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.


  1. Thanks, I like the option of hiding, but agree with you. In the end, the "real" endorsements will still shine even if some folks endorse without first-hand knowledge. However, I follow the practice of only endorsing contacts and skills that I have specific knowledge even if they endorse me (which I assume is really an erroneous endorsement).

  2. Thanks for the great tip, Brenda!

    May all your gardens grow,