On the Eleventh Day of Christmas… Ask for Recommendations

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On the Eleventh Day of Christmas… Ask for Recommendations

Have others singing your successes by asking for recommendations.

Speak to family and friends and ask for their opinion of your best qualities and skills.  It is common to take your own skill set for granted and so the opinion of those closest to you may remind you of your best attributes.  Ask co-workers what they think are your professional strengths.  Use online platforms such as LinkedIn to your advantage, sending requests for recommendations and endorsements for your skills.  It will provide a public platform for your successes within work for anyone that comes across your profile to see – this could be future clients, recruiters and even potential employers.

Online recommendations will prove impressive moving forward and show off your professional reputation publicly.  Recommendations not only reinforce but add credibility to the skills you have included in your CV and online profiles.  Provide suggestions of what to include within the recommendation to make it easier for someone taking the time to respond.  Ask them to include what they thought was your biggest strength or how your work impacted them or their organisation.  Recommendations can come from a diverse range of people and will advance your personal brand.

About The Author

Corinne Mills

Corinne Mills is the Joint Managing Director of Personal Career Management, she is a career coach, trained in workplace counselling and NLP with 15 years career management experience. Corinne is a Fellow of the CIPD and ex Chair for the CIPD Chiltern Branch. Her background is as a Senior HR Manager with a MA in Human Resources (MCIPD), Corinne is the author of the UK's no 1 best-selling CV book "You're Hired! How to write a brilliant CV" and 'Career Coach'.

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