Recommendations are a casual, authentic extension of this, and a way that you can gain that validation before someone has even requested it.
But how do you get one on your profile? And what’s the right way to ask a manager or colleague to provide that stamp of approval? Let’s break it down.
Who to ask
Anyone can give a recommendation, in-fact it’s fantastic to have recommendations from colleagues, managers and even direct reports — this variety shows that you work well with everyone at each level. But a great place to start is with your current or previous manager or supervisor.
When to ask
You don’t need to have finished up with a company or in a role to ask for a recommendation, in-fact the best time to ask is when you are with the company and seeing your colleague or manager regularly. It is important to note that you should only ask for a recommendation from someone that you have had a good working relationship with and who would vouch for your performance.
How to ask
The key is to make it super simple for them to say ‘yes’. Be courteous and professional and acknowledge that particularly if they are a manager, they will be busy and their time is precious. One way to make the process easier for them, is to write the recommendation draft for them and offer for them to amend as much as they like. Provide them context as to why you are looking for a recommendation — perhaps you’re looking to build out your LinkedIn, or become more of an active participant in your personal brand. If you are leaving a role, you can advise what a fantastic experience and opportunity this role has been and that you would love their well wishes moving forward your career.
Provide them with instructions on how
Be sure to include instructions in your request on how to physically provide the recommendation: