LinkedIn’s recent updates introduced “Endorsements” to LinkedIn Profiles. Now, whenever someone visits your LinkedIn profile, they will see a list of “skills” or areas of “expertise” for which they can easily (with just one click) endorse you.
Although it is too early to determine the impact or value of LinkedIn endorsements, they are a point of anxiety for LinkedIn users in some industries. For example, financial compliance regulations do not permit endorsements, testimonials, or recommendations for financial advisors.
Bill Winterberg recently shared a screen cast in which he outlined 2 ways of removing LinkedIn Endorsements.
2 Ways to Remove LinkedIn Endorsements
1. Remove All Endorsements:
- Select “Edit Profile”
- Scroll down the Profile page until you see the “Skills & Expertise” section.
- Click on the “pencil” to edit your endorsement settings.
- Click “Display your endorsements?” (actually click on the green checkmark immediately following this statement).
- Select “No, do not show my endorsements“.
- Save your changes.
Your “Skills and Expertise” will still be displayed, allowing your profile to continue to be optimized for those keywords.
In addition, the endorsements that you have collected, although no longer visible, are still there for your use should you decide to make your endorsement section visible again in the future.
2. Manage Your Endorsements:
Instead of shutting your Endorsements off, you can selectively manage which endorsement are displayed.
- As in the first option, select “Edit Profile”, scroll down until you reach the “Skills and Expertise” section, and click on the “Pencil” to edit it.
- Click on “Manage Endorsements”. Although the link appears unavailable, if you hover over it, it will turn blue and you will be able to click it.
- Select the “Skill” that you want to manage, then click on “show/hide all endorsements” if you want to hide them all; or
click on the individual endorsements to hide that specific endorsement.
- Save your changes.
Thanks for reading. As always questions and comments are welcomed and appreciated.