Showing up as a Service Provider

April 2nd, 2008 | by Jason Alba |

I’m not sure of this (I haven’t tested it), so you might have to experiment with some of your favorite clients (or non-client contacts). But when someone recommends you make sure they choose the second option, with you as a service provider, like this:

Recommending someone as a service provider

It should be as easy as that. Why? Well, according to the note at the bottom of the Service Providers page we read:



How do I get listed in this directory?

To be listed in this directory, simply ask your clients to write a recommendation on your behalf. Request a recommendation.

Note, I don’t recommend that you use the Request a recommendation link! I don’t like it, and I don’t like getting recommendation requests that way!

Also, at the top of any page drop down on the Service Provider option, and you see this:

Service Providers on LinkedIn

So I’m guessing it’s as simple as someone just recommending you… but make sure they choose “service provider!”

  1. 3 Responses to “Showing up as a Service Provider”

  2. By Jim on Apr 5, 2008 | Reply

    How do you “make sure they choose service provider” if you are not asking them to make a recommendation?

  3. By Jason Alba on Apr 5, 2008 | Reply

    Yeah, good point Jim. You can’t “make sure,” but you can hope or request.

    I just got a request to rewrite a recommendation, and while I had the opportunity to redefine job titles of me and the recipient, I couldn’t designate our relationship (service provider). Darn.

    So let me rephrase … instead of “make sure they choose service provider,” ask them to choose service provider.

  4. By Joey on Nov 30, 2008 | Reply

    How do I remove a recommendation of a service provider when they have my recommendation listed? It says “This recommendation is visible in the LinkedIn service provider directory -” everytime I try to remove the recommendation.


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