Best LinkedIn Recommendation Samples

How to write a LinkedIn recommendation quickly, in less than 5 minutes?
Steps to write a perfect LinkedIn recommendation in less than 5 minutes:

  1. Get the attention of the reader
  2. State your authority in recommending
  3. Describe unique values and strengths
  4. Personal and emotional touch
  5. Close it with a strong end statement
    … read further to see LinkedIn recommendations samples and the explanation.

Do you want to recommend someone on LinkedIn? That is nice, congratulations! In this article, you will learn how to write the best recommendation ever, that you can use on LinkedIn or anywhere else. First a little explanation and then you can learn the simple and quick process with examples.

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To make the best LinkedIn recommendations work, you have to understand and accept the fact that not only products and services need marketing but people too. When someone applies for a job they become the product that needs to be sold to the buyer, who is the hiring manager in this case. Even if you are not a marketer or a salesperson and you have genuinely nothing to do with sales, at times you get into a situation when you need sales skills. LinkedIn recommendations are the perfect example.

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LinkedIn Recommendations are mini sales pitches that help to sell someone. Of course, we are not talking about human trafficking, but the job market. Therefore, you must write a recommendation that expresses the recommendee’s features and the benefits to the hiring manager.

Let’s see a perfect LinkedIn recommendation sample

“I rarely come across real talents who stand out like Peter. I had the pleasure of working with Peter for three years at the Big Corp, collaborating on several project teams. Peter’s ability to handle multiple projects was unlike any I’ve seen before and made a dramatic increase in the productivity level of our company. No matter how tense a meeting, Peter made sure everyone left with a smile. As a team member or a leader, Peter earns my highest recommendation.”

You might be curious, how we made the LinkedIn recommendation sample above, so here is a step-by-step guide, that helps you write just as good recommendations – as you saw in the sample – in less than 5 minutes:

Step 1: Get the attention of the reader

First, you need to get the attention of the reader with a strong opening line. Most of the movies – except the artistic ones – start with an exciting scene, stunning the viewers, to show them that it’s worth to stay because more of that is coming. You have to do the same in your LinkedIn recommendation; you have to start with a sentence that summarizes the whole recommendation and get’s the attention of the reader. See these three samples:

”I rarely come across real talents who stand out like Peter.”

”Few people have the opportunity to work with someone ‘Ridiculously efficient’ like Sandra.”

”‘Genuine expert’ is the phrase that comes to mind when I think about Andrew.”

After reading this initial line, people have to continue reading because they are curious what is behind that opening statement. These opening statements of your LinkedIn recommendation also doesn’t say that the recommendee was the best or favorite employee, coworker or boss of yours, because you obviously can’t use ultimate superlatives in all of your recommendations. Choosing the right phrase to highlight the person’s main characteristics or strength is the key here.

Step 2: State your authority in recommending

The readers will be curious how you know the person, what is your relation? LinkedIn will show the details next to the recommendation, and it’s easy to find this information but still, you need to summarize your relationship quickly. This gives a hint why are you qualified to give this recommendation. here are three samples for you:

Maria expertly filled the role of production manager for my company’s social marketing team for just over two years.

I had the pleasure of working with Laura for three years at the Big Corp, collaborating on several project teams.

I hired Nick as a freelance Ruby developer in 2014 after seeing his online portfolio, and he’s completed numerous flawless projects for me since then.

As you can see, you don’t have to go into details. State the year or duration, the position or role and most importantly that it was a positive working relationship. Please note the positive expressions like “expertly filled”, “pleasure to work with” and “flawless projects” which backs up the opening statement, just as you saw in the sample recommendation above.

Step 3: Describe unique values and strengths

Here comes the main part of your LinkedIn recommendation, when you describe what is unique in this person. Think about what are their strengths, what makes them stand out? If there is nothing that makes them special or unique and they don’t stand out, then think about what they do better than anything else? Not everyone is good in everything, but everyone is good at something. Highlight that in the recommendation or ask the person if there is something that would be beneficial for him or her if it was mentioned in the recommendation. Yes, communication can help, when it comes to writing a good recommendation. See our three sample senteces:

”Patrick’s ability to handle multiple projects was unlike any I’ve seen before and made a dramatic increase in the productivity level of our company.”

”I was impressed by John’s ability to deal with even the toughest clients – effortlessly. That skill often takes years to develop among consulting professionals, but it seemed to come perfectly naturally to him.”

”I was always in awe of Veronica’s ability to command a room and get people on board with ideas – even people who were initially on completely different pages.”

Many LinkedIn recommendations miss this part and which makes them vague and meaningless. This sentence in the middle of your recommendation is the main value proposition that we’ve built up strategically, starting from the opening line. As you can see, this part demonstrates the person’s strength in a single sentence using an example. After reading these samples, you should be able to phrase similar sentences based on your personal experience with the recommendee.

Step 4: Personal and emotional touch

So far we stated, explained and demonstrated the strength of this person, but when it’s about hiring someone, it’s not only about the skills, knowledge and expertise. Personality is just as important as professional skills. Hiring managers want to make sure to have a good fit for the team, who is great to work with! here are three samples:

And we still miss him on the office bowling league!

Oh, and she made sure our weekly staff meetings were never without donuts and coffee. Talk about motivating a team!

No matter how tense a meeting, Peter made sure everyone left with a smile.

When it comes to mentioning someone’s personality, and social skills make sure to be politically correct and concentrate on the insights, which are globally acceptable and important. Company values and cultures vary. Therefore some activities that might be standard at your company might not be preferred at another one, such as being a fearless warrior in Nerf gun battles.

Step 5: Close it with a strong end statement

As we discussed, your LinkedIn recommendation is a mini sales pitch that helps to sell a person on the job market. It’s time for the call to action, which points the decision maker to the right direction. Summarize and close with a simple one-line recommendation. Check out these three samples closing lines:

”Any employee would be lucky to have Jennifer as a manager.”

”Thomas would be an asset to any company.”

”As a team member or a leader, Andrew earns my highest recommendation.”

It’s a wrap! You have everything already, just put the five parts together and you got the perfect LinkedIn recommendation as seen in the sample. As promised, this process doesn’t take longer than 5 minutes. You can write each of the sentences in less than one minute and have the result in less than 5 minutes, which will be just as perfect as our LinkedIn recommendation sample that we started this article with:

“I rarely come across real talents who stand out like Peter. I had the pleasure of working with Peter for three years at the Big Corp, collaborating on several project teams. Peter’s ability to handle multiple projects was unlike any I’ve seen before and made a dramatic increase in the productivity level of our company. No matter how tense a meeting, Peter made sure everyone left with a smile. As a team member or a leader, Peter earns my highest recommendation.”

But if you want to spend even less time on writing a recommendation or you have to write many of them, try our free recommendation generator that helps you make as many LinkedIn recommendations as you want within seconds.

By | 2018-03-18T10:51:25+01:00 March 18th, 2018|LinkedIn Secrets|
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