a few though. When I see a page with many recommendations it triggers a "they must be stuffing the ballot box" response.
Thanks Slackandsteel, I'm glad I'm not the only one who think the rec's look like "stuffing the ballot box."
Luke and SlackandSteel,
Thanks for posting your comments about recommendations. After recently listening to the LinkedIn episodes and receiving a recommendation via my company's daily HR newsletter to utilize LinkedIn, I logged in to my much-neglected account.
However, I also read in that same HR newsletter that I must make sure and abide by the "employee reference" policy, which states I'm not to make recommendations, verbal or written, about current or former employees.
I'm glad to see that the two of you do not put much value in the recommendations, because it appears that I, for one, am not even able to utilize it!
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