#3. Thank people for endorsing your skills.
You’ve received an endorsement. You look at it and wonder, “Why did this person endorse me for that?” I hear this many times when I speak on the topic of LinkedIn. Here’s what I recommend…
Rather than questioning or ignoring the endorsement, reach out to the person who endorsed you. Send them a message thanking them for their endorsement. You don’t need to say “I don’t want to be endorsed for that,” but what you can say is “thanks for taking the time to endorse me. Other skills which I welcome endorsements for include…”
In addition, what I add to the message is the invitation to reciprocate. I ask that person what skills he/she would prefer to receive endorsements for.
NOTE: There’s a 13% increase in profile views for those who list skills on their profile.
Do you see a pattern here? Each of the above three options is a simple way to reach out to someone . . . have a conversation . . . begin building relationships.
Don’t Just Join – Get Involved On LinkedIn
LinkedIn is like joining a Chamber of Commerce or a trade organization. The best return on your investment (i.e., time, not just money) is when you do more than simply pay your dues. It’s about getting involved in the community.
The same holds true for LinkedIn.
Don’t put up a profile and wait for people to “bang down your door.” Get involved and engaged! These are just three ways to start doing that.
Why not begin today? If we’re not already connected on LinkedIn, start with Pointer #1 and send me a personalized invitation to connect. You’ll find me at http://linkedin.com/in/debrajason. Be sure to personalize your request so I know that you read this article here on Producers eSource.
Want to join Debra's LinkedIn network? Visit her at Debra Jason and be sure to personalize your request so she knows that you read her article here on Producers eSource.
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