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10 Top LinkedIn Tips, Tricks

Follow these best-practices to improve your profile, get noticed by recruiters, and land your next gig.
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How LinkedIn savvy are you? Whether you're a seasoned user or a newbie just getting started, learning the ins and outs of the social network takes time. Here's a look at some of its best little-known features, plus tips for getting noticed by recruiters, managing your profile, and more.

1. Edit Or Remove Endorsements
LinkedIn introduced a new feature called Endorsements almost a year ago. Endorsements, which are found under the Skills & Expertise section of your profile, let your connections vote up the talents and proficiencies you've listed within your profile, as well as recommend new ones they think should be included. Your skills are then ranked and reranked based on the number of people who have voted on them.

As popular as Endorsements appear to be -- with more than 1 billion given to more than 58 million professionals, according to LinkedIn -- some LinkedIn users don't agree that they're useful. Because many people accept LinkedIn invitations to connect with people they don't know well, endorsements from these connections may be misguided, insincere, or incorrect. There's even a Tumblr blog called Endorsement Bombing that highlights how endorsements are abused on some profiles by users voting up skills such as "roundhouse kicks" and "comedic timing."

If you haven't paid attention to this profile section before, the good news is there are three ways you can edit it. To remove individual skills from your profile, navigate to the main menu and select Edit Profile under the Profile heading. Scroll to the Skills & Expertise section and click Edit. Here, delete individual skills from your profile by clicking the X next to each one.

Your second option is to remove endorsements from select connections. This may be useful if you want to limit your endorsements to only the connections you know well and trust. To do this, click the Manage Endorsements tab to switch views. Click a skill, and then uncheck the box next to the contact you want to remove. When you're finished modifying your endorsements, click Save.

Your third option is to remove the entire endorsements section from your profile. To do this, scroll to the Skills & Expertise section and click Edit. From the dropdown menu next to the option "Display your endorsements?" choose "No, do not display my endorsements." Click Save.

By default, LinkedIn users receive emails when they have received an endorsement. Users who receive many endorsements from connections may find these emails annoying. The good news is you can opt out. To do so, navigate to your Privacy & Settings page, click the Communications side tab on the left (next to the envelope icon), and click Set The Frequency Of Emails. Then click Notifications to expand the options below it and find the Endorsements section. Select "No Email" and click "Save Changes."

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Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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11/18/2013 | 9:35:55 AM
Re: I can't stand the endorsements!
I think a good rule of thumb is to endorse only the people you know for skills you're confident they're proficient in. That would solve many of the problems; don't just click "Endorse" because it's there and it's easy.
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virsingh211,
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11/18/2013 | 7:49:46 AM
Re: Excellent tips
Other endorsement, i have seen freshers getting boosted due these recommendation, i still remember one of the graduate trainee under me, i wrote a recommendation for him on linkedin and he was boosted as if some he acheived some award.
philhclark
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philhclark,
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11/18/2013 | 6:32:38 AM
Re: I can't stand the endorsements!
endorsements does feel to me like a naked way adding engagement to the platform, but more often it's false. Either there are made-up skills or people endorse you not for genuine reasons but as pure flattery. so good to see some controls here.

I see you can now add genuine skills, ie. courses or certfifications completed via this addition to the LinkedIn profile -
PaulS681
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PaulS681,
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11/17/2013 | 7:43:20 PM
Re: Excellent tips
These are excellent tips. What I think can go a long way for you are the recommendations from coworkers. A well written one can speak volumes on how you work.
PaulS681
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PaulS681,
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11/17/2013 | 7:38:42 PM
Re: I can't stand the endorsements!
@kelly... If your endorsements aren't coming from coworkers then I can see why it would annoy you. So far mine have and I'm going to keep them.
Shane M. O'Neill
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Shane M. O'Neill,
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11/17/2013 | 4:12:46 PM
Re: Excellent tips
I sometimes get endorsements for skills that I used three jobs ago but are not relevant to what I do now. In that case, it's nice to have the option of removing them from the page.
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kelleyd1,
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11/17/2013 | 3:36:16 PM
I can't stand the endorsements!
It is never a co-worker who endorses your work. In fact, I am astonished when I get notices regarding these.  I think it is just a way for LinkedIn to tout engagement to their own advertisers.  
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Nicole Ferraro,
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11/15/2013 | 1:33:28 PM
Excellent tips
Wow, thanks for all of these great tips. (Also, I had no idea LinkedIn had a Tetris-like game!) I'm still a little unsure about the part on endorsements, though. If you're being endorsed for actual skills that you have, is there really a reason to go in and delete?
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