Whether you love them or hate them, I think LinkedIn Endorsements are a fairly good gauge of your professional skills, and especially your online professional persona. I promised myself that after my personal LinkedIn profile achieved (99+) Endorsements in any particular category then I would share some of my honest observations on the topic of LinkedIn Endorsements.
I checked a few of my LinkedIn contacts at random and viewed their Endorsements. Knowing all these persons in various capacities whether it be only virtually, in-person or a mixture of both, I can say that most of these persons highly ranked Endorsements personified their professional skills fairly decently. In other words, LinkedIn Endorsements might not deserve the harsh criticism they received when initially launched about one year ago.
Are Skills Perception or Reality? (…and does it matter as long as it is accurate)
Let’s dig a bit deeper and see if LinkedIn Endorsements are truly representative of one’s professional skills. As a reference, my personal LinkedIn Skills & Endorsements screen print as of 1/10/16 is listed to the left. As you can see the three Skills for which I have 99+ Endorsements are ‘SaaS’, ‘Enterprise Software’ and ‘Cloud Computing’.
With over 100 of my professional contacts ‘endorsing’ me for each skill, (without asking or any sort of encouragement) anyone that didn’t know me personally would think that my entire career might have been in the solutions and software business.
Au contraire! (On the contrary)
I have never worked one minute for a ‘SaaS’ (as-a-Service) company. Never have I received a paycheck ever from any ‘Cloud Computing’ organization. Nor have I been a part of an ‘Enterprise Software’, until the past few years. So what does this mean exactly? Are all my Endorsements bogus, or is it misguided individuals or is it blatant propaganda? None of this – let me explain.
Where there is smoke, there is (professional) fire!
Passion for work, industry and others is I’m sure where my Endorsements came from. People know Kevin Neal as an extremely passionate professional about the topics of SaaS, Enterprise Software and Cloud Computing. I don’t hide this passion; in fact I embrace it and wish to share experiences with others with such interests.
* I am a proud Professional Member of AIIM (aiim.org) – A nonprofit educational organization of the topic of Information Management
* I am honored to be a ‘Expert Blogger’ on the topic of ‘Capture’ for AIIM’s web communities
* I genuinely enjoy using my personal time sharing my knowledge freely with others and with no expectations in-turn. A few examples are below:
In summary, my professional life is an open book which I am glad to share with others. I feel it is a pay-it-forward type attitude for those that have helped me so much in my personal career. I can’t thank them enough and I would just encourage others to do the same. Share your experiences, express your thoughts and have an opinion.