The Problem with LinkedIn Recommendations


by Jesse Plunkett Posted on 1 year ago


LinkedIn is the world’s go-to professional networking platform. Their efforts have resulted in over 700 million users and countless work opportunities. However, a pure focus on networking has come with a few tradeoffs.

LinkedIn endorsements and recommendations are built to be reciprocal to increase user interaction. Friends, family, and work acquaintances will give endorsements & recommendations, expecting to receive one back. This creates too much complexity for employers to find useful, especially when they cannot even contact recommendation providers without first paying for InMail messages or sending a connection request. SafeHire’s founder, Karli, even effortlessly gained many LinkedIn endorsements for “Hostage Negotiation,” despite precisely zero experience.

Those most qualified to give credible recommendations, such as employers & educators, face hazards for providing LinkedIn recommendations. Recommendations provided show on a user’s own profile for all to see, leading one's other connections to feel entitled to an equally complimentary recommendation. For employers & educators, it’s safer not to give any recommendations than to become obligated with continual requests and expectations.

SafeHire solves references for hiring managers, jobseekers, and reference providers, focusing on verification, not networking. References may only come from workplace superiors, HR officers, and educators, using their verified professional email addresses. Reference providers can know their references will only be visible to employers with access to an applicant’s custom URL. Each reference contains the provider’s professional email address, enabling employers to easily reach out to confirm their sincerity.

With SafeHire, providers can write a reference or even easily record a short reference video, which many employers will find especially credible and compelling.

In summary, LinkedIn will serve as a great networking resource, while SafeHire is the best way to share compelling, upfront references with employers and land interviews.

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