Interpret this Endorsement
March 8, 2013 5:33 AM Subscribe
Does anyone know how the Linked-In "endorsement" process works? (Snowflake details below.)
posted by wolfdreams01 to work & money (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Several months ago, I applied for a job internally within my company, and although the hiring manager gave me a lot of time and multiple opportunities to pitch my ideas, I did not get the promotion. I handled the rejection professionally and simply took advantage of the chance to spread word among some of the people in that branch of the organization that I was very interested in working there. (Data point - I'm well-respected by my colleagues there, and have a very good rapport with the C-level executive who runs that branch.)
Recently I got a message from LinkedIn saying that said executive had endorsed me for one of my skills. I'm familiar with the endorsement process on LinkedIn - generally it's a simple process that involves clicking a single button, so there's not much active agency needed. What made this endorsement more unusual is that it was for a skill I never listed on my Linked-In profile - it was specifically added to my profile after the executive endorsed it. I definitely possess this skill, but didn't realize it was valuable enough to include on my profile.
So as I see it, there are two ways to interpret this.
1) Linked-In's algorithms have now gotten to the point where they are guessing skills you have and asking other people to endorse them.
2) The person in question specifically added this skill to my profile and then endorsed it.
If it's the former, then this isn't really worth thinking about. If it's the latter, then it's possible that there's a job opening in his division coming down the pipeline which I would be a good candidate for, and he's hinting to me that I need to brush up on that skill so I can maximize my chances of getting the position. I'm trying to figure out which is more likely.