[2023] Best LinkedIn Recommendation Examples: How to write LinkedIn Endorsements?

Best LinkedIn Recommendation Examples: How to write LinkedIn Endorsements?

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Adding a LinkedIn recommendation can greatly enhance your profile and help you stand out from other candidates. If you’ve worked closely with someone in a professional capacity, be sure to ask them to endorse your profile by writing a short, positive recommendation. This might be the difference between landing that top job or being passed over completely.

If you want to get more recommendations for your own page, one of the best ways to do this is to actually give some. One of the best ways to get a recommendation is by giving someone else a recommendation, so be sure to think carefully about who you make one for.

How to post a LinkedIn recommendation?

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  1. Go to the profile of the person you are recommending
  2. Scroll down and click on Recommendations at the bottom of the page
  3. Click on “Recommend this person” under his/her name and type a message that describes your relationship with him/her and why he/she should be given a recommendation
  4. When you have finished, click on “Post” to complete writing the recommendation
  5. Check the “Profile Activity” section of the profile of the person you are recommending to see if he/she accepts your recommendation
  6. Click on “Remove” or “Change” if you need to submit a different recommendation or make changes to your original recommendation
  7. When you have finished, click on “Post” to complete posting recommendations.

5 simple steps to write the perfect LinkedIn recommendation

Turn that blank screen into a recommendation that will show your colleagues just how brilliant you are. Follow these simple steps, and you’ll be sure to impress them!

1. Start with a standout line that catches your colleagues’ attention
2. Explain how you and the person you’re recommending are connected

3. Highlight any standout traits or skills they share
4. Add personality – let your colleagues know you enjoyed doing business with them, and why they should too!
5. Finish off your recommendation with a statement of support – let them know you believe in their ability to succeed on LinkedIn

Before asking for a LinkedIn recommendation

LinkedIn is the most significant business-related social network, with over 250 million active users per month. It’s also a social network widely used for sales purposes. Unfortunately, a LinkedIn profile won’t be able to properly promote you if it contains only a professional headline, an “about me” section, and one or two work experience lines. With that in mind, I hope this article will help you better understand what’s the best way to ask for recommendations from your colleagues on LinkedIn with our bonus LinkedIn recommendation examples.

The site’s native tools, such as Sales Navigator and Lead Generation, are used to read a user’s profile. Therefore, it is essential to add quality content to LinkedIn. This is your chance to show that you’re qualified and have a great background by using Linkedin.
Here is a list of what’s important for a great Linkedin profile:

  1. The Summary
    The summary is a sentence or two about your skills, experience, and potential in a very concise manner. The summary should be unique.
  2. The Experience
    Feel free to describe your experiences as an infographic or a checklist. Linkedin defines experience as:  “A professional’s competence, training, and accomplishments.” Also, you can use tools such as Klout and Vitocean to measure the reputation of an expert and suggest what kind of recognition he/she has received.
  3. The Skills
    The skills section should include a list of your skilled products and ways to describe how you mastered them. It will also show what kinds of goals you’re working toward shortly.
  4. The Education
    The education section is where you can present your degrees, diplomas, and certifications. It’s better to post the institution’s official logos.
  5. The Organizations
    If you are a part of any organization or association, it’s better to present those in an infographic, bullet point list, or chart. Also, you should include the roles and tasks that you performed there.
  6. Recommendations
    This is an important section. It will show your colleagues, employers, and clients what kind of professional you are!
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Linkedin Profile Breakdown

Above is an example of a good LinkedIn profile. Make sure to optimize your LinkedIn profile, before you ask for a linkedin recommendation.

What is a LinkedIn recommendation?


A recommendation is a communication between two users who have connections on LinkedIn. Your recommendation might be connected to your best employee, your manager, or any person who has the same background as you do. It’s a way to let others know that you are the right person for their next job or project. It also means they’ll be able to find out more about you and how they can work with you if they want to.


