December 7, 2011
It always happens.
You tell a person you will write them an awesome recommendation to post on their LinkedIn profile but instead you find yourself staring blankly at your computer screen at a total loss for words.
What to do, what to do?
Endorser to the rescue!
This amazing little tool coughs up LinkedIn recommendations in a blink of an eye.
Yes, I know there is something innately evil about sending off computer-generated recommendations. I get it, but it’s a busy world out there. Whatever helps you save time is a good thing in my book.
Here’s the thing… my suggestion is to use Endorser as a starting point. Use it for inspiration. Take what they give you and edit it to make it your own.
If you are stuck for words, don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and call the person you are recommending to ask them what they want you to write! Heck, I often ask the person to write the recommendation themselves and then I will go in and make some tweaks to it.
The Endorser is easy to use. All you do is enter the person’s name you wish to endorse, their gender, and the name of the company where you worked together:
Click the Endorse button and out pops a recommendation. Here’s a couple I generated for myself!
I had the privilege of working with Donna Serdula on a couple IT positions at the same company. Donna Serdula did not fail me a single time. Donna Serdula is a highly organized, goal oriented, independent and hard working perfectionist always ready to put all her energy and stamina to get the job done. Well educated and energetic. Is able to work in a fast-paced environment. Donna Serdula is probably one of the best strategists I have ever met in my life and one of the smartest professionals I have ever worked with.
Donna Serdula did not fail me a single time. Donna Serdula is a dedicated, ambitious and result driven leader. Careful co-worker. If you ever need someone to deliver under pressure, no slip-ups, just results, Donna Serdula is your woman! Is ready to deal with difficult situations and solve the problems on time.
She is not only a result driven and loyal perfectionist but also an inspiring professional. It’s been a real pleasure working together with Donna Serdula. Donna Serdula is an innovative, customer focused, achievement oriented and wise team player. Highly organized developer. Her big background and experience can be an example for everyone. Donna Serdula is probably one of the best project managers I’ve ever met in my life and one of the smartest software engineers I’ve ever worked with.
What do you think?
The recommendations aren’t great but they aren’t terrible either. I can’t help but wonder where they got the text. Did they cull it from recommendations already written on LinkedIn or did they hire a writer to come up with hundreds of glowing sentences that can be combined together to form paragraphs of recommendations? I don’t know and I can’t find any info on their Website.
Regardless, I think The Endorser is a great little tool if you take it for what it is… an idea generator!
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