I’ve been thinking about these one-click LinkedIn endorsements lately. And while it’s lovely to see your names pop-up when you click to endorse me on a match that LinkedIn has suggested in it’s gamification of our careers, I really wonder how many of you use those in hiring decisions.
I’ve really been noodling this new approach to endorsements and recommendations since LinkedIn launched this new feature. Their recommendations always were a conundrum to me – you may remember past questions about whether it’s tacky to ask for a recommendation or whether it’s just good career management. I know from experience they aren’t quick to whip up and I generally take much longer to craft a recommendation than I think the asker is expecting.
I also received an email recently from a friend & colleague asking me to by-pass these one-clickers and just endorse him for skills I have personally seen in action and that match the areas he is actively trying to highlight. Really, who needs “MS Office” as their most endorsed Skill & Expertise… (and while I’m at it, aren’t Skills and Expertise different things? ah, but I quibble.)
I do like that LinkedIn has reduced the effort of endorsing a colleague and that they are using the one-click Hot-or-Not endorsement model (because it’s easy, not because it’s objectifying.)
I’d just like to see a way for professionals to identify the skills or expertise they don’t want in the game but do want in their profile in case knowing Balsamiq is a deciding factor in HR’s evaluation of who to interview.
When LinkedIn started they really emphasised only connecting with people you have worked with and would recommend. That has obviously changed since I get daily requests to connect from people I’ve never heard of, let alone know personally. I guess in the early-days, if you had followed LinkedIn’s recommendation, these endorsements would only come from people who knew you and had worked with you. These days, well, it’s a bit of a crap shoot. And for me, that effects the validity and relevance of this endorsement. And of course, the game-play aspect means that you aren’t presented with a list of skills to pick the one you’d endorse first, just one from the list. Making me wonder how often the skills that are more rarified, more senior and likely more critical to your career development, are actually presented to the people who would know if you have them.
So time for you to weigh in:
- do you play LinkedIn’s little endorsement game?
- do you use these endorsements when evaluating a candidate or someone’s profile?
- do you get endorsed by people who’ve never seen you in action?
- Recommendations or endorsements – which way do you swing?