NETWORKING / MAR. 15, 2015
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If LinkedIn Skill Endorsements Were Honest - Infographic

LinkedIn skill endorsements are a great way to recognise your colleagues for the skills that really make them stand out. By endorsing a first degree connection, you help your contacts build a professional brand and in turn help yourself keep strong connections with your network. However, not everything is bright with skill endorsements. What if people endorse you for the skills that do not matter to you? Who can guarantee that these endorsements are objective and come from persons that really know you are capable of doing something? LinkedIn endorsements are, hence, meaningless if they come from a bunch of typically blind people who click to endorse literally everyone and everything.

See also: How to Build Your Personal Brand on LinkedIn

Stacy Donovan Zapar, a recruiting veteran and CEO of Tenfold Social Training, a training/consulting company for recruiters and hiring teams highlights the good, the bad and the ugly side of LinkedIn endorsements and, in doing so, introduces a typology of the LinkedIn endorsement seeker according to her experience: the Beggar, the Stranger, the Open Endorser, the Guilt-Tripper, and the Threatener.

Have you ever imagined how LinkedIn skills endorsements would look if they were honest? This infographic by Social Talent gives us some clues. Get ready to burst into laughter and enjoy some of the funniest real-life realities in the professional world. Do you identify with any of these skills? Please, dare to comment honestly…

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