[UPDATE October 8, 2013] Several LinkedIn contacts share my experience that sometimes “skills” appear in one’s profile out of nowhere. That is, without the account holder adding or approving it. This shouldn’t be happening, . I am trying to get to the bottom of this. Let me know if you’ve had the same experience.
For me LinkedIn endorsements mean little more than “Hi there, colleague! I am still here, still kicking. How about you? I see you are still doing XYZ. Great!”. Many of my online friends agree. But it looks like some of my LinkedIn contacts think that LinkedIn endorsements are much more than that — that they represent a meaningful measure of something important. Hence this post.
In my personal ranking of social media networks LinkedIn scores a 5 out of 10. In my opinion LinkedIn is a recruiter’s heaven, good for business intelligence, and little else. During my infrequent LinkedIn visits I sometimes endorse some of my contacts for skills listed in their profile. Some endorse me back, many do not (which is fine).
And every once in while a LinkedIn contact would voice displeasure with my endorsement, to my bewilderment. Unhappy that I endorsed you for a skill you “don’t ever intend to use again”? Why is it in your profile then? Upset that I endorsed you too many times? Sorry, mate!
Take it easy, dear friends. LinkedIn is not going to make or break your career. It only did so for its founder. So lighten up, and for “bikes”. Just so I know you are still kicking.