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How to Get Endorsed for Skills on LinkedIn

Getting more endorsements on LinkedIn for skills — applicable both to yourself and the types of job you seek — is an important aspect of any modern career development.
THE TABOO IS GONE:

It used to mean that if someone was active on LinkedIn = they’re looking for a job. Times have changed. Now, it is accepted that people use LinkedIn… actually it’s expected.

WHY PEOPLE USE LINKEDIN:

  • To manage their network of professional connections.
  • To share their ideas and tips with others in your field.

  • To seek advice for a professional challenge you’re facing.

  • To give advice out to others for a professional challenge that they face.

  • To expand your network (more connections = more visibility & more chances of being discovered).

  • To always be ready. Your résumé, essentially, is in a constant state of keeping up to date.

  • To connect with people that might be able to help you get the job you want.

  • To connect with people that you’re considering for recruitment.

Personally, I invest an equal amount of effort adding contacts that could potentially help me or with whom I someday may want to recruit for myself. I also help connect others to their destinations, when I can.*

* = See “Law of Reciprocation” at the end.

GET ENDORSED FOR YOUR SKILLS:

  1. Establish & maintain continuous, gradual expansion of your network of connections.
  • Endorse other people often.

  • Done.

  • LAW OF RECIPROCATION:

    If you endorse “Joe” for a skill he has, the probability that Joe will endorse you for a skill increase exponentially.

    When you do something nice to someone, they feel compelled to return the favor. This is especially true on LinkedIn, with the endorsement of skills, because to do so is extremely simple, easy, and not time-consuming.

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    Polymath

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    I am a student of everything. I learn from the world around me. I study the math of the universe, the art of life, and the working of nature. I ponder the reasons behind existence. I stare up at the night sky and am amazed at the vastness of what is. I learn from everyone I meet and anyone who will teach me. I invent, I create, and I build. I am not confined by my career or job or degree. I am more than that. I will not be one thing: I will be everything. I am a POLYMATH.

    Being Divergent in a Team Atmosphere, Without Having to “Walk the Plank”

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    Does anyone else have the “curse” of explaining an opposing argument so well, your peers think you’re on the “other side” and start attacking you?


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    Being a Visionary is Not as Easy as it Looks

    I’m a natural devil’s advocate, and somebody who constantly thinks of every alternative possibility.

    Throughout my professional career, there have been a few situations where me trying to bring up opposing arguments, for improvement of the project / idea, resulted in a team turning on me.

    The Visionary / ENTP Personality Type

  • ENTPs love to argue and consider it a sport, sometimes hurting those who don’t. They like proving their points and showing others how impressive they are.
  • They are masters at improvising and are usually good at everything they put their minds too.
  • Interested in almost everything, they become pleased with people who are skilled and talented.
  • Once something they are interested in is no…
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    Tender Hearts: The Gift of Emotional Sensitivity

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    DISCLAIMER:

    This post was mostly stolen from a post that inspired me, with some added nuance and photographs by me. The original post touched my heart as if it had been written by me.

    I post this as an original post because posting as simply a link will get ignored. I want people to see this. The original post can be found here and is part of a blog called “An Intense Life,”  geared towards the gifted and the struggles they face in life. Great content.

    HERE IT IS:

    The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this:
    A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive.
    To him…
    a touch is a blow,
    a sound is a noise,
    a misfortune is a tragedy,
    a joy is an ecstasy,
    a friend is a lover,
    a lover is a god,
    and failure is death.

    Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create – – – so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his very breath is cut off from him. He must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency he is not really alive unless he is creating.

    Pearl S. Buck

    This quote from Pearl S. Buck is one of my favorite descriptions of the emotional sensitivity I experience in my life  that I witness in my kids.

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    My Children Astound Me with Their Emotional Responses.
    • One son cried in his sleep for 6 months after a fish died in his classroom aquarium.
    • One son fretted for days because characters in a picture book were cruel to another character.
    • Small consequences for minor rule infractions lead to massive melt-downs and shame spirals.
    • A drawing that doesn’t show what the artist intended gets torn up, and before resuming the project, the artist rages through the house slamming doors and knocking down furniture.
    • Hugs are so intense that they knock the recipient down.
    • The vagaries of playground friendships become epic betrayals and melodramatic reunions.
    • A sunset stops us all in our paths as we gaze in silence together.
    • A pine cone becomes a beloved friend.
    • A favorite book is read and re-read and re-read; the cover falls off and we buy a new copy.
    • We laugh so hard we miss the next three jokes.
    • We cry over lyrics and are stopped short by poetry.
    • Music invades our bodies and forces us to dance.
    • We love hard, falling fast and deep, breaking inconsolably, and recover to do it again.
    • Our hearts break and rejoice with the pain and joys of others, friends and strangers alike.

