Last week I talked about Jeremiah Owyang’s position on LinkedIn Recommendations. I mentioned I had some comments regarding Jacob Share’s post (apparently no one is safe from my pontifications :p)… here is my feedback on one aspect of Jacob’s post called Why LinkedIn Recommendations Really Are Valuable. He writes:
Not all recommendations carry the same weight or should. Here’s how to rank them:
- Best – a recommendation from someone by whom you were employed, such a past boss or client.
- Useful – a recommendation by someone who witnessed your results firsthand or was directly impacted by them, such as a colleague or business partner.
- Sometimes useful - a recommendation by someone who is impressed by you or your work, like a fan, friend or family member.
What an interesting concept! At first glance, I totally disagree. I say “totally disagree” just so you understand that usually I fly by the seat of my pants and come to an opinion too quickly (now that you know I’m highly opinionated…) :p
Okay, so maybe I do agree that comments from some *types* of people might carry more weight, but I am not sold on the idea that the type of the Recommendation indicates the strength of the LinkedIn Recommendation.
I think the quality of what is written is more important than who writes it. A poorly written, or non-endorsing Recommendation from a “past boss or client” is worse than an awesome endorsement from a nobody who can really speak to your character or skills.