ARE YOUR ENDORSEMENTS IN LINKEDIN ADDING VALUE?
Lately I’ve been receiving endorsements on my LinkedIn profile for various skills I have identified on my personal profile. Fantastic, you might say! Well actually, no, it’s not and I’ll tell you why. I’ve been endorsed by a number of people for my skill in budgets as an example. Now I think I do have a skill in this area, in fact I’d almost go so far as to say I’m proud of my ability around financial management.
But half of the people who have endorsed me for budget skills don’t even know what I can do in this area.
Why is this a problem? From the perspective of an HR and Recruitment company, this random abuse of endorsing skills is undermining the credibility of the information on personal profiles. LinkedIn recently introduced this ability to endorse the skills of people you are connected with. In theory this is a good idea and should strengthen personal profiles and make for rich information that recruiters can search on. But if people endorse the skills of others when they have limited knowledge of specific abilities – the credibility of this information becomes questionable.
But as a post note, thank you very much to the people who have endorsed me for the skills they know I have. I appreciate your support!
Have you been endorsed for skills by people who don’t know your skills well enough?
by Julie Baxendine