BLUF - I get tons of requests for Linkedin recommendations. Some I would like to do in a second, others not as much.
I'm really to the point of not putting any more recommendations out there (I have 4 now). I've avoided it on purpose - the recommendations are public, including to their co-workers and those that might make an inference on me due to the recommendation. I would only put something positive on a recommendation, so I'll refuse those who I've had issues with.
Recently, a company I was at 5 years ago let go half of my old directs. They all reached out. Even the guy who I had on a PIP as I left!
Any advice? Do recommendations make any difference anyway?? I don't look at them when I'm hiring, but I always look at the linkedin profiles to see how close they are to the submitted resume. Since I'm looking for new work (as an IT Executive), should I be stockpiling recommendations?