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How to Ask for a LinkedIn Recommendation?

Asking for a recommendation from someone is not easy. It usually takes a lot of prep, and there is a fear of getting rejected. However, LinkedIn recommendation is a great selling point, and it’s not that difficult to get one.  

Anytime is the perfect time to ask for a LinkedIn recommendation. Let’s say that you just finished a project for someone, then you can ask for a recommendation. It’s like a review system for any platform online. If you ever worked on Fiverr or Upwork, then you know what it’s like to get a review.

If you have a good friend or colleague from college and have worked on a project together, ask for a recommendation. This is a great starting point if you don’t have enough work experience. Also, it’s always easier to ask a person you know well than someone random.

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When asking for a recommendation, always be professional, polite, and make it easy for them to give you a recommendation, which means having some type of template or guiding bullet points ready for them. That way, this person does not have to spend a lot of time thinking about writing.

Here are a few templates:

Asking your former college colleague

Hi [Name],

Hope all is well!

I want to let you know how much I enjoy working with you on the XYZ project in college. I always valued your feedback and thoughtful insights.  I’m currently transitioning to a new role/applying for jobs, and I’m working on polishing my LinkedIn profile. That’s why I have a small favor to ask. Would you be kind and provide a LinkedIn recommendation that highlights my financial skills?

I can provide a recommendation for your profile in return.

Let me know if you can do this. No pressure either way.


 [Your Name],

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Asking your former work colleague

Hi [Name],

I hope you are doing well! Congrats on a new role! You deserve it.

I want to let you know how much I valued your mentorship while working at XYZ company. I couldn’t have asked for better guidance. On that note, I’m currently looking for a new job in the XYZ industry, just like you suggested, and I’m updating my LinkedIn profile to reflect that change. And that is why I believe you are the best person to provide a LinkedIn recommendation for me, highlighting my skills in the XYZ area. If you are willing, I would be happy to send over some pointers to make this writing more accessible for you.

I can provide a recommendation for your profile in return.

Would you feel comfortable writing a recommendation for me? Of course, no pressure either way.


[Your Name]

If you want to learn more about LinkedIn connections you can read more on our blog:

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How to connect on LinkedIn

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