Do Hiring Managers Care About LinkedIn Recommendations?

We heard from nearly 90 hiring managers about why they read LinkedIn recommendations.

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by Meg Embry

Published April 26, 2022

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Do Hiring Managers Care About LinkedIn Recommendations?
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If you're looking for a job, you've probably realized how crucial it is to have a presence on LinkedIn.

But you've probably also wondered: Do I really need LinkedIn recommendations? Does anyone actually read them?

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We asked around. The answer is, overwhelmingly, yes. Hiring managers read whatever they can find.

Of the 88 hiring managers, CEOs, and employers we spoke to, 85 said they take LinkedIn recommendations into consideration during the hiring process

While most said it's rarely a deal-breaker if a candidate doesn't have any recommendations, they agreed that a handful of really good ones makes a positive impression.

"When I see a candidate with a complete LinkedIn profile that they put time into building, it shows me they care to impress us," said Fig Loans co-founder John Li. "That means a lot."

The Top 5 Reasons Hiring Managers Read Your LinkedIn Recommendations

Hiring managers told us there are a lot of reasons to pay attention to peer recommendations. Here are five reasons they're reading yours:

1. To Substantiate Claims

"Recommendations can be very helpful in proving your abilities in the workplace — especially when they come from respected people within your industry. They are essentially a way of backing up your claims via a trusted third party."

— Andrew Fennell, Founder and CEO, StandoutCV

2. To Vet Authenticity

"LinkedIn recommendations are professional proof of a candidate's competence. As a marketer, I'm an advocate for social credibility. Testimonials allow me to vet the skills and authenticity of job applicants. These are essential in the healthcare industry because most employees are directly involved in people's well-being and safety."

— Stephan Baldwin, Founder, Assisted Living Center

3. To Confirm Culture Fit

"I immediately search for any input into the person's personality. Yes, I want them to have the skills and abilities to get the job done, but I also want to make sure that they'll fit into our company and be pleasant to work with. The recommendations that share tidbits about what it's like to work with that person can make a huge difference in my impression of them."

— Daivat Dholakia, VP of Product and Growth, Essenvia

4. To Identify Soft Skills

"It's good to read recommendations that speak to someone's soft or human skills — that helps us understand how a candidate might fit the position. A genuine and honest story tells us more about a person than most people can imagine."

— Ricardo Luís Von Groll, Content Manager, Talentify

5. To Identify Hard Skills

"LinkedIn recommendations can often give you a roadmap to an applicant's skills and work history that may not be as apparent from their resume. In my experience, recommenders tend to be honest and frank when selecting skills for others. Applications don't always provide a full list of the hard skills a candidate possesses, so I absolutely look over LinkedIn recommendations to see what else I might find."

— John Jacob Salzarulo, Co-founder and CEO, Hoist

Frequently Asked Questions About LinkedIn

What is LinkedIn?

LinkedIn is the world's largest professional social networking platform. You can use it to:

Start by signing up and completing a profile. Then begin building your network by connecting with people you already know and people you would like to know.

How do I upload my resume to LinkedIn?

It may not always be in your best interest to have a copy of your resume on your LinkedIn profile. But if you do want to showcase your resume, you can upload a pdf version to the Featured section of your profile.

You can also upload your resume directly to job applications on LinkedIn via the Easy Apply button under Resume (optional).

How do I network on LinkedIn?

There are endless ways to network on LinkedIn. These are our top five:

  1. Connect with people you know: friends, family, past and present employers and co-workers, university alumni, etc.
  2. Connect with people in roles you're interested in within your desired industry by sending personalized, thoughtful connection requests.
  3. Join industry groups and engage in conversations.
  4. Attend LinkedIn events to find like-minded people and leaders in your field.
  5. Create and engage: Post your own content and engage regularly with the content others post by commenting, liking, sharing, and following.

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