When should you be endorsing people on Linkedin?

I was recently asked about whether or not you should be endorsing people on Linkedin. I find it interesting how casually people are taking the endorsement function on Linkedin. I am surprised by how many people are endorsing one another who have never even worked together or seen one another’s work product. I find that people are arbitrarily endorsing others, without realizing that they are vouching for someone’s skills. My thought process on whether or not to give an endorsement is that you should only endorse someone when they fall into one of the following 5 categories:
  1. You have worked directly with that person at the same company and have seen their work first hand.
  2. You have hired them to do work for you and the results that they have produced have been above average.
  3. They have hired you to do work for them as a vendor and you have seen the quality of their work.
  4. You are a recruiter who has placed an individual in a job and know first hand from your client that they have the skills that they purport to possess.
  5. If you have worked against someone in a case or matter and have seen the quality of their work.
I think that endorsements should be taken seriously, just like you would take giving someone a reference or a recommendation seriously. 
So before you go to endorse someone the next time you are on Linkedin, ask yourself if they fall into one of the five categories listed above.

Increase your Net Worth by Increasing Your Network

Larry Benet, the most well-networked man on the planet, once told me that “Your Network = Your Networth.” Owning a staffing firm, I have found this to be very accurate. A lot of job seekers under value the resources that are right under their noses, primarily their social media accounts such as Linkedin, Twitter and Facebook. No matter who you are, or what your employment status is, chances are that you are attending a holiday party or two this holiday season. Networking is one of the best ways to find a new position, as 80% of jobs are found through word of mouth. That said, it is important to get a business card from each person who you meet at a party. I always recommend connecting with an individual within 24 hours after meeting them at a party via one of your primary social media accoutns. This shows enthusiasm and good follow up skills. Additionally, quick follow up makes you more memorable. So remember, the next time you are a holiday party, have a goal of getting at least 3 or more business cards and following up with those individuals via social media within 24 hours. Your social media accounts will keep you connected to them even after the holidays are over!