Freelancers' Questions: Are LinkedIn recommendations worthwhile?

Freelancer’s Question: Whether I put them on my new website or my personal LinkedIn page; aren’t ‘recommendations’ or ‘testimonials’ just pointless as won’t people just think that I got my friends to write them?

Expert’s Answer: If a recommendation is written by someone with little credibility with little thought given to the content then yes, I agree, they can be pointless. But LinkedIn tells us that you are three times more likely to be contacted about a career opportunity if you include ‘good’ recommendations on your profile.

So if the recommendation is written by someone credible and the content is well thought-out and authentic, then it can be a very powerful tool. In general, I think it’s fair to assume the person with 20 recommendations must be doing something right and would be favoured over the person who has none.

In future, and if you can, try to get a 360-degree portfolio for each contract from a boss / client, a fellow freelancer, a stakeholder and a subordinate. If people you work with are consistently saying positive things about you, then one would assume you are pretty good at what you do! And regarding all your professional profiles, I would recommend lifting a couple of really stand-out recommendations from LinkedIn or your website and incorporating them into your CV. But here’s a golden tip -- put them right at the end of your CV and ensure they are no longer than four or five lines.

The expert was Matt Craven, founder of The CV & Interview Advisors.

Editor’s Note: Matt’s company, The CV & Interview Advisors will be sharing many more top tips for freelancing success in a FREE webinar on LinkedIn and networking for contractors and freelancers. Register now to find out how to write a great LinkedIn profile and use networking strategies to win more work in the freelance and contractor jobs market. The webinar will take place on 9th May at 7.15pm.Click here to find out more.


27th April 2016

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