Job Search Answers – What If My Reference Isn’t On Linkedin?

Dec 5 2011 in Featured, Networking/Social Networking, reCareered Blog by Phil Rosenberg

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At the end of my Resume Revolution complimentary webinars (enroll at, I open up the floor to job search questions … from you.

Occasionally, I’ll also answer especially interesting questions posted on my Linkedin group, Career Central ( or reCareered’s Facebook page (

This was an interesting job search question asked by Andy Huntleigh ( on Career Central:

“I asked (Linkedin customer support) how to add a recommendation from someone who chooses not to be on LinkedIn. I was told to use”

That’s an incorrect answer, because Linkedin’s Customer support gave the wrong website – they meant Even if they gave the correct website, there are a number of better ways to list references from those not on Linkedin.

It may seem that everyone who could give you a reference would be on Linkedin, but that’s not the case. References who might not be on Linkedin include references from industries not well represented on Linkedin (such as medical professionals, bar/restaurant workers, military), references who are retired, references who prefer Facebook, or references who don’t wish to be contacted through social networks.

While works if you want to save a scanned letter, it might not be the best way to get the reference noticed.

Here are some better places to put references for those not on Linkedin. Post references here, and just include the links in your profile – It’s much more noticeable than

  1. YouTube: If you can convince your reference to do a video reference, YouTube can be a huge help to you. Not only can you capture the enthusiasm of your reference, but Google gives some ranking preference to YouTube. So when employers search you by name, they are likely to see your Youtube references first. If you’re looking for Online Reputation Management ideas, YouTube can help.
  2. Google Docs: If you’ve got a letter to scan, save it on Google Docs
  3. BranchOut: BranchOut is a Facebook app that works a lot like Linkedin, allowing for recommendations and connecting to a second degree of separation.
  4. BeKnown: BeKnown is a Facebook app, similar to BranchOut, allowing for recommendations and a second level of separation.

Readers – what other online services do you use for references, other than Linkedin?


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