Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Curate your skills, part of Learning LinkedIn Premium Career.
- [Instructor] Another important facet of your LinkedIn profile is the featured skills and endorsements section. This is where you can highlight the range of skills you possess. What makes this area unique though is when your connections, meaning the people you know, endorse your skills. So instead of just padding your profile with skills that might be difficult for potential employers to confirm that you actually have, endorsements allow your connections to recognize and acknowledge that the fact that you do indeed possess these skills. And the more connections you have who believe you to be proficient in a skill, the more endorsements you'll rack up on your profile.
So here you can see that Reggie already has some skills listed. And we can see the names of members he's been endorsed by for these particular skills. I'll click the add new skill button. Now you can add up to 50 skills to your profile. Here, just start typing the name of a skill and you can select any of the suggested skills that start popping up or just keep typing if there are no suggestions. And once I've added that, if I click view more, I'll see that it's been added here. Now to make sure people in your network can endorse you for your skills, click the edit button and then click adjust endorsement settings.
First, you have the option to say that yes, you do want to be endorsed. This is what will allow your connections to confirm that you have certain skills so leave this on if you want them to have that ability. Below that is the option to have you show up when people in your network are logged in, asking them to endorse you for some of your skills. So with this option on, boxes show up above your connections' profiles when they log in that say things like does Reggie know about Microsoft Word? Or does Reggie know about financial accounting? Similarly, below that, we have the show me suggestions to endorse my connections switch.
And when that's enabled, that will make endorsement suggestions for your connections show up when you log in to your account. I'll just close this for now, leaving all three of these enabled. Now you can also add endorsements to your connections by going to their pages. And I'll just scroll up a bit here. And here's one of my connections. I'll just click on his name to go to his profile. And then you can scroll down to their featured skills and endorsements. I can view all of them here and then click the plus button next to the skills you want to endorse.
As more of your connections endorse your skills, it'll start to provide a more accurate representation of who you are and where your strengths lie and could as a result, increase the likelihood that you'll be discovered for job opportunities related to the skills you possess. So be sure to take some time to endorse the skills of your connections and they'll most likely return the favor and add their own endorsements to your profile. It's also a great way to keep in touch with your connections without having to directly interact with or message them or take up their time. Unless they've turned the option off, they'll get alerts and see your name whenever you add an endorsement.
And you might find they're more willing to reply or to help out if you contact them in the future.