Something I started doing last year is to ask for recommendations on my LinkedIn profile while I’m still working at the company. Instead of only doing so when I have already left the company.
LinkedIn’s value is the business contacts and also an online resume with real recommendations from people who are also on LinkedIn. To maximize the value
- I try to keep the job history quarterly up to date
- I ask for recommendations from people I work with and people who have left the company ( right now I think it about 10% conversation rate)
- I also write recommendations for people who leave the company without them asking
Of course this is not a common practice. In order to not scare my current co-workers that I might be leaving, I preface my email honestly. “I’m not looking to leave any time soon, but I want to keep my LinkedIn profile up to date. Please write a recommendation for me….etc”