For a job seeker, the most obvious benefit of having LinkedIn recommendations is that a recruiter or potential employer might be impressed by what people say about you. Here are some not-so-obvious benefits of nurturing the growth of your LinkedIn recommendations:
1. It's a great way to make your network stronger. When you ask one of your contacts for her endorsement, offer to write one for her in return. In that way, you've strengthened the bond between the two of you.
2. It's good for your self-esteem. It feels really good to read positive things people say about you. And if you ever feel down about your job search (or life in general), read your LinkedIn recommendations and maybe that will give you a lift.
3. You could get a great statement or idea for your job search. In the Summary of Qualifications section of your resume, in your cover letter, or in your job interview, it might be appropriate to quote a phrase from one of your recommendations. Many people have trouble saying good things about themselves. If you're one of those shy job seekers, let one of your LinkedIn endorsers say it for you!