Over the last couple of weeks i have realised two way recommendations at LinkedIn more often.
Fellow X ‘highly recommends‘ Fellow Y and Fellow Y ‘highly recommends‘ Fellow X.
The only way you are able to see that kind of behaviour is if both recommendations happen almost at the same time and therefore show up in your “Network Updates”. After that, you have to check both recommendations of each person to discover that.
Is it a good or a bad thing to do? It’s the usage of a technology given and to make the most out of it. “If I recommend you, would you recommend me?”. Whether the recommendations at LinkedIn help, I do not know at this stage. If I hire somebody I check LinkedIn but not their recommendations especially now after realizing how ‘honest’ they might have been put together.
Torsten J. Koerting is a project management-, paragliding- and Outdoor Enthusiast, Consultant, Author of several books and engaged as a speaker at many conferences.
As Managing Partner at projectyzer he is specialised in supporting companies and organisations in reinventing their strategy as well as turning projects around that are in trouble. He worked in Europe, US and Australia for more than 20 years for global Blue Chips. He does hold the German and Australian Citizenship and lives with his wife and two kids between Europe and Australia.
He is also a certified Bank Clerk, Executive Bachelor and Project Management Professional (PMI) and used to be Board Member of the PMI Queensland Chapter (Australia).