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Old 25.01.2016, 20:41
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Endorsements on linkedin -- Why?

Ok I get the idea that I look great with all these endorsements .. But what does it do for the person who endorsed me?

I frequently get an email from LinkedIn to tell me that some random colleague or other from 10 years ago has endorsed me for my UNIX skills or something.

So I'm guessing there's something in it for them? They probably can't even remember what i look like never mind my UNIX skills.

You can guess that I don't often use LinkedIn and I've never endorsed anybody
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Old 25.01.2016, 20:59
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Re: Endorsements on linkedin -- Why?

Recruitment agencies use the info when seeking out applicants to put forward for new roles. That's how we ended up in Switzerland.

My OH had frozen his profile with the recruitment agencies because he was happy with his UK job, but we got a call whilst on holiday in Greece from a recruiter asking if my OH would be interested in working in Switzerland again, as they could see from Linkedin that he'd worked here before. They'd looked at the profiles of other people they'd succesfully placed in roles, and read through the people they'd endorsed to find suitable applicants.
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Old 25.01.2016, 21:11
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Re: Endorsements on linkedin -- Why?

I understand all that stuff ok .. But I still don't see what the endorser gets out of it?
Self satisfaction? Anything? Does it it somehow make them look better? Do they think they are helping me?


Example .. Say I worked with you 10 years ago, we are both on LinkedIn.. We've never seen each other since and we lost contact a long time ago, we were never even that close.

What motivates you to endorse me for something?


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Recruitment agencies use the info when seeking out applicants to put forward for new roles. That's how we ended up in Switzerland.

My OH had frozen his profile with the recruitment agencies because he was happy with his UK job, but we got a call whilst on holiday in Greece from a recruiter asking if my OH would be interested in working in Switzerland again, as they could see from Linkedin that he'd worked here before. They'd looked at the profiles of other people they'd succesfully placed in roles, and read through the people they'd endorsed to find suitable applicants.
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Old 25.01.2016, 21:17
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I understand all that stuff ok .. But I still don't see what the endorser gets out of it?
Self satisfaction? Anything? Does it it somehow make them look better? Do they think they are helping me?


Example .. Say I worked with you 10 years ago, we are both on LinkedIn.. We've never seen each other since and we lost contact a long time ago, we were never even that close.

What motivates you to endorse me for something?
It's all about networking isn't it? Goodwill? That and by endorsing someone you show you know something about their field of expertise and that is also a reflection on you.
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Old 25.01.2016, 21:57
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Re: Endorsements on linkedin -- Why?

Recommendation in linkedin is much more useful than this "endorsement"-function. As it tells that someone really took the time and effort to write about the skills or personality.
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Old 25.01.2016, 22:19
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Re: Endorsements on linkedin -- Why?

I find it a useful metric, espcially when powered by enough endorsements. You can instantly see what a person does best without having to wade through lines and lines of text.



P.S in the example above I haven't got a clue what the person does, but it sounds important
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Old 25.01.2016, 22:26
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What motivates you to endorse me for something?
They endorse you in the hopes you will endorse them back.
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Old 25.01.2016, 22:39
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They endorse you in the hopes you will endorse them back.
I bet you're the type of person who's also into facebook likes.

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Old 25.01.2016, 22:51
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I find it a useful metric, espcially when powered by enough endorsements. You can instantly see what a person does best without having to wade through lines and lines of text.



P.S in the example above I haven't got a clue what the person does, but it sounds important
So, all I need(ed) to do is make sure I have drunk enough coffees / had enough lunches with colleagues to enable a good amount of pics?

Have had this 'recommendation' offered to me a few times and rejected it, but see now that maybe have been a bad idea.
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Old 25.01.2016, 22:54
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Re: Endorsements on linkedin -- Why?

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P.S in the example above I haven't got a clue what the person does, but it sounds important
If the normal endorsement behaviour model applies, this guy is doing content marketing.
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Old 25.01.2016, 23:18
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Ok I get the idea that I look great with all these endorsements .. But what does it do for the person who endorsed me?

I frequently get an email from LinkedIn to tell me that some random colleague or other from 10 years ago has endorsed me for my UNIX skills or something.

So I'm guessing there's something in it for them? They probably can't even remember what i look like never mind my UNIX skills.

You can guess that I don't often use LinkedIn and I've never endorsed anybody
Basically it's because LinkedIn, being the spammy networking site that it is, occasionally slaps the Endorsement thing at the top of your page with pre-selected boxed for you to easily click, especially when you add a contact. Many people do it out of habit based on the fact that it is right in front of them, and I get endorsements from people who have no clue whether I'm good at that stuff or not. It's pretty meaningless imo.
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Re: Endorsements on linkedin -- Why?

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I understand all that stuff ok .. But I still don't see what the endorser gets out of it?
Self satisfaction? Anything? Does it it somehow make them look better? Do they think they are helping me?


Example .. Say I worked with you 10 years ago, we are both on LinkedIn.. We've never seen each other since and we lost contact a long time ago, we were never even that close.

What motivates you to endorse me for something?
Isn't it logical that the person is waiting you to endorse back?
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Old 26.01.2016, 13:53
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Re: Endorsements on linkedin -- Why?

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isn't it logical that the person is waiting you to endorse back?
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