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