I recently saw an excellent post on the value of a LinkedIn recommendation. The author also had some great suggestions as to what makes a valuable recommendation. See below.
Writing a recommendation lets you drill down into the how and why of your experience working with someone. The golden rule of powerful recommendations is “Show, don’t tell”. Wouldn’t it be more telling to read how Allison built and motivated her team to achieve stellar results instead of reading that “Allison is a great manager”? Always remember that the most compelling recommendations tell a story rather than provide empty statements.
A well-done recommendation should describe and give specific examples, whether they reflect someone’s ability to excel under pressure, act as a compassionate leader, succeed as a collaborative team-member or business partner. For recruiters, future hires or potential business partners, such a recommendation provides an important sign that this connection could be the person they are looking for.
If you’re the one looking to receive recommendations, always begin by identifying the people who know you well and who can best speak to your aptitude for excelling in a particular professional domain, attest to your leadership or management skills or shed light on some of your best accomplishments.