Think about what you’d like to communicate
Before asking a person for a recommendation, make sure that you already know what you are trying to accomplish because not all recommendations serve the same purpose.
This is important because it would impact your manner of asking and how you direct the person.
Identify the person and the topic to focus on
In identifying the person whom you want a recommendation from, it is not always someone you are close with.
It may be a former coworker, other professionals, people in certain industries and those who benefited from your work.
In terms of topic, this needs to be specific so that the recommendation would convince the potential client more that you are the specific person needed for the job.
Offer a value
Before asking for anything, make sure that you offer them a value first.
This can be done by finding something to send to a client such as a blog, seminar, or referral, then you can send the recommendation request.
Give and take relationships would motivate them in writing you a recommendation.
Don’t ask 10 people at once
It is noticeable through the date stamped if someone rushed their connections in LinkedIn to give them a recommendation.
These recommendations should look like they are coming naturally rather than you are strong-arming or bribing your connections to give you one.
If it comes naturally then it is more believable for the client or the headhunter.
Pick people thoughtfully
You are not required to have a hundred recommendations, focus on having quality over quantity.
The goal here is to secure powerful recommendations from high-ticket clients that support your brand and highlight the most important skills that you have.
When should you ask for the recommendation?
You can ask for the recommendation anytime, there is no specific time and date that you should ask, and the person would magically say yes.
Timing is not the key here but the context that you provide.
The context specifically includes the things you want them to highlight and why you are collecting their feedback.
This way, their recommendation would not be all over the place and it would be easier for them in writing one.
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