Comments on: my coworkers said they’d write me LinkedIn recommendations — but never came through https://www.askamanager.org/2021/05/my-coworkers-said-theyd-write-me-linkedin-recommendations.html Thu, 06 May 2021 18:11:15 +0000 hourly 1 By: RebelwithMouseyHair https://www.askamanager.org/2021/05/my-coworkers-said-theyd-write-me-linkedin-recommendations.html#comment-3382415 Thu, 06 May 2021 18:11:15 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=21541#comment-3382415 In reply to I Wrote This in the Bathroom.

I wrote one ages ago, I think it was when LinkedIn was relatively new. I may have set up my profile just to do it, I don’t remember. I had to tick a few boxes to describe her work. One box was for creativity. I didn’t tick that, but then specified in a note that it wasn’t something we required in the work she did for us (the last thing you want is creativity in pharmaceutical translations) and that she more than exceeded expectations in what she did, which was absolutely true.

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By: RebelwithMouseyHair https://www.askamanager.org/2021/05/my-coworkers-said-theyd-write-me-linkedin-recommendations.html#comment-3382401 Thu, 06 May 2021 18:05:45 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=21541#comment-3382401 In reply to Free Meerkats.

That’s hilarious!

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By: RebelwithMouseyHair https://www.askamanager.org/2021/05/my-coworkers-said-theyd-write-me-linkedin-recommendations.html#comment-3382396 Thu, 06 May 2021 18:04:28 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=21541#comment-3382396 In reply to KaylinNeya.

Nope! People recommend you in the hopes you’ll recommend them back. Unfortunately the only people who have done that are people whose work I can’t recommend (which is maybe why they’re desperately asking for recommendations to all and sundry!).
My son told me that recommendations from Big Noises in the industry carry more weight but I’m not sure how that works.

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By: OfficeMom https://www.askamanager.org/2021/05/my-coworkers-said-theyd-write-me-linkedin-recommendations.html#comment-3381539 Thu, 06 May 2021 01:53:12 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=21541#comment-3381539 Maybe it’s not them?

At my workplace, we are not allowed to leave LinkedIn recommendations – or give references – unless the parting employee has signed a waiver acknowledging that they don’t actually know if everything said will be positive.

The reason I know this is that I left a recommendation for a former colleague and was then asked to take it down because they hadn’t signed the waiver. Now I always check!

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By: Tomalak https://www.askamanager.org/2021/05/my-coworkers-said-theyd-write-me-linkedin-recommendations.html#comment-3380367 Tue, 04 May 2021 22:25:18 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=21541#comment-3380367 In reply to Dark Macadamia.

I can’t even imagine what kind of person writes this stuff without being asked to first.

I think it would be so unusual for someone to randomly go on LinkedIn and write a recommendation – without first being asked – that if it happened to me I would wonder if the person was in love with me or something.

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By: AEK https://www.askamanager.org/2021/05/my-coworkers-said-theyd-write-me-linkedin-recommendations.html#comment-3380249 Tue, 04 May 2021 20:00:24 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=21541#comment-3380249 I’ve looked at Linked in recommendations a few times for more client-facing work. Like, a contractor who doesn’t have a whole business website but has client recommendations on linked in. I thought that was a decent way to handle that kind of need. Otherwise, I’ll be the millionth person to say they aren’t worth that much. let it go.

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By: Kyrielle https://www.askamanager.org/2021/05/my-coworkers-said-theyd-write-me-linkedin-recommendations.html#comment-3380139 Tue, 04 May 2021 19:00:07 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=21541#comment-3380139 In reply to KaylinNeya.

Nope. I have some really nice ones; no one ever mentioned them in hiring me for my current job. The only purpose they seem to have served is to make me feel good. Which is pleasant, but doesn’t affect my job search much. :)

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By: Me https://www.askamanager.org/2021/05/my-coworkers-said-theyd-write-me-linkedin-recommendations.html#comment-3379769 Tue, 04 May 2021 17:03:19 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=21541#comment-3379769 In reply to LilyP.

This could be possible but anecdotally I have zero recommendations and have recruiters in my inbox.

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By: NotAnotherManager! https://www.askamanager.org/2021/05/my-coworkers-said-theyd-write-me-linkedin-recommendations.html#comment-3379401 Tue, 04 May 2021 14:15:01 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=21541#comment-3379401 In reply to Green.

