LinkedIn Recommendations

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In the last post, I had promised you about sharing tips on writing a stellar LinkedIn recommendation for your colleague, boss, or batch mate. There are some great things you want to write in recommendation note for them; but when you sit down to frame it, it becomes a pain. Here in this blog, I am going to share few great tips on wring recommendation that will make your contact stand out without sounding fake.

LinkedIn Recommendations


  • Start with a knockout line

Start with a line that would grab reader’s attention (recruiters or customers to be precise) describing how awesome the person for whom you are writing this recommendation is.

What not to do: Avoid phrases like ‘one of the best’ or ‘one of my favorite employees’, as these words might be strong but are less qualified and have lost their real value due to over usage. So don’t pick superlative terms in describing the person.

Sample Reference: You may use terms like:

  • It’s rare that you come across standout talent like (name of the person).
  • Ridiculously efficient’ is the phrase that comes to mind when I think about (name of the person).
  • Few people have the opportunity to report to a manager who is also a coach and mentor—but I did when I worked for (name of the person).


  • Talk about your relationship with the person
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Readers reading your recommendation would want to know why you are qualified to write recommendation. So talk about how you know the person-your reporting relationship, and for how much time have you been working together (or have worked in the past).

What not to do: Don’t talk about any negative connection. Also, LinkedIn would show your name, company and job profile, so don’t waste your words on describing these.

Sample Reference: You may use terms like:

  • I had the pleasure of working with (name of the person) for (number of years) at the (Company name), collaborating on several project teams.
  • I hired (name of the person) as a (designation) in (year) after seeing his work portfolio, and he’s completed seven flawless projects for me since then.


  • Mention the standout skill/trait

There might be many qualities in the person whom you are recommending; but focus only on the traits which he do better than anything else. Your recommendation should be relevant and focused upon what makes him stand out.  Also, you may ask the person what skills does he want you to focus upon, because there is a possibility that he was working at organizational level with you but now needs to get into managerial role so want you to frame your recommendation accordingly.

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What not to do: Avoid being generic, do not talk about any random thing. Recommendations are asked for a purpose, make sure if you are bothering to write something for them, it should be helpful for them.

Sample Reference: You may use terms like:

  • I was particularly impressed by (name of the person)’s ability to handle even the toughest clients—and effortlessly. That skill often takes years to develop among customer service professionals, but it seemed to come perfectly naturally to him.
  • (Name of the person)’s ability to cope with multiple projects was unlike any I’ve seen before. It was usually because of this skill that he could make a remarkable difference in the efficiency level of our team.

So here I have discussed about 3 most crucial aspects of writing a LinkedIn recommendation for your friend/colleague/boss. Stay tuned to The Career Muse Blog, as I will soon come up with more on this.

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