You’re interviewing for a job or you want to get new business for your business. References can determine whether you get that job and references can be a great way to get more business. If you are on LinkedIn (if you have your own business or are looking for a job you should be), customers, current and former co-workers can provide a recommendation that shows on your LinkedIn profile. That is the good news. The not so good news is that those references can only be seen by your 1st and 2nd degree connections as well as those people who belong to the same Groups as you do.
So what can you do? Short of trying to connect with anyone and everyone, what I did is to take a screen shot of my LinkedIn recommendations using the Snipping Tool software that comes with your PC assuming it has a Windows Vista or later operating system. If you have a Mac or an operating system prior to Windows Vista, there is free software to capture what is on your screen that you can download to your computer for this. After capturing and saving the necessary pages I then merged the pages into a .pdf file. I then went to edit my LinkedIn profile. To the right of “Summary” section is an icon that looks like a box with a + sign. Click on the down arrow next to it. You will see an option to “Upload File”. Select “Upload File” and select the file to be uploaded. Once it is uploaded everyone who views your profile can see your references at the end of the “Summary” section.
The beauty of this is that you are not limited to LinkedIn references. If you are logged into LinkedIn you can see that included in my LinkedIn profile are my reviews on Yelp, and a letter of appreciation for a presentation I made locally. You can include reference letters from former colleagues who are not on LinkedIn and other letters of appreciation. This is truly a good way for your references to be seen by all. In an age where employees are looking for someone with technological savvy this could impress a potential employer as well.
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