    We are emotional sensitivities walking this earth in physical bodies. Finely tuned receivers, we resonate with the frequencies of the world, amplifying sorrow and joy as they pass through us.

    If we defend ourselves from the pain, we shut off our capacity for happiness. We must learn to accept that the price of being capable of feeling such joy is that we must also feel the deepest sorrows.

    What tools do we have to manage these extreme emotions?

    Translation

    My technical terms may be off here and there, but I think that’s a plus…

    I may only have a paraphrased, Wikipedia-sized amount of knowledge on your topic, but I have a lot of topics stored up. I see patterns and connect the dots to create something new. I see the big picture, and I can adapt it to any situation.

    Not to mention the incredible opportunities when I’ve been able to actually use this to my advantage. They couldn’t predesign the path I’ve followed, but it surely outranks any MBA out there.

    Until you’ve held an entire business’s life in your hands, you’re still in training.

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    Vision Comes to Reality

    Vision

    I had finished my work for the day. I developed the department they needed. I figured it out by going through the numbers, and through daily watching of the operations. The department shouldn’t exist…

    It should be combined with two others.

    A Plan

    Accounting for all the weaknesses of the departments, cut expenses, increased efficiency… pretty much everything.

    Above that, in my opinion, was the dramatic change in workplace culture. Due to its radical nature, it took a year to carry out. After those changes, there wasn’t much I could do with the power I held. The changes implemented reshaped their entire operation, resulting in 12 consecutive months of increased profits.

    Due to a conflict of interest, I couldn’t take credit for any of the improvements…

    I saved the department manager his job, and I eliminated the need for another. This past bit of time I’ve worked mostly online, at home, to figure this career thing out. I go in sometimes for appearances, and today I saw the vision come to life.

    It was rewarding and of course frustrating.

    The way I knew how certain changes would shift dynamics in the long term business, and then seeing the realization of that. The way that things happened made sense only to one person. Someone I won’t take credit from. Really, I don’t want credit (or only want credit to use as a means to get to where I need to be).

    The positive being that I saw once again, under different circumstances, I made a significant impact. Even my dad finally admitted, thanking me for teaching him things, and changing his perspective to him. Bringing vigor back to his career.

    But I have to make a living of my core abilities and talents, which will never be full used where I’m at.

    I’ve done what I can do.

    Strategic Advisor

    One of Two Dream Jobs – Part One

    In a “War Room,” either at a huge company or entity of power, where super-complex decisions need immediate solving in high stress scenarios.

    I should be sitting at that table…

    or in the shadows…

    sitting alone…

    smoking..

    … only appearing at moments of extreme crisis.

    The Ideal Scenario

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    Ryan Gosling’s character of Stephen Meyers in The Ides of March.

    I don’t believe he even has a job title, but is essentially running the entire show. He is a combination of an “ideas guy” and a person responsible for making sure those ideas get carried out. He brainstorms half-the-time and runs the operation the rest of it.

    He doesn’t care about being the “number 1 guy,” he cares about the operation. He’s willing to let someone else get all the glory, despite  being the brains of the operation.

    The only person who knows how important he is, is the person he’s providing that function. However, he does have power within the organization. Anything spoken from his lips to any member of staff, and it’s as if the President, himself, spoke it.

    The Not-as-Ideal Scenario

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    Toby Jones’ character of Karl Rove in the film W.

    He acted as the President’s secret “ideas guy.”

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    Although identified as a brilliant, ruthless, and devastating campaign strategist, his role was less involved. He didn’t really communicate with the other group members at all, except to the President, himself.

    I’ve read from somewhere (this was referring to the real-life version) that “without Karl Rove, there would be no President George W. Bush.” I am simply making an analogy to the type of relationship that Rove played within the establishment.

    I’ve been in both of these types of roles before (obviously not at a presidential level), and they can both work quite well.

    Downsides

    If the person you’re providing that function for decides to screw you over, they can do so quite easily. Since it’s such a behind-the-scenes type role, it would be much more challenging to find new work.

    Nobody knows what you’ve done or who you are.