Why execs don’t have LinkedIn recommendations

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I have a handful of good LinkedIn recommendations on my profile. I’ve noticed most exec people at top tier companies don’t keep any recommendations on their profile.

Is their a strategy behind this or people just don’t care when they hit a certain status professionally.

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  • Amazon vbsjq8q
    Nobody cares
    Jun 24 0
  • American Express vista133
    Recommendations are mainly based on friendship not necessarily on real competency...nobody cares that you have friends that are willing to put some nice words out there.
    Jun 24 0
  • Indeed getlikeme
    1) They’ve made it and have no reason to give a fuck. You’d be surprised at some of the interesting, fascinating perspectives high level executives have of social networking. And I’m not talking about cynical old people with the typical tech bashing.

    2) They have a strong reputation at that point in their career and must be careful who they align themselves with as they are more invested and reflective of the orgs they lead.

    3) LinkedIn recommendations and endorsements carry zilch weight unless you’re two. It’s a cute way to engage users who care beyond lurking and stalking.

    4) Most execs have such strong networks and such a powerful track record that they don’t need a recommendation to move forward. They don’t need LinkedIn - period.

    5) For those who have profiles, they probably didn’t create, don’t own nor manage it themselves. More than likely it’s a comms team which is focused on content development as it benefits the exec’s reputation and that of the company.

    Be careful listening to the folks who are knocking recommendations altogether. On LinkedIn it’s meaningless, but depending on where you are in your career it could go a long way for getting the job you want with a competitive comp package. Especially if the rec’s from a high level exec. Their backing makes a difference and sets the tone for how you start. You come in with a lot of respect/credibility. It’s an extension of networking.
    Jun 25 0
  • Google g00g13
    LinkedIn recommendations might matter for an entry level role when you have no reputation yet, maybe. But probably not then either.
    Jun 24 0
  • Uber / Eng 4sure
    Nobody really scrolls to the bottom of your profile
    Jun 24 0
  • F5 Networks bhai-log
    Do parents ask for recommendation from kids? No. Why? Because their recommendation doesn’t matter
    Jun 25 0
  • Dropbox flyonwall5
    If you’ve ever been asked to do one you know it’s totally bogus. You can only say positive things so it’s super one sided and artificial.
    Jun 24 0
  • E*Trade / Finance cbEV72
    Execs are recruited differently. The whole separate process exists for them. I don’t know why they have LinkedIn at all
    Jun 25 0
  • EVIO Labs / Other
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    Most recommendations come when people ask someone senior to them to give a recommendation. Or, it’s a way for a manager to recognize an employee voluntarily. Execs have little reason to ask for recommendations, and people have little incentive to give them. I’ve had a couple people junior to me give me recommendations, then request I give one back. That’s totally awkward.

    Bottom line, they don’t hold a lot of weight.
    Jun 24 0
  • Western Digital Seagate
    Because it can be a scratch each other’s back circle jerk.
    Jun 24 0
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    Theoretically shouldn’t recommendations from a wide variety of people you’ve worked with give a good view of your strengths
    Jun 24 0
  • Amazon notHR.
    I saw Yelp recommendations that one time. I chose Amazon sponsored content over that though
    Jun 24 0

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