I am having trouble finding the answer to this question on the forums: how should I write a LinkedIn recommendation?
We're closing down our company and I'm laying off my entire team at the end of the month (they all know, so I'm not risking any premature disclosure here). I personally don't consider recommendations on LinkedIn to be terribly powerful, but it's one way (of many) to help my folks out. And even if the impact is small in terms of their job search, if nothing else it's a public thanks for a job well done during a very difficult period where there was no future at this company. And a couple of them have specifically asked for a recommendation. I am happy to do this -- there are no performance concerns that would make me hesitate to provide one.
I have listened to/read the shownotes for the "LinkedIn for Managers" and "How to Provide a Reference" podcasts. The References cast seems to steer me toward a recommendation very tailored to the specific opportunity, which seems incompatible with a generic LinkedIn recommendation that would be visible for years. The LinkedIn podcast encouraged managers to provide recommendations, but didn't really lay out the format.
Obviously I'll do my best to provide a helpful recommendation, but since this is really the first time I've done this I'd like some concrete guidance on how to structure my comments.