LinkedIn loves its Skills & Endorsements feature.
It’s using members’ input to build a global economic graph — an increasingly accurate, proprietary database of the global labor supply chain (more here).
Jeff Weiner wants to know what we all do — and if we’re any good at it.
So far, that hasn’t gone well for Jeff.
People don’t take LinkedIn skills endorsements seriously because they’re so easy to give.
The New LinkedIn Mobile Skills Endorsement
However, endorsements might be getting more meaningful!
Last week, I was on my LinkedIn mobile app endorsing one of my friends when this screen popped up — like the love child of Yelp and Lake Wobegon:
Being a fangirl, I gave my friend three stars.
It didn’t occur to me at the time to ignore LinkedIn’s request or lie in my responses, but I could have used either of those options instead of giving serious answers.
LinkedIn told me my friend would never know I’d given her skill a star rating (but if she’s reading this, she probably does now).
After I clicked “Next,” this screen popped up:
LinkedIn wanted to know how well I know my friend.
Again, it assured me they would never display my response on LinkedIn or share it with her.
How Will LinkedIn Use This Information?
Which made me ask myself, “How will LinkedIn use this information?”
Does it go to:
- LinkedIn data scientists?
- SEO algorithms (they vary by LinkedIn product)?
- LinkedIn Recruiter subscribers?
- Policy and academic researchers (more here)?
They didn’t say.
Will they aggregate responses and display average/median scores for individual members’ top three skills, or all their skills?
They didn’t say.
The LinkedIn Star Ratings Look Like a Beta
I’m curious to know if anyone else has run into this rating system?
I see it when I’m giving skills endorsements on my phone, but I don’t see it when I’m using my laptop for endorsements.
I can’t find anything about the star rating screens on LinkedIn Help.
LinkedIn has added a new page about “data collection” to its Help section here (update May 2018).
I haven’t seen a LinkedIn announcement about star ratings.
Like all new things LinkedIn, they’ll either roll it out or shut it down. Or both.
How Can LinkedIn Star Ratings Help/Hurt You?
In the meantime:
- If any new endorsements concern you, learn about your options here.
- If someone loves you, definitely ask them to endorse you via their mobile!
- Decide if you want to allow/prohibit endorsements on your profile (more here).
Then use your Linkedin mobile app to give a friend/colleague a private Sally Field moment:
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Updated August 2018.
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