Click Happy on LinkedIn

At the end of September, LinkedIn introduced Endorsements:

They were rolled out with the intention of one-click feedback — quick and dirty one might say. The addition of Endorsements was a positive to the LinkedIn platform. Before the only way you could verify or validate a colleague was by writing a LinkedIn Recommendation. The problem with the Recommendations tool is that people are intimidated by it and it’s definitely not easy to use. The process is time-consuming and people don’t want to opt in {no different than how it’s hard to get someone to write you a recommendation letter!!}. The positive is that people generally have to take some time to write them — so if you do get one, it’s a huge win and you need to give yourself a pat on the back.

Over the last month, I have been endorsed by all sorts of colleagues {thank you, thank you!}.

So what’s the problem?

Some {some some some, not all!} of my colleagues have “endorsed” skills and expertise they have never seen me demonstrate. In regards to HR, many people endorsed me in Human Resources because I currently work in the field. Not because I am any good at it, nor because we worked alongside each other doing a compensation review.

From a personal point of view, LinkedIn Endorsements build credibility. Most people will look at endorsements and go whoaaaa — must mean you have your shit together. Hooray…! :/ Just remember that’s not really the case… you could be a deadbeat and have your 10 deadbeat friends endorse you. You’re really no further ahead in life. Focus on quality over quantity — and don’t get your panties all bundled up in excitement because you have 7 notifications that you’ve been endorsed. Results will always be gold.

From a Recruiter’s perspective — remember that Endorsements don’t mean shit all. LinkedIn Endorsements are honestly no different than +K — same beast, different platform. Take online recommendations with a grain of salt. Don’t assume skills endorsements equal credibility.

If you’re going to endorse others / give out recommendations (or anything to that like) — make sure they are thoughtful and relevant. Avoid getting click happy. Give a shout out to your colleagues because you know they are totally all star at their expertise area. And hell… if you’re already their #1 fan, why not just spend the time to drop them a love note in the mail or write them a full-on recommendation on LinkedIn.


  1. gabriellegaron November 1, 2012

    I couldn’t agree more!

    By having the endorsement be a blink of an eye time-lapse commitment, you have to question how much thought is really going into it.

    The more personal we can make our social media tools, the more meaningful our interactions and such, we have have impactful relationships.

  2. mauriceabarry November 4, 2012

    Love the way you put it there at the end. From where I come from you are what we call ‘Jack Blunt,’ a quality I admire.

  3. Jillian Walker November 4, 2012

    Wow — thank you Maurice. Really appreciate you taking the time to comment and thank you for the compliment!

  4. Shelly Simms November 10, 2012

    I think l7nkedin will be the next ‘Myspace’

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