Requesting LinkedIn recommendations

 In Networking & LinkedIn

A LinkedIn profile is incomplete without several recommendations that validate your skills and allow your readers to gain insight into how you communicate and deliver value at work. Consider adding recommendations to your profile on a regular basis.

1. Think about the skills you would like the recommendation to reflect and why.

  • Are you applying for a new position soon?
  • Are you targeting a specific group of clients as a consultant?
  • Would you like to have a record of successful project completion?
  • Have you worked recently with someone who was very satisfied with your services?

2. Identify the people who can recommend you.

Think of several corporate leaders, supervisors, clients, partners, or colleagues whose qualifications and roles are significant and trusted in the field.

This does not have to be the professional with the most impressive title but someone with whom you have a positive relationship and who is able to provide specific details in the recommendation.

3. Contact them after finishing a project or when you see fit.

Optional (depending on your professional relationships and your knowledge of the recommender): include work details that you would like to see reflected in the recommendation as a way of helping your recommender phrase their comment. This can include your measurable results and the skills that drove the success of the project.

4. Send the recommendation request by email.

Not all people check their LinkedIn messages often. In your email, include a link to your recommendations page.

For example:

Your recommender will see a window to fill out and follow the steps easily.

5. Use recommendation letters or feedback from past emails.

If you have recommendation letters or emails with positive feedback from your clients, corporate leaders, or colleagues, consider asking if they would be open to including this feedback in a LinkedIn recommendation.  You can paste a quote from their writing in your email to facilitate the recommendation.

6. Choose which recommendations to allow on your profile and thank your recommenders.

7. Give recommendations or suggest drafting one yourself.

Use these two options sparingly and only if the context is appropriate. You may choose to recommend someone first, and the person could reciprocate the comment. As always, be authentic. The recommendations you give are also visible on your profile.

Very occasionally, you can offer (or may be asked) to draft the recommendation that you will then ask the recommender to edit (or ignore): “I know how busy you are, and I’ll be glad to send some of my notes for a draft recommendation, which you can amend or disregard entirely.”

While I would not necessarily recommend this approach, it can be used if you know that the person is willing to recommend you but does not enjoy writing or has no time for it. Some recommenders may ask you to send them notes. If so, be authentic and provide specific examples of your skills and accomplishments.


About the author:

Tanya Mykhaylychenko is a professional resume writer with a background in content writing, university teaching, and IT staffing. She is a member of Editors Canada and Career Professionals of Canada. For more information, please visit

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