Have you started using LinkedIn endorsements? The feature is relatively new, but here to stay. Make the most of LinkedIn endorsements and use this section wisely because LinkedIn has now enabled it to be searchable by recruiters.
Want to maximize your chance of attracting the attention of employers? Here are some tips for LinkedIn endorsements and skills.
1. Add Skills
LinkedIn gives you 50 skills. Choose the maximum number of entries, listing the terms you want to be found for. This gives you control over what is listed on your page and what you are more likely to be endorsed for.
Here's how to do it:
Step 1: Under Profile, choose "Edit Profile"
Step 2: Scroll down to the Skills section
Step 3: Click on the blue pencil on the top right of the section
Step 4: Begin typing in your skills in the box, selecting ones that are already listed in the LinkedIn database.
If a skill is so unique to you that is has not been entered into the database yet, you may enter it manually. But by doing this, you are using one of your 50 terms for an item that is so rare, it's not searched for.
Remember to add skills that match your future goals but may be different from what you've done in the past.2. Take Control of Your Skills
Because people may now endorse your ability to perform these skills, you may end up with lots of endorsements for skills on your profile that you don't want to continue using. This is because LinkedIn has suggested these to your contacts for endorsement instead of you actually picking them. You can easily delete these.
Step 1: In "Edit," after you've clicked on the blue pencil, you'll see all of your skills.
Step 2: If you click on the X to the right of the individual skill's box, it will be removed.3. Take Control of Your Endorsements
If someone has endorsed you for a skill you don't wish to use anymore, write the contact an email. Thank them for taking the time and explain that you'd really like to be known for a different skill. Then, politely request that they endorse you for a substitution.4. Keep an Eye on Your Brand
Make sure the endorsements you show represent your personal brand
well. If you get an endorsement and you are unsure whether you should keep it on your page, you can easily hide it.
Here's how to remove an individual endorsement:
Step 1: In "Edit," after you've clicked the blue pencil, click on "Manage Endorsements"
Step 2: Your list of skills will be on the left. The people who have endorsed you will be in a box on the right. You can scroll through the list and uncheck the box next to anyone you don't want to be associated with on your profile.
Step 3: Click on the next skill you want to review, using the up or down arrows to get to the next group of skills as needed.
Step 4: Hit "Save"
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