For example, in the world of LinkedIn, there are 2 types of recommendations: Endorsements and Recommendations. The difference between them is simple:

  1. Endorsements are recommended by your connections and are meant to present your skills, experience, and projects. They are connected to an individual’s profile and do not represent actual communication with the person they are recommended to. Endorsements can be written by other members of LinkedIn.
  2. Recommendations are made only after a user has received one or more recommendations from other LinkedIn users, or when a LinkedIn member accepts the recommendation request of another member of the site.

How to request a LinkedIn recommendation

First of all, let’s see how to request a recommendation and later the LinkedIn recommendation examples that can be used:

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  1. Go to a LinkedIn user’s profile.
  2. Click on the message icon at the top right of their profile and choose “Request recommendation.”
  3. Type a custom message to engage your network about how you know each other and why you feel he/she deserves a recommendation.
  4. Send it!
    Here are some LinkedIn recommendation examples that can be used when requesting a recommendation:
  • “Your insights into A, B, and C were helpful to me when I was working on the X project. Please help me in presenting that experience so I can demonstrate my abilities to a potential employer. “
  • “I requested this recommendation because of your expertise in X, Y, and Z. Can you also recommend  Z for me? I’m looking for a new opportunity as well. “
  • “Please help me out with my request for a recommendation. I want to demonstrate my experience working on the X project. Kindly provide me with the best person who has worked on the same project. I would highly appreciate your support on this matter. “
  • “Our team worked effectively on X project. I have witnessed that you have done an excellent job. Kindly provide me with the best person who has worked on the same project. I would highly appreciate your support on this matter. “

People usually request recommendations and use the default message that LinkedIn offers, but allowing a personal message can increase your chance of getting more responses. Use a text expander to store some personalized templates that you can use over and over again.  Here are a few ideas that you can use to make your recommendation request:
 A Thank you for your work.
 An update on a project or task that the two of you were working on together.
 A request to recommend someone else in addition to yourself.
 An update on a project or task that the two of you were working on together.
Some LinkedIn profiles will display a “Send an InMail” button; if so, it means that the person allows LinkedIn members.

LinkedIn’s recommendation examples that work every time

WhoRequest ContentWhy
You were manager“Hi [Firstname], I was managing the team that worked on the X project. It was a great experience for me and my team, and we achieved  Y. Please help me out in presenting that experience to potential employers. This can only be done if you provide me with your recommendations.”By giving this content, you are showing how manager you are and how your team achieved something bigger than usual for them (X project).
You were an analystHi [Firstname], I invited you to join the Y project. It was a great experience for me and my team, and we achieved  Z. Do you have any recommendations for this project? I’m looking for a new opportunity as well.If a conversation is going nowhere, then instead of asking him/her directly to recommend you, let him/her know that they are not engaged in the conversation by giving them some content.
Your boss“Hi [Firstname], I was looking for your recommendations on the X project. It was a great experience for me and my team, and we achieved  Y. Please help me in presenting that experience to potential employers.”If your request is about your former boss, then you can let him/her know by saying that “I’m looking for my first job after graduation” or “I’m planning to change my job”
Worked in the same group“I’ve worked with [firstname] since we were interns. We worked on the X project. I supervised you because you were very good at doing Y. I want to recommend you for this job.”You are showing your experience and that you are familiar with his/her work by showing a few examples of what he/she has done before.
Worked together but in the different groups“I work with [firstname] on [workgroup]. He/She is an expert in  X. I know that you are good at doing  Y. I want to recommend you for this job.”You are showing your experience working together and that you have a good rapport with each other.
You and your mutual friends recommend each other“Hi [firstname], as we both are recommended by our mutual friend(s), I would like to ask for your recommendations as well.”The recommendation from mutual friends adds more weight to your request.

