LinkedIn is one of the most useful professional networking site when someone is looking for job, finding out business partner or finding out sales lead. Networking helps for anybody. It is not necessarily useful for businessmen. Even professionals today need to build their network for career progression. One has to meet the right kind of people at the right time.
LinkedIn has number of features like recommendation, sending inmail to people who are not directly connected with you, endorsements etc. Some are paid services. Asking for recommendation/giving recommendation is a free service. One can boost the career by getting the best recommendations on LinkedIn.
Linkedin recommendation is a wonderful feature as it tells more about the person. It tells more about his/her ability and attitude which is necessary for building professional relationship.
Writing recommendations for a person with whom you have worked is easy. But writing good recommendations is not an easy task. If one has to write good recommendation then first the person should understand about the ultimate objective of the person who wants the recommendation.
Does he wants the recommendation for a particular skill set or he wants a general recommendation. Who is going to be his/her target audience? Why he/she wants the recommendation from specific set of people? Once all this is understood then it becomes easy to write recommendation.
A recommendation should be clear and concise. It should highlight specific individual traits or skill sets which will help the individual in reaching towards the ultimate goal. A generalized recommendation is not much helpful. Suppose a short brief about the project and the challenges involved in it are mentioned and how the contribution of the recommended person helped is given then it adds much more value. But If someone mentions specific details about a particular project or work then accurate details about it should be mentioned in the recommendation.
The recommendation should look professional in terms of language. Most importantly it should be genuine. One should never write false recommendation. It may put the reputation of the person who is recommending at stake. The recommendation feature was added to give personal touch. It is important to get qualitative feedback about an individual to develop any professional relationship. So the recommendation should address it.
Recommendation should be given about a person whom you know personally and have worked with. The recommended person should be first degree connection. The recommendations lasts forever on the profile of the person. So that it should also be kept in mind while recommending.
Some good examples of recommendation – Pankaj and I worked together at XYZ company. He was Liasioning with me and was representing the market research department. His knowledge about consumer trends, competition and market helped us a lot in creating good sales pitch. His knowledge about the industry is impeccable. He is a sort of a guy on whom one can rely for any sort of complex marketing issues. He will be a good asset for any company that he joins.