Over the past couple of days, I have received a number of emails and phone calls concerning the LinkedIn endorsements feature. While I think it’s a great addition, as indicated in my recent blog post, Six Tips For Using LinkedIn Endorsements, there are some inherent problems with it that a user might need to address. These could include your endorsing someone inadvertently for a skill for which they’re really not qualified. It could also include an individual endorsing you for something that really isn’t your strength or that they know very little about your capabilities in the area. Either way, you might consider deleting or hiding these endorsements.
If you made a mistake and endorsed someone for a skill that you hadn’t intended, you can remove the endorsement by simply going to your connection’s profile. Once there, go to the Skills & Expertise section and move your cursor over the name of the skill. It will simply prompt you to undo the skill. Once you’ve clicked on it your endorsement will be removed.
If an individual has given you an endorsement that you don’t want, go to your profile and to the Skills & Expertise section. Go to the respective skill and the photographs of the people that have endorsed you. Click on the arrow below the photos and it will prompt you to see all endorsers. By clicking through, you will see the individuals who you can then elect to click on hide the endorsement and it will be hidden. It should be noted, however, that according to LinkedIn there is no way of undoing this process at this time. Given this, please give some thought to whether or not hiding the endorsement really makes sense.