In what ways would a Professor's LinkedIn Recommendation differ from his Recommendation for Graduate School(Masters/PhD)?

In other words: In what was does the visibility of a Recommendation change a Professor's Recommendation?


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I believe they are totally different.

  • LinkedIn recommendation is more towards the visibility of student's soft/technical skills in general while the official letter of recommendation should address the student skills in a more academic/depth way.
  • Their audience is different. Recommendation Letter is intended to particular institute/committee while LinkedIn is more to the public general and industry recruiters in particular.
  • LinkedIn recommendations counts nothing for the admission committees while might have good impact on industry recruiters.

In short: Academia:- Recommendation Letters. Industry: doesn't hurt to let your supervisor recommending you - if they do have account on LinkedIn :-)

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    be prepared for professors to say no to a LinkedIn recommendation, some of them feel that it may open them up to potential FERPA violations.
    – John B
    Nov 27, 2012 at 0:58

Viewing LinkedIn recommendations may require to register and login. Just because you have a LinkedIn account, does not mean your employer has.

As a result, I would suggest to include the full text of the LinkedIn recommendation, not just a reference to it. But then it becomes not much different from just an ordinary recommendation that is just placed for public viewing on some website.

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