Toward the end of 2012, LinkedIn revealed a new feature that could bolster users’ profiles and add a new dimension to their accounts: endorsements. The premise was delightfully simple: users could set out the skills and experience they possess, before colleagues, clients or customers are invited to give them endorsements on those which they had previously displayed.
At first, many of these were the kinds of skills that could be expected: project management, timekeeping and customer service, among others. It soon became apparent, however, that some skills were rather more obtuse than others. There were the kind: “awesomeness” and “great personality”, and also the not-so-kind: “prostitution” and “pole dancing”. This started a whole new trend of ‘endorsement bombing’, where friends strived to give one another some less ordinary skills.
As such, here are ten of the more esoteric skills that you may not see every day on LinkedIn, but are there for the endorsing.
First there are the more outdoors-y skills, which seem a world away from the corporate, blue collar world of LinkedIn. These include wood carving and even animal husbandry.
Advanced medicine is also accounted for with LinkedIn endorsements. Whilst nurses, doctors or paramedics may be happy with being endorsed for phlebotomy (the term used for taking blood to be sampled), it becomes a little less serious when afforded to someone working in data entry. Some enterprising (or brave) souls have also used this on their bosses, noting the vampiric reference.
Sticking with medicine – albeit on a more sombre note – there is also an endorsement perfect for those who seem to suck the life and soul out of a room. For these people, there is the euthanasia commendation.
Elsewhere, for the man who keeps himself looking incredibly dapper (or even the woman who tells her husband what to wear), there’s the male grooming endorsement. This could be especially pertinent during Movember.
Next up are the endorsements which are decidedly more surreal. For example, you can endorse someone for the skill of Sinatra. That’s it. There’s no more to quantify it, just ‘Sinatra’. Possibly related, you can also commend someone for being groovy. Perhaps for those who have been endorsed with both ‘Sinatra’ and ‘groovy’, it’s a natural progression for them to also be tagged with expertise at the Argentine tango.
Some of the less obvious career choices are also catered to on LinkedIn, with comedy coming from the sheer oddness. Of all these, umbrella insurance is probably the most well-known, as many people take to endorsing their friends for the skill – presumably much to the ire of genuine umbrella insurers the world over.
What about the friend who thinks the pun is mightier than the sword, or who is always having a great deal of pun? Yes, they can indeed be endorsed for their punnery.
These are just ten of the more obscure endorsements available on LinkedIn. Recruiters shouldn’t look on them disparagingly, however, as they may indeed provide a little insight into the individual, as well as the strong, almost familial bonds they create with both friends and colleagues.