Sending a Thanks After LinkedIn Recommendation

This is the time to offer thanks for the recommendation (if you haven’t already). Even if you’re not interested in continuing to work with that person, it’s polite to thank them for their time. If you’re a member of their professional network, you can even go further and talk about the value their recommendation will have for your new role. Receiving recommendations is just as important as giving them, so you should immediately thank your recommender when they submit your request to LinkedIn. If you can play a part in making the process easier for them, do it! Maybe there are some documents or additional information you can provide to help give them a head start on writing your recommendation.

You should also consider following up with your recommender after they’ve submitted their recommendation. 

Let’s look at a few ways to thank people after getting a recommendation:

  • [Name], Much appreciated your recommendation.
    I’d love to repay your kindness. If you ever need a recommendation, I’ll be happy to tell people how great it was to work with you at [company].
    Cheers,
    [Your name]
  • Thanks for the great recommendation, [Name].
    I’ve had the pleasure of working with you this year. It was a real pleasure to work with you on [X project], and I learned a lot from you. I hope we can work together next time.
    I’m looking forward to working with you on [Y project].
  • Thank you so much for your recommendation! It’s a real pleasure to know that we have worked together. I’m excited about working with you on [Z project].
    Keep up the great work!
  • Thank you for the opportunity to work with us. It was a pleasure to work with you, and we look forward to working together again. Cheers!
  • I am deeply thankful for your recommendation, and I’m excited about joining your team and working on [Z project]. Continue doing great work! Thanks a lot!

Few tips while writing a LinkedIn Recommendation

  1. Start with a hook
    A good testimonial must be a little different from the rest of your writing. It should grab the reader’s attention. The best way to do this is to start with an anecdote or quote that shows your skills or personality.
  2. Give details
    Instead of a paragraph that tries to describe you in one sweeping generalization, have a few paragraphs: the first focused on describing yourself, the second focused on why you love working for this company so much, and the third focused on listing some of your accomplishments at this company.
  3. Use a few vivid examples
    If the reference you are writing about is a CEO, don’t just write that you were assigned to her business unit. Instead, tell us how she asked you to lead a project and how she promoted you because of your work on that project.
  4. Have an action step.
    After writing all this, use some important sentences like: “Please get in touch if there’s anything else I can do for you. I’ll be happy to help!”
  5. Brand yourself.
    Don’t forget to mention your name! Remember, you are writing this for your career, not for your community. If you want to mention a mentor or role model, do so when it occurs naturally in the conversation. But don’t force it on people. Nobody likes that!
  6. The endgame
    I have talked about a strategy for writing a beautiful testimonial but also what we do after we have written one. This is an important part of making a good impression on your references. Your reference will remember who sent you the testimonial and how many people added their names to it. If you have an idea for a solution for your reference, why not take advantage of it?
    For example, if I were Joseph, you could follow up with him with a question like: “Joe, Thank you so much for sending this recommendation. I’ve attached a few other people, who I think would be great additions to your business. Can you please write testimonials for them?”
  7. One last thing
    Just like you experiment with articles before publishing one to see what works and what doesn’t, do the same with your LinkedIn Testimonials and endorsements. Once you have written a few of them, take a look at the stats for each of them and see which ones have gotten more endorsements and more views: copy those successful ones, tweak them, and repeat the process.

Templates for LinkedIn Recommendation

Let’s look at a few LinkedIn recommendation examples for a different relationship.

