What are the Chances a Recruiter Will Find You on LinkedIn? Double them.

September 30, 2011 at 3:30 pm Leave a comment

This is the simplest way I know to get better results from LinkedIn:

Get recommendations for each position you’ve held.

I’ve noticed that many candidates have more recommendations for their recent experience than for older positions. Makes sense, since many have just come to LinkedIn in recent years.

But, having just one recommendation for a position doubles its relevance to the LinkedIn search engine used by recruiters to find candidates.

It’s also important to note that, while multiple recommendations mean a lot to the human eye, they do not affect LinkedIn’s algorithm.

When you ask someone for a recommendation, be sure to help them out by guiding them as to what you’d like them to speak about. This will also help you maintain a unified brand in your LinkedIn account. An sample communication could look like this:


Hi Bob,

I’m working on spiffing up [or “optimizing”, depending on how well you know Bob] my LinkedIn account, and I wonder if you would feel comfortable writing a recommendation.

I’m targeting startup companies for my next move, so if you could talk about my talents in both sales and technology implementation (because I may have to wear more than one hat) and/or my ability to meet or beat spending targets while still delivering high quality systems, I’d appreciate it. [Make sure whatever you ask of them is realistic given your performance and their understanding of your work.]

If you need more guidance, feel free to let me know. I’d like to make it as easy for you as possible. And, as always, I’m here to help you in any way I can. Don’t hesitate to reach out.

My best,



If you’d like to know a lot more about optimizing your LinkedIn account, I highly recommend the DVD LinkedIn for Job Seekers, by Jason Alba. You can order it here.

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