WHY ENDORSING SKILLS MATTER ON LINKEDIN

WHY LINKEDIN SKILLS ENDORSEMENTS MATTER

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Skills are the abilities you’ve developed throughout your career. 

It’s the combination of knowledge, ability, and competence you’ve accumulated over the years.

Thanks to these, you can successfully complete the assigned tasks, proving your expertise in a specific area.

And on LinkedIn, showing off your skills makes you more attractive to others.

But how can you prove to them that you do possess these skills?

Through skills endorsements.

And on LinkedIn, being endorsed by others strengthens your profile.

It increases your credibility, making you stand out even more.

WHAT IS LINKEDIN SKILLS ENDORSEMENTS

Endorsing is a way for others to validate the skills you’ve listed on your profile.

When job recruiters see them, they’ll get a quick glance if you have the right skills for a job.

Prospects or potential clients may also be interested to see your skills. 

However, only your first-degree connections can give you skills endorsements.

Why?

This is to ensure authenticity.

After all, skills endorsements are different than requesting recommendations. 

WHY THIS MATTERS

Most people only endorse others they know and work with.

However, it’s actually a kind thing to endorse your connections, even if you don’t know them personally. 

Of course, it’s important to be authentic and genuine.

But even endorsing just the top 3 skills is a great way to start off your relationship with a new connection. 

And today, many people will take the time to review the Skills and Endorsements section.

Making it relevant and timely more than ever.

Additionally, any endorsement you receive is a recommendation just waiting to happen.

So if you’ve worked with the person who endorsed you, be sure to ask them for a recommendation when you send them a thank you note later!

And offer to return the favor in kind. 

THE IMPACT OF SKILLS ENDORSEMENTS

Receiving and giving endorsements has 4 advantages:

  • Increases your profile strength.
  • Increases your visibility for skills-based job opportunities.
  • Increases both professional and brand values.
  • Increases attraction from job hunters.
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Simply put, you’ll be better recognized for your skills, expertise, and proficiency.

These form a part of your strength as a professional.

Plus, the more endorsements you have, the more likely you’ll be discovered and stand out on LinkedIn.

You’ll be surprised at how many people will view your profile now!

HOW TO ENDORSE SKILLS

When endorsing a skill, you’ll find that the process is actually quite simple.

It’ll barely take a few seconds!

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Head over to the profile of your first-degree connection.
  2. Scroll down to Skills & Endorsements.
  3. Go to View More to have full access to their skills bank.
  4. Select the skill you want to endorse, preferably the top 3 skills.
  5. Click on the plus button (+) to give your endorsement.

See? Easy.

UPDATING OR OPTING OUT OF ENDORSEMENTS

There are moments when you feel that the notification you receive on an endorsed skill is not relevant to your current career plans.

Or, you simply just don’t want to bother acknowledging them any longer.

If that is the case, you have two options here.

  • Opting out
  • Hide an endorsement

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To opt-out, you will have to:

  1. Go to Edit on the Skills and Endorsement section.
  2. Click on Adjust endorsement settings.
  3. On the first option, “I want to be endorsed,” toggle the button to “No.”

To hide skills:

  1. Scroll to Skills and Endorsement.
  2. Select the skill you want to hide the endorsement on.
  3. Click on the name of your connection.
  4. Toggle the button to the right to make it invisible.

GIVING AND RECEIVING ENDORSEMENTS ON LINKEDIN

In life, every action revolves around giving and receiving.

You can’t expect someone to give you a valuable gift and not do something in return, right?

That’s just poor courtesy.

That’s why you should …

1. Endorse Other People 

Before receiving an endorsement on LinkedIn, the most important first step you need to do is to endorse other people first.

Start with the people you know–your friends and colleagues.

Then move towards your first-degree connections.

When they see that you’ve helped them in validating their skills, they’ll appreciate your actions.

And this creates a favorable impression on you.

Result?

It’ll impact your reputation on LinkedIn, cementing your position in the professional community.

2. Get Endorsed by Other People

One thing’s for sure.

The endorsements you receive will influence the decisions of job recruiters viewing your profile to your side.

It also doesn’t hurt that your LinkedIn profile gains even more value.

In fact, a lack of endorsements might make others worry if you’re the right fit for the job. 

Hence, the need to get endorsed by others.

And if this endorsement comes with a recommendation, even better. 

BEST PRACTICES: WHAT YOU SHOULD TAKE NOTE OF

1. Highlight Your Top 3 Skills

Your top 3 skills–the ones you specialize in the most–ensures that you’re receiving the right endorsements for you.

Your goal for receiving endorsements is to validate the authenticity of the skills you possess right now.

And if you want job recruiters to hire you, you should ensure that others have endorsed the skills that matter.

2. Keeping Your Skills Fresh

As your career grows, you’ll notice that some of your skills may or may not be conducive to the job you’re seeking.

This sometimes happens when you get promoted to a higher management level or changed your job to a completely new field.

So, to keep up with these changes, update your skills.

Doing so signals to others the relevant skills you specialize in now.

In effect, they will endorse those appropriately. 

Bonus points if these are currently the in-demand skills in your field!

Additionally, skills are part of how people search for and find your profile.

If you provide a service or product and have particular expertise, highlight them in your skills area.

This makes it easier for people to find you.

3. Stay Ahead of the Curve

Did you know that professional skills have less than a “shelf-life” of five years?

That’s why LinkedIn suggests that you constantly brush up on them through continuous learning and development.

LinkedIn has an awesome extension of its platform for e-learning, called LinkedIn Learning.

Here, you can learn from the experience and advice of leading experts. 

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KEY TAKEAWAYS

LinkedIn’s Skills Endorsements is a method that recognizes you and your colleagues’ professional capabilities.

Endorsing …

  • Validates your skills and the skills others have
  • Shows off your strengths, which makes you attractive to recruiters and/or prospects

To endorse their skills, simply head over to their profile and press the (+) sign on the skills you want to endorse.

If, for some reason, you don’t want to receive endorsements, you can choose to opt-out or hide a skill.

But always remember to …

  • Brush up on your skills as you develop in your career.
  • Never stop learning to stay ahead of your peers.

You might think that “anyone can have multiple skills and be a Jack-of-all-trades.”

Don’t fall for this trap.

Carefully choose the skills to list on your profile and “niche down.”

It’s best to know a few things in-depth than many things on a surface level.

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