Same. I can’t imagine caring at all about this. Someone interested in your work history and hiring you wants to talk to a reference, not read the equivalent of unverified Yelp reviews for a candidate.

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By: Jack Straw https://www.askamanager.org/2021/05/my-coworkers-said-theyd-write-me-linkedin-recommendations.html#comment-3379399 Tue, 04 May 2021 14:12:48 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=21541#comment-3379399 In reply to ElleKay.

Agreed RE the red flag. I think the OP is putting a ton of weight on the LinkedIn recs when they are not something most employers will even look at, nevertheless take into account when making interviewing/hiring decisions.

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By: Public Sector Manager https://www.askamanager.org/2021/05/my-coworkers-said-theyd-write-me-linkedin-recommendations.html#comment-3379398 Tue, 04 May 2021 14:12:14 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=21541#comment-3379398 In reply to Le Sigh.

I’ve been endorsed for things I don’t even do!

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By: M https://www.askamanager.org/2021/05/my-coworkers-said-theyd-write-me-linkedin-recommendations.html#comment-3379117 Tue, 04 May 2021 03:34:57 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=21541#comment-3379117 In reply to Green.

Same. It never even occurred to me to look. I can’t imagine how it would give me any meaningful insight.

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By: LilyP https://www.askamanager.org/2021/05/my-coworkers-said-theyd-write-me-linkedin-recommendations.html#comment-3379116 Tue, 04 May 2021 03:05:14 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=21541#comment-3379116 In reply to Me.

The one caveat I’ll give on this is that it’s possible that LinkedIn’s own search algorithms put some weight on having recommendations (or endorsements or connections or whatever) for deciding where to rank your profile in search results, and I bet recruiters do use those searches to source leads.

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By: LinkedInSaga https://www.askamanager.org/2021/05/my-coworkers-said-theyd-write-me-linkedin-recommendations.html#comment-3379112 Tue, 04 May 2021 02:35:47 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=21541#comment-3379112 Did you verbally ask or did u send them a invite link from linked in to write you a recommendation?

If former, follow up with latter.. if latter, talk to them verbally individually if they can write u one.

Most ppl want to, but put it off and forget. But when followed up, they might write u one. Out of the 50 ppl I asked, 3 wrote me very nice recommendation. Not that it mattered for job, it made me feel good that I am recommendable.

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By: fhqwhgads https://www.askamanager.org/2021/05/my-coworkers-said-theyd-write-me-linkedin-recommendations.html#comment-3379102 Tue, 04 May 2021 01:56:42 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=21541#comment-3379102 In reply to kittymommy.

I have literally only ever heard of them on this website, as a thing Alison tells people don’t matter much. I take her word for it.

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By: Raincoaster https://www.askamanager.org/2021/05/my-coworkers-said-theyd-write-me-linkedin-recommendations.html#comment-3379100 Tue, 04 May 2021 01:40:33 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=21541#comment-3379100 In reply to Teekanne aus Schokolade.

Thanks! The guy who wrote it is a bit of an industry celeb so I hope it was worth it.

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By: PotatoEngineer https://www.askamanager.org/2021/05/my-coworkers-said-theyd-write-me-linkedin-recommendations.html#comment-3379099 Tue, 04 May 2021 01:38:06 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=21541#comment-3379099 In reply to Guacamole Bob.

Worst-case scenario: after you recommend them, there’s a public scandal about them. And now your name is associated with theirs, once a reporter does the bare-minimum glance at their LinkedIn profile.

Okay, it’s probably not going to be that bad, but if you need more worst-case scenarios, I’m your human!

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By: Hypnotist Collector https://www.askamanager.org/2021/05/my-coworkers-said-theyd-write-me-linkedin-recommendations.html#comment-3379098 Tue, 04 May 2021 01:35:13 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=21541#comment-3379098 This happened to me last year. Our company was shut down by its parent, leaving well over 100 people out of work, but we had two months notice, so there was generally a lot of support, at least verbal support. I invited people to review my LinkedIn connections (I’m old and a good connector, so I have 1500+ connections there) so I could introduce them to anyone they wanted to meet, and I offered to write recommendations for people, which I did for those who asked. I also asked several people to write recommendations for me. None did. One of those people is a friend, and I pointed out to her that she hadn’t done it, and got a vague “Oh, didn’t you get it? I was sure I sent it.” It really hurt me. I am much older than my colleagues were and I felt like they thought I didn’t deserve to get another job (and sure enough, I haven’t, while virtually all of them have).

