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How to Hide a LinkedIn Recommendation You’ve Given, and Why

It might seem silly to hide a LinkedIn recommendation you’ve given. After all, you want to support your colleague! But sometimes it’s best to let your praise to show up only on their profile, not on yours.

Why?

Giving is a wonderful thing . . . and so is balance. If you haven’t received any recommendations yet, or you’ve gotten way fewer than you’ve written, your bravos for others may draw attention to the lack of applause about you. People may even wonder if your colleagues aren’t impressed with your work.

The solution isn’t to hold back on writing recommendations, but simply to adjust their visibility.

Meanwhile, request recommendations. Social proof is more powerful than ever.

You may be advertising your competitors. When recruiters look at the your profile, they also search it for other great candidates, such as people you’ve recommended. Helping a recruiter fill a position is a good relationship-building strategy–but not when that position would have been perfect for you. 

How to Hide a Recommendation:

  1. In your profile, scroll down to the Recommendations section.
  2. Click the edit pencil.
  3. Pick “Given.”
  4. Click “Visible to: Public” in the lower right-hand corner of the recommendation.
  5. Select “Only you” or “Your connections.”

Now that you know how to hide a LinkedIn recommendation, you might want to consider the other aspects of an effective LinkedIn profile.

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