01 December 2022

How to request a LinkedIn recommendation

How to request a LinkedIn recommendation

There are many places a potential employers checks before hiring someone, one of those spaces is LinkedIn. Referrals and references provide an employer with a third party ‘stamp of approval’ for your work experience and ethic, and validate a decision to move forward with a talent choice.

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:

  • Navigate to the profile of the 1st-degree connection you’d like to recommend.
  • Click the More button in the introduction section.
  • Select  Recommend.
  • Fill out the Relationship and Position at the time fields of the recommendations pop-up window, and click Next.
  • Write your recommendation in the message field and click Send.