How do you add your skills to your LinkedIn profile? How many skills should you include and what exactly is an endorsement? Former marine Greg Call answers these questions and more in this tutorial on creating your LinkedIn profile. He'll show you how to easily showcase your skills so employers will know in what areas you excel.
- As you continue to tell your story and establish your professional identity, LinkedIn also offers the feature of adding skills to your profile. This is a simple way to showcase your skills and allows employers to find you easier. When adding skills, choose ones that align with your career aspirations. So let's try this feature out. If you don't have any skills listed on your profile, this section won't appear. To add it, click the view more button. And add the skills section. You'll see a variety of recommended settings. For now, let's just accept all.
The text box is where you can begin adding skills. We're going to go ahead and add operations management and team leadership to Nathan''s profile. Now if your skill doesn't appear, just completely type in the skill name in the text box. Then click add. You can add up to 50 skills. But let's just start with 10. Maintaining a relevant list of skills on your profile will help others understand your strengths, and match you with the right opportunities.
You can also choose the order by manually clicking on the grey colored boxes, and dragging them. Always try to organize your skills in the order of importance for your professional identity. Don't be discouraged if your skill section looks a little light right now. Once you start connecting with other members on LinkedIn, and building your professional network, your skills will get noticed. And you'll start receiving endorsements. Now endorsements are when your connections vouch for specific skills that they know you have. This is a critical component of your profile, as recruiters and employers see this as validation.
The cool part is you can return the favor by endorsing your connections for skills that you know they have. Endorsing others also helps keep strong connections with the people in your network. You may find that after endorsing a colleague from the past, it is easier to reach out to them because you've recently been in touch. Remember, you can always go back and add or remove skills. Or reorder, depending on the jobs you're looking for. And endorsements are a simple and easy way to build your professional career and network, as it adds credibility to your network. And don't forget to pay it forward.
Endorsing others is a great way to recognize your colleagues skills you've seen them demonstrate.
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- Drawing attention to your LinkedIn profile
- Writing a compelling summary
- Adding your skills, experience, and education
- Growing your LinkedIn network
- Finding open job opportunities
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