LinkedIn recommendations have become an essential part of your profile.
Yet, it can be uncomfortable to ask your colleagues, customers, and clients to write recommendations for you. Because of that, when I see a great request, I like to feature it here.
At a minimum, recommendations show that some people like you well enough to stand up for you in public. When done well, they provide valuable insight into what it’s like to work with you and whether or not you deliver results.
One of my resume clients shared the following request with me yesterday. It resonated as *awesome* with me because of its clarity and graciousness. It’s calm, confident, and it provides a clear outline of what the recommendation might look like.
The outline matters because it helps the writer form his or her thoughts and it helps the requester get a recommendation that provides useful information to people reading his profile.
Check it out:
Good morning Amit,
I hope all is well. I wonder if you would mind writing a brief recommendation for me based on our experience working together when I was your salesperson with X Corp.
A brief note about my approach to sales and service, handling your account, recommending the right product mix, and being a resource through implementation would be incredibly helpful if you feel that you had an experience worthy of a comment.
I understand if you are busy and it has been a while since we have spoken. If there is anything that I can do to help, please do not hesitate to contact me.
As always, I greatly appreciate your time.
BTW, he got the recommendation!
For a peek at the future (or the present), check out this post about a free artificial intelligence program that writes LinkedIn recommendations and performance reviews.
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Updated June 2017
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