Friday, February 15, 2013

Editing a Recommendation

Another question from a network contact and my response.

Q:  I wonder if you can help me with a request from someone I endorsed. They would like me to edit something I wrote (spelling error and some terminology.) But I don't know how to edit an endorsement. Can you help?

A:  It sounds like they are referring to a recommendation. Endorsements only involve a click and no text. 

Here's how to edit it.  

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Adding Board Affiliations to Experience

A friend asked me this question today and I'd like to share my response.
Q: Our 2013 board chair was trying to select the (organization name) as one of his affiliations on LinkedIn. The only (organization name) that appeared in the drop down menu was (organization name in a different state). Even though we have a group for our chamber, do I need to register the organization somewhere else to make this appear?

Please let me know.
A: Yes, you will need to add your organization name to the list of employers within your experience section. To do so, you (or somebody with your organization name in their email address, ex will need to add your organization as a new company on your profile in "Experience" in order for you or your board members to add your organization to their "Experience" section on your profiles.
Note: follow the link "To add a position."

Also, if you have not already done so, be sure to add a "Company" listing for your organization on LinkedIn, too.

My Company's Page (example):

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Those Pesky Endorsements

A friend asked me this question today:

Q: How do I get my name to stop coming up for people to endorse on Linked In? They are endorsing me for things I don’t even do!

A: I did some poking around on LinkedIn, and here's what I've found as a workaround. It appears you CAN hide endorsements, either selectively (a lot of manual work to do this) or hide ALL endorsements (which is what I would suggest, if you're not a fan of the pesky endorsements on your profile).

  1. Log into your LinkedIn Account.
  2. Click to "Edit Profile."
  3. Scroll down to "Skills & Expertise."
  4. You can follow the link to "Manage Endorsements" if you want to take the selective approach, and review endorsements per skill area. Here you can deselect showing the endorsement from a specific connection, or delete the skill entirely, if you wish.
  5. OR, you can hover over the drop-down area next to "Display your endorsements?" and select "No, do not show my endorsements."

Personally, I'm a fan of LinkedIn endorsements, since they help to showcase on my profile which skills and expertise my connections think I'm strong in. However, not everyone shares my feelings about endorsements though.

Hope that helped. Please share and encourage your network to read and comment on this blog. If it's useful, I'll add tips like these more often.