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The Trouble with Tribbles Endorsements
Having started a critique of LinkedIn, the most often complaint I hear is that the endorsement feature is
not to be taken seriously. They’re like “tribbles” in the original Star Trek series 44 th episode “The
Trouble with Tribbles.”
HR McNeilly, LLC. is a “Diversity Supplier” and
Endorsements (like tribbles), seem harmless and
has been certified by the Veterans Administration
are fun to give and receive. They tend to multiply as a “Veteran Owned Small Business.”
quickly and take up a lot of space on your profile,
but have no apparent value. The key people you would like to take notice of your endorsements, such
as: recruiters, hiring managers, talent acquisition, and human resources typically don’t pay much
attention to your endorsements. Why should they? Everybody you know would like to wish you well,
so they endorse you for everything possible. Here’s a great example:
My mother, who is 75 years old, recently joined LinkedIn and soon connected with all us kids
and her grandchildren. She started endorsing everyone for everything—bless her heart. She
wants everyone in the family to be successful and if she can lend a hand by endorsing, then
what’s wrong with that?
Now, I’ve heard from a few people who only endorse others who they personally know and feel
comfortable with endorsing for a specific skill set or trait. That’s probably how it should be, but it has
now grown beyond any level of control—much like tribbles. To date, I’ve received a total 480
endorsements. Of which, 74 are for recruiting and 56 for human resources.
HR Dept: as a new startup, I will
give you a better deal on a case
by case basis depending upon
your needs and timeframe.
I’ve begun to look at endorsements as a gauge. What are you
known for? For me, I am viewed as a recruiter (74 endorsements),
slightly more so than human resources (56 endorsements). That’s
about as much value as I can gleam for endorsements. They tell
me what a candidate is known for within their own network. Why would LinkedIn have this feature that
seems to have so little value or none at all?
Another possible use for the endorsement is "keyword search." When recruiters seek candidates with
hard to find skills, we could use the endorsement categories as part of a keyword search. The
endorsement feature seems like a nuisance, but it may have some minimal use.
I searched the LinkedIn Help feature for "endorsements," which includes quite a bit of information
posted, including how to "opt out." http://help.linkedin.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/31888
My next article will be about “LinkedIn References” and will include a comparison to endorsements that
should highlight why giving and receiving references is a better feature to use.
Robert H. McNeilly MSM, SPHR
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