Another way to bolster your online presence is through the skills endorsement system LinkedIn recently introduced. When an individual views your profile, they may publicly recognize your qualifications through an endorsement by clicking on an existing skill or adding a new skill to your profile.

There is some debate as to whether this new feature is beneficial as first-level connections may click to endorse another person’s skills without having direct experience with the skill level of their connection. The endorsement feature is meant to further establish skills credibility and should be used between individuals that can truthfully testify to the individual’s skill set. The fear with this system is blind endorsements (where people are simply clicking to endorse skills without having firsthand knowledge of ability) will diminish the value of endorsements along with testimonials and connections.

Wondering if you have received a recommendation? In some instances, you will receive an email notifying you that a connection has offered an endorsement or, you can monitor the Skills and Expertise section of your profile. In either case, you have the option of keeping the endorsement or removing it from your profile.

LinkedIn continues to be a wonderful resource for job seekers and employers. If you are not on LinkedIn, you should consider creating an account. It is a terrific way to network with other professionals and another way to showcase your skills, qualifications and expertise!

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About the Author:

Tammy Shoup, Executive Director and Head Writer of Breakthrough Résumés, is among a small number of professional résumé writers in the U.S. who has earned the title of Certified Professional Résumé Writer from the Professional Association of Résumé Writers / Career Coaches.

Shoup is also a member of the National Résumé Writers’ Association and Career Directors International. Her activity in both organizations ensures that her knowledge of industry and employment trends remains current. It also indicates her dedication to continuing education in her industry. Her work is published in both JIST and Barron’s career books.

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