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When Can You Trust LinkedIn Recommendations?

July 13th, 2016

August 2nd

LinkedIn has grown in its usage and popularity steadily over the last decade.  While many social platforms focus on images and brevity, LinkedIn stands out as a substantial and fruitful medium for both job seekers and those looking to hire outstanding talent.

As you peruse LinkedIn for promising candidates, it’s important to evaluate their recommendations. This is one important way that professional connections can verify their skills through co-workers or past and present supervisors. Consider the following factors when evaluating a candidate’s recommendations.

Evaluate the Connection

First and foremost, check to see if the connection is a past or current colleague. A recommendation from a boss or colleague in a superior position is more impressive than colleagues from a similar level in the company or organization.

Here’s an example of a recommendation made by a client of a connection:

“Michelle is one of those rare finds that brings all her talents and expertise to the table each and every time Group 2 retains her services. Her strong work ethic, ability to dive in and ramp up quickly and knowledge of overall industry protocols is quite impressive. If you’re seeking a young and qualified (beyond her years) marketing partner, I highly recommend having her join your team.”

Fluff or Factual?

Next, you want to read the recommendation and consider whether there are hard facts or examples of their work. Most quality recommendations will include either examples or statistics to support the connection, not just wordy fluff.

Take a look at this “fluffy” example:

“Susan is such an excellent worker! She brings her best to every project and produces great results!”

While this recommendation makes Susan sound like a positive person, it doesn’t tell us much about anything. This shouldn’t count against Susan, but hopefully she has other, more in-depth recommendations to help you understand a bit more about her strengths in the office.

Too Much of a Good Thing

In the case of recommendations, you’d rather trust a few substantial entries, rather than too many. The “quality over quantity” rule definitely applies here. In addition, too many recommendations are a red flag for insincere entries.

This rule also ties back to the first point. If a person has multiple recommendations for one position, it is most promising for the recommendations to come from colleagues or clients at different levels of the company.

If you’re looking to hire more talent for your company, you should definitely scour LinkedIn. Recommendations can be a trusted source of valuable information if you look for the right signs!

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