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By: Erin https://www.askamanager.org/2021/05/my-coworkers-said-theyd-write-me-linkedin-recommendations.html#comment-3379097 Tue, 04 May 2021 01:32:27 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=21541#comment-3379097 In reply to Richard Hershberger.

I went to find your book out of curiosity and now I’ve done my Father’s Day shopping early!

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By: tamarack and fireweed https://www.askamanager.org/2021/05/my-coworkers-said-theyd-write-me-linkedin-recommendations.html#comment-3379073 Mon, 03 May 2021 23:47:25 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=21541#comment-3379073 In reply to Sleepytime Tea.

I came to write down my experience and it was almost exactly like Sleepytime Tea’s.

Still not feeling all that proud of it! I should have written that recommendation! But it happens. What people write on social media sites is really quite frequently something that falls through the cracks when life gets busy.

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By: Temperance https://www.askamanager.org/2021/05/my-coworkers-said-theyd-write-me-linkedin-recommendations.html#comment-3379063 Mon, 03 May 2021 23:00:04 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=21541#comment-3379063 In reply to Green.

The hands down weirdest resume package my husband ever received was a tech guy whose “resume” included 5 full pages of Linked In recommendations. It was so cringe.

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By: Shirley Keeldar https://www.askamanager.org/2021/05/my-coworkers-said-theyd-write-me-linkedin-recommendations.html#comment-3379035 Mon, 03 May 2021 22:00:09 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=21541#comment-3379035 In reply to Nicotene.

I think writing tasks are particularly prone to this kind of overpromise/underdeliver. People think it’ll be easy, they’ll just dash off a paragraph…then they find it’s harder than they thought, as writing often is…then they don’t have the bandwidth or put it off or conveniently forget. It’s very common. Not that this makes it less frustrating for the OP, but it’s probably not about her skills and more about the task itself.

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By: ElleKay https://www.askamanager.org/2021/05/my-coworkers-said-theyd-write-me-linkedin-recommendations.html#comment-3379018 Mon, 03 May 2021 21:36:20 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=21541#comment-3379018 LinkedIn recommendations aren’t something I look at or put any real stock in.
If I’m checking references I want to talk to your references; not read something that could be years old.

I’ve always thought LinkedIn was more useful as a way to stay “in touch” with professional contacts so that, years down the line, you could reconnect when you might want to list them as a reference for a *call*

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By: ElleKay https://www.askamanager.org/2021/05/my-coworkers-said-theyd-write-me-linkedin-recommendations.html#comment-3379016 Mon, 03 May 2021 21:33:20 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=21541#comment-3379016 In reply to Save the Hellbender.

Yes, this plus “then insulted when I mention that this is something we had planned” raised a possible flag for me.
There’s literally no evidence here that they’ve done anything other than “not gotten to it yet” so I’m a little concerned that OP seems to be jumping to the assumption that all their co-workers are lying to them.

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By: Sunflower https://www.askamanager.org/2021/05/my-coworkers-said-theyd-write-me-linkedin-recommendations.html#comment-3379009 Mon, 03 May 2021 21:30:01 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=21541#comment-3379009 I don’t care much about LinkedIn, it’s just another social media presence that’s becoming very braggy and political.

I wouldn’t read someone’s recommendations. Half of them are random or perhaps someone you worked with one time for a month.

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By: Environmental Compliance https://www.askamanager.org/2021/05/my-coworkers-said-theyd-write-me-linkedin-recommendations.html#comment-3379000 Mon, 03 May 2021 21:23:07 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=21541#comment-3379000 In reply to Cat Tree.

My dad’s favorite thing to do when he first got LinkedIn was to randomly endorse me for things. Often things rather unrelated to what I actually do, but somewhat related to my original degree. I’ve always ignored endorsements fully and mostly ignore recommendations on LinkedIn.

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By: Daisy-dog https://www.askamanager.org/2021/05/my-coworkers-said-theyd-write-me-linkedin-recommendations.html#comment-3378999 Mon, 03 May 2021 21:22:22 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=21541#comment-3378999 An issue for me is that it is open-ended. If you’re a reference, then you get asked specific questions to guide where to go with answers. On Linked In, I just don’t know where to start. Maybe you could remind then and give them a specific item that you want to hype up for your job hunt. If you’re looking for a Llama Grooming Specialist role and you’ve only been a Llama Grooming Assistant, then ask your colleagues to remark on a specific project where you were leading a specific complex grooming task. Otherwise, you may get recommendations that use generic descriptors like “reliable” or “trustworthy” which doesn’t really paint a picture.

