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.