How to Write a LinkedIn Recommendation

A while back someone I had worked with asked me if I could help them out with their job search by writing a LinkedIn Recommendation. Of course, I said yes and at the same time realized I had no clue how to do this so it was time to do some research.

You can build your LinkedIn Recommendation using these five steps;

1. Get the attention of the reader with a strong opening statement.
2. Explain your relationship with the person.
3. Relate an instance that shows their talent or skills.
4. Personality. Show how this person is great to work with.
5. Strong positive recommendation.

Strong Opening Statement

You need to get the attention of the reader with a strong opening line.

"John has the unique ability to not only be a manager but a coach and mentor as well."

"It is rare to find someone who is a standout leader like Ben."

"All Around Talent" is the phrase that comes to mind when I think of Bob.

Begin by Explaining the Relationship

Your recommendation should define and give some context on how you know the person. Did you work on projects together? How long have you known each other? Were you a client or co-worker? If you were a co-worker was there a supervisory role involved in the work relationship?

"I had the pleasure of working with Diane for 2 years at Sears Canada in her role as Assistant General Manager."

"I was fortunate to be one of Andre's clients when he was a Sales Rep for ABC Company."

"After hiring Jenna as Marketing Consultant in 2015 she has successfully revamped our marketing focus."

Relate an Instance that Shows Off Their Talents or Skills

Think about a things that stand out to you about this person or something that they do better than anything else.

"Under Brad's leadership our sales division acheived record levels of sales. His ability to understand clients needs was exceptional."

"Ben's ability to multi-task was second to none and efficiently jump started our new marketing efforts."

"I was amazed by John's ability to build consensus with even when people had divergent opinions. This lead to a dramatic increase in production of our products."


Show off the persons personality. What did they do to create a positive atmosphere? Did they go above and beyond? Show how this person is great to work with.

"We all looked forward to Friday when Bob would bring in coffee and donuts for the team."

"John regularly contacted me even though we weren't his biggest account."

"Sara always made it a point to say goodbye to all the staff at the end of the day."

End with a Strong Positive Recommendation

"A real manager is a leader and that is what Flo is. Any team would be lucky to have her as their leader."

"John is a positive person who would be a great asset to any team."

"Andre is a great Sales Representative and I would highly recommend his services."

"As a team leader Diane is exceptional and I, along with many people I know would jump at the chance to work with her again."

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