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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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Alison_Diana
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8/18/2014 | 3:35:54 PM
Re: I can't stand the endorsements!
It's also impossible to retract them if you click Endorse accidentally. 
Alison_Diana
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8/18/2014 | 3:34:49 PM
Re: Job hunting
It's pretty easy to change your settings so you can receive only one weekly (or no) emails from different LinkedIn groups. I've done it several times and the change seems to go through immediately, which is great.
Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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8/18/2014 | 3:13:52 PM
Re: Job hunting
I'm not sure that's the case. I have a Premium account, and was still bombarded with emails (typically 3/day, every day, which is just far too many). I changed my email settings, though, which has made them much more managable.
Kristin Burnham
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2/21/2014 | 9:42:51 AM
Re: I can't stand the endorsements!
You hit the nail on the head. Endorsements are purposely easy, but that actually degrades the feature. They're too easy. Thankfully, I've heard from a number of hiring managers who say that LinkedIn Recommendations are much more valuable than endorsements. You also make a good point about who you accept into your network. It's easy and tempting to just click "Accept" for everyone who sends an invitation, but just like Endorsements -- it degrades the value of your network.
Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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12/18/2013 | 8:59:32 PM
Re: Job hunting
It's interesting you say that. There was a report recently that looked into how much junk and solicitation email LinkedIn users were receiving. I wonder if that's a problem for other readers, too.
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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.
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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