How to ask for a LinkedIn Recommendation

Did you know LinkedIn rewards those that engage with their platform fully? Did you know that the more COMPLETE your profile is - the more LinkedIn makes you visible in the algorithm? Part of that is LinkedIn recommendations - and LinkedIn REWARDS those who have more than THREE.

So then who should you ask for a recommendation? and when? And how?

When I work with clients, I ask them to think of who in their previous roles would have the most GLOWING things to say about them? You might typically think a recommendation needs to come from your boss but not necessarily. Some people are really hesitant to ask someone at their work for a recommendation, in case it is perceived they are looking like the are job searching, but I think it’s all in the approach and context of how you ask.


Peer to peer recommendations are great – they tell the reader a lot about what it is like to work with you, or key projects that you played a part in. They also operate really nicely to build your reputation - having said that a Hiring Manager or Recruiter will be looking for recommendations from someone you reported into, or a senior stakeholder as it does carry weight so make sure you have or are building to a variety of recommendations.

So, who could you ask?

✅A senior stakeholder that you worked closely with

✅A customer or client that you delivered EXCEPTIONAL service to

✅A team member that reported into you

✅Someone you mentored

✅A Mentor to you


Ideally you should ask for recommendations when you are fresh in that person’s mind, but if a bit of time has passed that is OK too!

I usually use one of two approaches when requesting a recommendation.

1. Reach out with a bit of a refresher maybe on a project you did together, and a graceful message asking for some feedback on how you positively contributed – I have never had someone decline this request! And always offer to return the favour!

2. Directly after a positive project, reach out requesting a recommendation using the section in your profile, again ask gracefully and always offer to return the favour.

You should always ensure that you add meaningful and thoughtful feedback for someone, not just a generic message. You can view other profiles to get inspiration on how you might structure your review, but think about attributes or experiences you have had with that person that has genuinely made them stay in your mind. The more meaningful your recommendations are the more you get in return!

I would LOVE to hear how you go - for more details on LinkedIn training and strategies - contact me now!

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