Decide which skills you want to add to your profile so others can endorse your work.
- [Instructor] In this video, we'll take a look at how to add skills to your linkedin profile. What are some of the things that you're good at? What skills do you possess that define who you are and what you do? And I want you to start makin' a list of the traits that make you uniquely you. And as you brainstorm those, consider adding these as skills that people can endorse you for on linkedin. Now if you need help getting started, I recommend asking a trusted mentor, maybe a boss or some coworkers, about what comes to mind for them. These are skills which you can add to your profile.
Linkedin actually prompts me down here because we haven't yet added any. So it says Add skills to showcase your expertise. And then below that it gives a pretty interesting statistic. Members with more than five skills are 27 times more likely to be discovered in searches by recruiters. That's pretty significant. So I'm going to go ahead and click on Add skills. So it gives me this pop-up that lets us start adding in our skills. Now I actually have access to Tracy's Resume over here.
And she does list some of these skills. For instance, graphic design, so I'm going to start typing in graphic design, and that is one that's pre-populated. After this, I'm going to click on Add another skill. I'll type in digital marketing. Like I said, some of these will pre-populate. If they don't, that's okay, you can type them in anyways and they will appear. Here's another one, art direction, social media, and creative strategy.
So I'm going to add those five for now. And when I have them done I'll click Add to Profile. Now it says Looking good, Tracy. Here are the new skills listed on your profile. I'll click Done, and I'm going to make this screen full again. So if we scroll down, you'll notice on the bottom that it says featured skills and endorsements. And we always have that ability to go back in and add a new skill, and we can do that by clicking here and again start adding a skill. I'll close that for now because we have the skills we want.
Now it will always list your top three skills, the ones you've been endorsed for the most. In this case, you'll see that it says you don't have any endorsements for this skill yet. But that's because we just added them to her account. Now in order to show you what this looks like, I'll switch over to my account quickly. And if you scroll to the bottom, you'll see some of the skills that I entered in here. For instance Teacher Training, which is something I'm very passionate about, and I have 99 plus endorsements for this. So over here it will tell me the people that have endorsed me, if I were to click and open this.
Over here I'm also endorsed for educational technology and curriculum development, and then here I have 37 more skills that I've listed. Some of them I've only been endorsed a couple times for, others I've been endorsed a fair amount of times. Whenever done with that I can go ahead and click see less and it will go back to just showing the ones I've been endorsed for the most. I'll switch back over to Tracy's profile. Now in this section, you do have the ability to enter up to 50 different skills. And I would recommend that you list any skills that you feel you posses and that other people may endorse you for.
In addition to your specific technical skills, this may include public speaking, collaboration, leadership, and more. Now you may not feel comfortable adding too many skills to this, and you definitely don't want to stretch it and start adding skills that you don't really possess. But don't sell yourself short. Give people the opportunity to endorse you for skills. If you have some that are not being endorsed or you feel like you really aren't strong at them anymore, you can always go back and delete them. I would recommend that you start off by adding at least five to ten different skills, and then continue to add skills as you think of them.
So once you have skills in your account you can ask people that you've worked with if they'll endorse you for skills, much in the same way that you'd ask someone to be a reference for you. Another way, and one that's a little easier, is to have your connections automatically prompted. You can do this by adjusting your endorsement settings right here at the bottom of this section. So if I click here on all the skills, you'll see down here a link for adjust endorsement settings. And I think this is really important. It says Manage how you receive and give endorsements.
So first of all I want to be endorsed. I would click yes, that you do want to be endorsed. Include me in endorsement suggestions to my connections. Again, I would click yes. This means that every once in a while your connections will receive messages that say "Would you like to endorse this person for this particular skill?" And they will have the option to click on that. So that's a great way that people will begin to endorse you because they'll be prompted for it and you don't even have to go out and ask them. Also down here, show me suggestions to endorse my connections, so do you want to receive suggestions on who you can endorse? I think it's a great idea to endorse people that you know do something well.
It's not a good idea to endorse people you don't even know or if you don't have familiarity with what they do. In this case I'm going to leave all of these checked. I think it's good leave those all as yes. And it will allow you to start accumulating those endorsements. So including these skills in your profile, and eventually receiving endorsements really helps people to understand you better and see at a glance, what you're really good at. When you get to the place where a number of people have endorsed you for certain skills, it sends a strong signal to a recruiter, a potential employer, a connection, or a boss, that this is something that you're likely very good at.
Over time your endorsements will start to accumulate. So I suggest getting started with this right away.
- Creating an effective LinkedIn profile
- Configuring a public profile and profile URL
- Finding and adding connections
- Exploring messages
- Navigating LinkedIn Groups
- Following companies and influencers
- Exploring the feed
- Publishing articles
- Configuring privacy settings
- Exploring account types
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 02/16/2018. What changed?
A: New videos were added that cover exploring company insights and improving your search on LinkedIn.