LinkedIn Skills Endorsements: What’s Going On?

by Nancy Myrland on October 3, 2012

 

LinkedIn New Skills EndorsementsLINKEDIN HAS BEEN VERY BUSY THIS WEEK

They just rolled out a new feature called Skills Endorsements that allows your 1st degree connections to “endorse” your skills and expertise with one click. It is an interesting feature as it allows the credibility that can come from others speaking up on your behalf.

Some might say it is a bit Klout-like in allowing others to say they think you’re good at one or more of your skills. These are skills that you have previously added to your Profile (more about that later in this post). This allows others to say they, too, think you have these skills.

LET’S TAKE A LOOK

Someone decides to endorse my skills in a particular area I have listed. Again, these are skills I have already chosen to add to my LinkedIn profile. If you haven’t done so, you should as they are all searchable by people who might be interested in those skills, not to mention it’s okay to help people know what you do for a living.

YOU’RE SUDDENLY GETTING ENDORSEMENT EMAILS FROM LINKEDIN

When someone endorses my skills, LinkedIn then sends me an email to let me know someone, or some people, have endorsed my skills.

Here’s an example of that email:

Email notification for LinkedIn skills endorsement

I then click Continue in my email to see what’s going on. I am taken to my Profile on LinkedIn, where I might see a blue box above my Profile that suggests others I can endorse, four at a time. I can choose to follow LinkedIn’s suggestions to endorse any or all of these four connections, and/or ask to see more as you can see in the bottom right corner of the blue box.

LinkedIn Skills endorsement at the top of my Profile

When your connections choose to endorse your skills, it then adds their very small avatar next to those skills in the Skills and Expertise section of your profile.

This is what that that looks like:

The Skills & Expertise section of my profile on LinkedIn

HOW DO I ENDORSE SOMEONE?

If you would like to endorse someone, but don’t see the aforementioned blue box at the top of your profile, you can scroll down to the Skills & Expertise section of your 1st degree connections, where you will be able to click on that skill, or click the + symbol next to the skill.

When you endorse others’ skills, your name and picture will then appear next to the skill on that person’s profile, and an update regarding the endorsement will appear in your network update stream, as well as the update stream of the connection you have endorsed.

As we discussed at the top of this post, an email will also be sent to the person you’ve endorsed.

One’s most endorsed skills will move to the top of their Skills & Expertise section.

Another way to endorse a connection’s skills is to go to their profile, where you may see a box above their photo that asks you if this person is skilled in particular areas. The skills listed in this box allow you to suggest and endorse multiple skills your connection hasn’t necessarily added to their profile. Suggested skills that you choose won’t appear on your connection’s profile until they approve them.

Here is what that section on your connection’s profile looks like:

LinkedIn Profile with suggested skills for you to choose

TO HIDE OR REMOVE AN ENDORSEMENT

If you don’t want someone’s endorsement of your skills to show, you can hide it. Be careful when hiding someone’s endorsement of your skills because LinkedIn has not yet enabled us to unhide someone’s endorsement of us. When looking at your Skills & Expertise section, you will notice a small gray arrow below the avatars of a particular skill:

How to remove a skills endorsement on LinkedIn

When you click on the gray arrow, a box pops up that allows you to then hide specific endorsements. Click on Hide Endorsement, then close the box.

How to hide a skills endorsement on your LinkedIn profile

YOU’VE CHANGED YOUR MIND

If you change your mind, and you want to remove your endorsement of someone’s skills, you can do so by going to their profile, finding the skill in the Skills & Expertise section where your avatar shows next to that skill you endorsed. When you hover over that skill, it will then give you the option to Undo your endorsement. The Undo doesn’t show below as it only works when hovering.

How to remove my endorsement of someone's skills on LinkedIn

What do you think about the new Skills Endorsement feature?

Like?

Dislike?

Worried about ethical implications?

Follow-up: I’ve written Part 2 titled LinkedIn Skills’ Endorsements: Take Control Of Your Skills to address additional questions.

Follow-up: I’ve also written this post, Lawyers, Are LinkedIn Skills & Endorsements Recommendations Unethical?

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3 comments
Ed Brophy
Ed Brophy

What type of skills are we mainly talking about endorsing here?

 

Are we mainly talking about people’s technical know how or endorsing the character and emotional intelligence of the person performing these skills?

 

“Even in lines such as technical engineering about 15% of ones financial success is due to technical knowledge and about 85% is due to one’s skill in human engineering.” ~ Dale Carnegie, Carnegie Institute, “How To Win Friends and Influence people.”

 

The most important and the most highly paid form of intelligence in America is social intelligence, the ability to get along well with other people. Social intelligence is also known as human engineering or “your people skills”:

 

Examples of People Skills and terminology used:

 

Imagineer, problem solver, open minded, sense of urgency, effective questioning, meaningful specifics, resourceful, solid networker, takes initiative, strategic insights, critical thinker, team synergy, unshakable optimist, …and the list keeps going.

 

Most skills belong to skill sets. You have the ability to list up to 50 skills on your Linkedin profile.

 

The “85%” or so of your people skills should be listed to highlight how you go about orchestrating your technical skills.

“True effectiveness is a function of two things: what is produced (the golden eggs) and the producing asset (the goose).” ~Stephen Covey

 

P.S. You don’t have to endorse all of the skills on someone’s profile.

Open Networker is a people skill. You wouldn't endorse or approve somebody you didn't know very well if they ask that you endorse them as an Open Networker, but you would approve their invitation to connect?

 

What is it that you believe your "open to" or skilled at when you say you’re an Open Networker?

You can unendorse anybody at anytime if you change your mind.

 

P.S.S. A resume is a document used by a person to present their background and skills. Why is it considered sincere when you pay a complete stranger from a resume service to create a professional resume to beef up your skills and qualifications, but another individual who doesn't know you very well is not allowed to endorse or support any of the people skills or characteristics you present on your profile?

 

Daniel Collico Savio
Daniel Collico Savio

Don´t like this new LinkedIn idea of being pushed to endorse someone only because it "seems fair". Where is the freedom or the need of low profile? I like the previous LinkedIn general endorsement idea, not being pushy at all, not seeking any rewards, far from Klout-like show off.

NancyMyrland
NancyMyrland moderator

 @Daniel Collico Savio Yes, it was a very interesting move to say the least, Daniel. It does smack of Klout, but seems to carry a bit more credibility because it's LinkedIn....? I'm actually not sure about that because I've seen numerous complaints like yours.  It is good that you can hide the endorsements if you'd like, but they will be so pervasive that that might be futile.  I wouldn't feel compelled to reimburse or reciprocate, but just keep on the path you're on.  If it feels genuine, then sure, but otherwise, just let it play out, right?  Thanks for stopping by!

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