What I learned in #LinkedInChat

Today, I participated in my first-ever Twitter chat. LinkedIn experts, marketers, copywriters, business executives and fellow students provided their insights, advice and tricks on how to enhance LinkedIn profiles through the use of recommendations.

Some of my key takeaways from this week’s #LinkedInChat were:

  1. Don’t be afraid to ask people who you have formed a strong professional relationship with for a recommendation.
  2. Only ask someone for a recommendation if you would feel comfortable writing a recommendation for them.
  3. Don’t have too many recommendations.
  4. You can provide someone with a list of things you would like them to discuss in their recommendation, or, at least, tell them why you want a recommendation.
  5. Don’t be too pushy about asking for a recommendation.
  6. Give recommendations to get recommendations, but when someone gives you a recommendation, don’t immediately return the favor. It is best to wait a few days.
  7. Make sure the recommendations that you write are personalized and thoughtful, so the recommendation sounds sincere.

After this LinkedIn chat, I feel more comfortable asking people I have built a professional relationship with. I learned that recommendations can fill in the gaps in your resume and confirm your skills from a second-hand source.

I also gained 8 new followers from people who I engaged with during this chat. LinkedIn chat helped me to begin to develop relationships with other professionals. It was a really great experience, which I will definitely do again!

Click here for some tips on how to write good recommendations on LinkedIn.

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