5 Ways to Get More LinkedIn Endorsements

LinkedIn started allowing members to endorse skills from others in their network.

Here are 5 ways to get more endorsements (aside from just asking):

1. Move your “Skills & Expertise” Section Above the Fold

If your “Skills & Expertise” section is at the bottom of your profile, it will be more difficult for people to see your skills and endorse you. Consider moving your “Skills” to the top of your profile so that it is easily visible.

The easier it is to see your skills, the more likely you’ll get endorsed.

2. Add “Skills” That Are Easily Endorsed

Audit the list of skills you’ve added for  yourself and make sure others would endorse your work in those areas.  Consider adding generic keywords that might be easily endorsed by others that only read your blog – or by people that you’ve worked with in previous companies.  If the skills you’ve listed are too specific, it might be more difficult to get endorsements in those areas.

3. Arrange Your “Skills” in the Order Important to You

If you don’t have any endorsements, make sure to edit your skills and arrange in the order important to you.

For example, you might list photography as a skill – but it’s not an important skill for your career.  You might want to keep photography at the bottom of your list (so that the important skills are more likely to get endorsed).

You can change how the list will appear simply by editing your profile. However,  ranking will change based on votes you receive for each skill.

4. Endorse Colleagues

Take the time to endorse people that you know. Review their skills and endorse the topics they are proficient in.  Don’t simply endorse every skill unless it’s true.

Also consider adding other skills they might have missed.  Each time you endorse someone, they will receive an email that you endorsed them.  And this can help you earn endorsements from them.

Email they will see:

And if you receive an endorsement, message them back to say thank you.

5. Remove “Skills” That Don’t Impact Your Career

You might have listed skills that are interesting, but don’t impact your career in any way.  Think about removing any skills that will not help you earn endorsements (or too difficult for others to endorse).  You’ll build more credibility on your profile if each skill is endorsed by other people.

Let me know what you think of these strategies by messaging me in LinkedIn.

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11 Comments on "5 Ways to Get More LinkedIn Endorsements"

  1. Tony Restell says:

    A great post Mike, thanks for sharing.

    Moving your Skills & Expertise section above the fold will probably be a good long term move. In the short term, LinkedIn is pushing endorsement suggestions in a user’s face as soon as they visit a profile page – so it seems likely that those who will gain the most endorsements are those who have the most people visiting their profile page in the first page. I do have concerns therefore about how representative the outcomes of this approach are going to be for really validating the career skills of members. But as a move by LinkedIn to increase site engagement I’ve no doubt it’ll be a success.

    • Tony, totally agree with you. The more connections someone has will probably mean more endorsements. However, I think recommendations are much more important in the LinkedIn algorithm and more important from a hiring perspective. Should be interesting to see what happens.

  2. Michael, thanks for sharing this potential idea of giving & getting endorsement from friends & clients. If people utilize this feature in a positive way, it is going to help a alot those hiring managers & potential prospects to make their decision on-time and correct.

  3. Bob Davis says:

    For those of us who are not as “LinkedIn savvy” as you, I have several questions:

    1) Do I have to become an upgraded LinkedIn member in oireder to re-arrange my profile to put my skillsets higher on my page?
    2) If not, exactly HOW do I go about it–that is, what keystrokes do I take to re-arrange my profile page per your recommendation?

    • Bob, I apologize for not making that tip more clear. If you click on “Profile” in your main navigation, choose “Edit Profile.” Next, find your “Skills & Expertise” section and roll your mouse icon over those words. You can then click on that header and drag anywhere on your profile. I’m going to update this blog post this evening to make this all more clear. Thank you so much for your comment and letting me know how to improve the article. I really appreciate your time. :)

  4. Katie Fitch says:

    Very helpful. Thanks for the clear, simple ideas. Keep ’em coming.

  5. That’s a great post Mike. Another thing I noticed recently was that you can Export your Linked In profile to a PDF and it generates a pretty good looking resume. Instantly I could see that only a handful of my Skills and Expertise were noting proficiency and years of experience, so I went in to the Skills in my profile and noticed that if you click on the Skill name, a pop-up will open up enabling you to update this info. Now when I Export to PDF I have a nice clean listing of skills. You may also consider sorting them by years of experience so the ones you are advanced in remain on top.

  6. Bob Garrett says:

    Great tips – now to get 99+ on every skill

    Happy Holidays

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