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Endorsements - How well does LinkedIn know you?

When was the last time you looked at your LinkedIn profile? Have you been endorsed for a skill that isn’t a major part of what you do or has someone congratulated you on your work anniversary?

Increasingly LinkedIn appears to be using the information on your profile to engage your connections. This may not be a problem but what if it is picking up skills that you don’t have or no longer use?

LinkedIn is now picking up the month you started your current job to suggest your connections wish you Happy Work Anniversary. Personally I don’t have a problem and it’s a nice human touch. It’s also fact.

Every conversation I’ve had about Social Media lately has been about endorsements. There are people like me who have been endorsed by people they have never met, let alone worked for, as well as being endorsed for skills that they don’t have or rarely use.
It would be ok if LinkedIn suggested the skills that you list but it seems they are selecting skills to suggest to your connections that are completely random. This week I accepted some endorsements and I was then presented some suggestions of people I could endorse. Imagine my surprise to be asked to endorse people I know well, for skills they don’t have. This also explained some of the endorsements I’ve received for skills that I haven’t listed on my profile. So what can you do?

  • You don’t have to accept endorsements for skills you don’t have or use.
  • You can select your own skills and stick to accepting only endorsements for those skills.
  • You can hide people who endorse you that you don’t know.
  • Keep your profile updated with relevant information

I’m not sure this will completely solve the issue but it will give you back some control of your profile.


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