How To Write a LinkedIn Recommendation

by Ron on September 7, 2009


The other day a friend asked me to write a LinkedIn recommendation for him, and I was happy to do it. It wasn’t hard. I like him and I know he does good work, but this kind of thing comes easy for me because I’m a writer. If you’re not, you might be wondering what kind of information should go in a LinkedIn Recommendation. This post should help you get started.

Recommendation Content:

As you get ready to write the recommendation, begin by asking yourself a few questions that should help you flesh out what you like about this person:

  1. How do you know this person: I managed Linda Santiago for five years at Phenomenal Flooring. Linda worked in floor sales greeting customers and helping them make the perfect flooring choice.
  2. What do you like about her and her work?: Linda was always exceedingly polite, friendly and professional when dealing with customers and she was a generous and cooperative co-worker with her fellow-sales staff members.
  3. How would she help an organization?: Linda would be an asset to any company looking for someone with a calm demeanor, a sense of humor and a professional manner. I highly recommend Linda Santiago.

Recommendation Guidelines:

Keep these ideas in mind as you write the recommendation:

  1. Be honest.
  2. Be brief, but write enough to make a meaningful recommendation for future employers
  3. Write from the heart. Tell the world why you like this person.

There you have it. You don’t have to be a writer for a living to write good recommendations. Just keep these ideas and mind and let it flow. Remember, if you write recommendations for others, be sure to ask them to write one for you too.

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