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By: Hiring Mgr https://www.askamanager.org/2021/05/my-coworkers-said-theyd-write-me-linkedin-recommendations.html#comment-3378994 Mon, 03 May 2021 21:17:23 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=21541#comment-3378994 In reply to Elle by the sea.

Yes that was where I got the idea :)

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By: The New Wanderer https://www.askamanager.org/2021/05/my-coworkers-said-theyd-write-me-linkedin-recommendations.html#comment-3378970 Mon, 03 May 2021 20:47:23 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=21541#comment-3378970 In reply to NewHerePleaseBeNice.

If someone asked me how to do it, I’d say not to put a lot of effort into it. The typical LI recommendation, IME, is one or two lines about being how X is awesome at [role] without much context or how the author really enjoyed working with X. Kind of the equivalent of saying something nice about an acquaintance but with a professional spin. The recs likely don’t help set someone apart from other candidates in a hiring situation, if they’re even seen.

That employee should have asked for the manager to be a reference, if they didn’t already, since that’s far more meaningful.

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By: Laure https://www.askamanager.org/2021/05/my-coworkers-said-theyd-write-me-linkedin-recommendations.html#comment-3378967 Mon, 03 May 2021 20:41:31 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=21541#comment-3378967 In reply to Richard Hershberger.

Richard Hershberger, I am in the same business with the same issue, but I am more manipulative about it. If a writer told me, “Oh, if you liked my book, leave a review” I would agree politely, but I would feel pressured… And never do it, out of a sort of absurd feeling of rebellion.
So when someone tells me they like my books, I don’t ask them for anything, but later, if the conversation allows it, I mention how important readers’ feedback is, for instance, how Goodreads and Amazon reviews influence sales… And then, sometimes they say “I will write one!” and because it’s “their” idea, the follow up is better.
Told like this, the method sounds really unsubtle. Imagine it done in a subtle manner. :D

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By: Artemesia https://www.askamanager.org/2021/05/my-coworkers-said-theyd-write-me-linkedin-recommendations.html#comment-3378962 Mon, 03 May 2021 20:30:48 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=21541#comment-3378962 In reply to Green.

I had people I barely knew professionally write me glowing recs including a cousin I hadn’t seen in 30 years — personally I just never paid attention to them when hiring. I wanted to talk to real ex managers not read what may be bogus puff pieces.

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By: KaylinNeya https://www.askamanager.org/2021/05/my-coworkers-said-theyd-write-me-linkedin-recommendations.html#comment-3378958 Mon, 03 May 2021 20:24:54 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=21541#comment-3378958 In reply to RussianInTexas.

+1. And now I’m sitting here wondering if I should be concerned about this?

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By: Laure https://www.askamanager.org/2021/05/my-coworkers-said-theyd-write-me-linkedin-recommendations.html#comment-3378957 Mon, 03 May 2021 20:24:53 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=21541#comment-3378957 In reply to Construction Safety.

Your answer doesn’t get enough credit, Construction Safety.

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By: Marny https://www.askamanager.org/2021/05/my-coworkers-said-theyd-write-me-linkedin-recommendations.html#comment-3378956 Mon, 03 May 2021 20:24:03 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=21541#comment-3378956 In reply to TWW.

This. And then I’d forget the conversation about 5 seconds later because I was only agreeing as a way of being polite.

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By: Pikachu https://www.askamanager.org/2021/05/my-coworkers-said-theyd-write-me-linkedin-recommendations.html#comment-3378951 Mon, 03 May 2021 20:17:50 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=21541#comment-3378951 In reply to Chauncy Gardener.

I have 22 social media “endorsements.” More than any other category. I don’t even have a facebook account.

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By: SheLooksFamiliar https://www.askamanager.org/2021/05/my-coworkers-said-theyd-write-me-linkedin-recommendations.html#comment-3378950 Mon, 03 May 2021 20:17:17 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=21541#comment-3378950 In reply to Le Sigh.

FWIW, endorsements are not the same as recommendations. An endorsement is a ‘thumbs up’ by someone in your network and doesn’t mean much, if anything.

