Skills and Endorsements is a very important part of your LinkedIn profile. It's one of the top four places where you should be using your key words and phrases to help LinkedIn and your connections to understand what it is that you do. And it's a great way to start conversations with your connections.
However, many people don't really understand how to use it. In fact, some of them will actively opt out of being involved at all. They don't want to see LinkedIn's suggestions about people they might want to endorse as being good at what they do and they don't want to see notifications or emails about endorsements that other connections have given to them. And emails about endorsements clog up their inbox.
Opting out of LinkedIn's Skills And Endorsements - but should you?
Back in May 2014, LinkedIn had received enough complaints about their Skills and Endorsements feature to warrant the inclusion of an opt out feature. And this option is still there in the March 2017 update.
Scroll down to the Skills and Endorsements section of your profile and click View ** more. The box will open up to reveal all your other skills. Scroll down to the bottom and click Adjust endorsement settings.
A pop up will now appear so you can mange how you receive and give endorsements.
Click the button and it will change from Yes to No.
Be aware that if you click No for 'I want to be endorsed', the other options will disappear. Just click again so it becomes Yes and they will reappear.
You also have the option for:
Include me in endorsement suggestions to my connections
Show me suggestions to endorse my connections
Personally, I will agree to be endorsed and included in the endorsement suggestions - this brings you back to the top of mind for your connections.
I think I will continue to see the suggestions to endorse my connections - it seems only fair if I am asking to be endorsed myself. And, again, if that person is notified that you have endorsed them, it keeps you top of mind.
The option for Send me notifications via email when my connections endorse me has disappeared in 2017. In some ways this is a good thing as it did rather clutter up my inbox. You now receive a notification - in the notifications part of your dashboard. I fear these may get lost amongst all the other entries. However, LinkedIn has been very clear in its encouragement that you should start a conversation by saying thanks.
Previously LinkedIn would email the person concerned to tell them and ask if they would like to reciprocate.
So they would go onto LinkedIn and endorse you and maybe some other connections.
LinkedIn would email the other connections you had endorsed and ask them if they would like to return the favour... You get the picture?
For LinkedIn, it was all about increasing traffic to their site and building engagement. I am not sure whether notifications will have the same effect.
How to use LinkedIn's Skills and Endorsements Function