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You managed the personI worked with [name] when I was with [company X]. We were a team of about 40 people who were in charge of sales and marketing for the southeast region. You led the team and made sure all members worked as a cohesive unit to achieve our goals. Your practical approach to problem-solving was a great asset to our team.
You managed the person in a different companyI worked with [name] at [company X] when we were part of [company Y]. You were the Director of Inbound Sales and Marketing and your region was in charge of sales for the southeast region. Your practical approach to problem-solving was a great asset to our team as well as your leadership skills.
You are a current employee but supervised by a different personI am currently working with [name] and I am very satisfied with my work environment. I supervised [name] when she was first hired as a contractor and she quickly became one of the most productive people in our company. Her counting on you and your guidance has been key to {product name}’s a continued success.
You were personally trained by a personI worked with [name] who is one of the most admired business consultants in the industry. As part of my training, I was personally assigned as one of her direct reports and helped {product name} achieve its objectives. I was so impressed by [name]’s leadership and management skills, that I am now considering a career switch to become a consultant myself.
You interviewed someone and gave them a jobI am very grateful that you were the one who interviewed me and gave me my first job out of college. Please feel free to get in touch if there’s anything I can do for you. I’ll be happy to help!
You are a friend, colleague or personal trainer of the personI know [name] through mutual friends, who have always spoken very highly of his consulting abilities. I can’t say enough good things about [name] and I’m looking forward to working with him
You are a direct report of the personYou and I met when I was hired as your assistant. You were so helpful in showing me the ropes. Now that I have been promoted to a supervisory position, my goal is to watch you take off and succeed, just like you did for me!
You work for a competitor/frenemyI worked for [name] for about a year, who’s my friend and who is currently in charge of our company’s product line. I will miss him. However, I am looking forward to working at [company X] and competing with you guys!
They were a clientI had the opportunity to work for [name] as a consultant and was very happy with his approach to problem-solving. To this day, my goal is to be like him.

Benefits of writing a LinkedIn recommendation to a colleague:

  1. Endorsements are useful for recruiting purposes and demonstrate your knowledge, experience, capabilities and enthusiasm.
  2. Recommendations are an effective way to advertise your career progression and set yourself apart from other candidates for a particular role in a company or industry.
  3. If you have the choice of two people applying for a job, it makes sense to use recommendations, as they are more powerful than endorsements from just two people.
  4. The number of recommendations you have is a measure of your industry experience and reputation. It will give others the impression that you are an expert in the field, and that people will want to work with you.
  5. Recommendations are easier to implement than endorsements, as it only takes a few seconds for a LinkedIn member to accept or reject them.
  6. The visibility of your recommendations depends on the LinkedIn member’s interests and whether they have been recommended before by other users.
  7. Endorsements are useful for recruiting purposes and demonstrate your knowledge, experience, capabilities and enthusiasm.
  8. Recommendations are an effective way to advertise your career progression and set yourself apart from other candidates for a particular role in a company or industry.
  9. If you have the choice of two people applying for a job, it makes sense to use recommendations, as they are more powerful than endorsements from just two people.
  10. The number of recommendations you have is a measure of your industry experience and reputation. It will give others the impression that you are an expert in the field, and that people will want to work with you.
  11. Recommendations are easier to implement than endorsements, as it only takes a few seconds for a LinkedIn member to accept or reject them.
  12. The visibility of your recommendations depends on the LinkedIn member’s interests and whether they have been recommended before by other users.

Conclusion for LinkedIn Recommendation Examples

Remember, the best endorsements are honest, specific, and relevant. Don’t hesitate to ask that your references point out what they liked about your work most and why they felt it was so valuable.
The importance of positive LinkedIn recommendations cannot be overstated when it comes to career development and job hunting.
Let’s go over a few key points we talked about in the article:

  1. The best LinkedIn recommendations are honest, specific, and relevant.
  2. The best endorsements tell stories that reflect the way you worked with the person recommending you, which is why it’s important to ask your references to share their favourite story about working with you.
  3. If a recommendation is not specific enough, be sure to follow up and ask for more details on the comments that weren’t detailed enough for your liking.
  4. Always ask for permission before providing a reference or having them formally endorse your work publicly on LinkedIn.
    The order of information in a LinkedIn recommendation is critical since it’s the first thing people read when they click on your profile or an endorsement you’ve received from someone else’s profile.

The order of information in a LinkedIn recommendation is critical since it’s the first thing people read when they click on your profile or an endorsement you’ve received from someone else’s profile.

Start with your first Linkedin recommendation today!

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