Someone has to write a recommendation for you, and you can publish it or ask the writer to edit it. It has more cachet than an endorsement, but I put as much stock in those as I do in traditional reference letters. Which is to say, not much.

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By: Lilo https://www.askamanager.org/2021/05/my-coworkers-said-theyd-write-me-linkedin-recommendations.html#comment-3378949 Mon, 03 May 2021 20:16:16 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=21541#comment-3378949 In reply to MassMatt.

I deleted my LinkedIn. I have no interest in leaving my job and we don’t recruit through it. I was tired of weird solicitations. I have been head hunted directly by people in my field even without a LinkedIn.

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By: Elle by the sea https://www.askamanager.org/2021/05/my-coworkers-said-theyd-write-me-linkedin-recommendations.html#comment-3378948 Mon, 03 May 2021 20:14:32 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=21541#comment-3378948 In reply to Hiring Mgr.

Ah, academic advisors do this often in PhD applications. It is really hard to write a recommendation about yourself, especially if you are from a culture where it’s a sin to talk about your own accomplishments.

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By: One of the Spreadsheet Horde https://www.askamanager.org/2021/05/my-coworkers-said-theyd-write-me-linkedin-recommendations.html#comment-3378946 Mon, 03 May 2021 20:14:12 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=21541#comment-3378946 In reply to Cat Tree.

My mom endorsed me too despite having retired from a completely unrelated industry. Employers may not care but it’s nice to know my mom thinks I’m awesome.

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By: Lilo https://www.askamanager.org/2021/05/my-coworkers-said-theyd-write-me-linkedin-recommendations.html#comment-3378943 Mon, 03 May 2021 20:12:34 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=21541#comment-3378943 In reply to Selena.

I hadn’t even heard of these until now. I looked them up and, no. If you had a relevant credential, I would want it submitted separately and would not rely on a social media badge.

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By: Lilo https://www.askamanager.org/2021/05/my-coworkers-said-theyd-write-me-linkedin-recommendations.html#comment-3378940 Mon, 03 May 2021 20:10:13 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=21541#comment-3378940 In reply to Green.

Same here. I really don’t pay attention to that stuff at all.

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By: Free Meerkats https://www.askamanager.org/2021/05/my-coworkers-said-theyd-write-me-linkedin-recommendations.html#comment-3378938 Mon, 03 May 2021 20:08:20 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=21541#comment-3378938 In reply to Cat Tree.

A bunch of my recommendations are from people with whom I’ve never worked, including my wife. I’ve never requested them and would only do one for someone if they asked.

The funny thing about my wife giving me some is that, now that I’ve been working from home and she’s seen me at work, she doesn’t like the way I work. :)

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By: Selena https://www.askamanager.org/2021/05/my-coworkers-said-theyd-write-me-linkedin-recommendations.html#comment-3378933 Mon, 03 May 2021 20:01:22 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=21541#comment-3378933 In reply to Nicotene.

There is a tiny chance OPs co-workers think he/she sucks, but it’s far far FAR more likely their co-workers have been putting it off because they were busy or struggled to find the right phrases with which to sum up OPs work.

A gentle reminder (perhaps pointing out the looming job-loss? or indicating projects or activities that OP would like praise for?) is in order, but that’s about all that can be done.

I imagine that these recommendations might help OP to feel a bit more secure about their own qualities, even if they don’t hold much weight with recruiters.

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By: NewHerePleaseBeNice https://www.askamanager.org/2021/05/my-coworkers-said-theyd-write-me-linkedin-recommendations.html#comment-3378931 Mon, 03 May 2021 20:00:27 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=21541#comment-3378931 Only last week I was asked by a colleague how to go about writing a recommendation on LinkedIn – he’s a pretty savvy manager who does A LOT of hiring but he’d no idea that recommendations were a thing until he was asked by a former employee.

Tl;dr I’m not sure many people take notice of LinkedIn recs!

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By: stebuu https://www.askamanager.org/2021/05/my-coworkers-said-theyd-write-me-linkedin-recommendations.html#comment-3378929 Mon, 03 May 2021 19:58:54 +0000 https://www.askamanager.org/?p=21541#comment-3378929 In reply to Green.

i’ve interviewed dozens of people.

I do not give a flying fig about LinkedIn recommendations. In fact if somebody has too many I treat it as a negative as it’s clear they’re they type that “harvests” them.

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