Adding skills to your LinkedIn profile helps showcase your skill set and allows people to endorse you. In this video, learn how to add skills to your LinkedIn profile.
- [Instructor] What are some things that you're good at? What skills do you possess that define who you are and what you do? I want you to start making a list of the traits that make you uniquely you, and as you brainstorm them, consider adding these as skills to your LinkedIn profile underneath the skills section. Your skills could include concepts like web design, social media or sales. It could include software that you know how to use such as Microsoft Excel, Google Drive, or apps like Instagram. It could be people skills such as leadership, public speaking or organization, or any other skills that you possess. Now if you need help getting started, I recommend asking a trusted mentor, a good friend, an instructor, maybe a boss or coworker, about what skills they feel that you possess. These are skills that you can then add to your LinkedIn profile. Let's take a look at how to add skills to Maria's account. Here on her account profile, I'm going to click on the Add profile section button. Now, from here there's a section titled Skills, and to that right of that, we have the plus button. I'll click that. And this brings up a pop-up box where we can begin entering skills. Now you'll see here that it says you can add 50 more skills, so you have the ability to add 50 skills to your LinkedIn profile, and I do recommend taking advantage by adding anything that you're skilled at in here. Now you'll see down below that it gives some suggestions based off of information we've already entered into Maria's account. And as you can see, they're pretty spot-on. Marketing, campaigns, customer experience, and more. Let me go ahead and add a couple of these. Let's say social media and leadership, and then they're added up here. And then I want to add a couple others that are not listed below. I'll add Adobe Illustrator. Pops up here and I can click on it. Also add blogging, and let's add one more, and we'll make that public speaking. So when I'm done, I can go down to the bottom and click on Add. Now once we've done that, I'm going to scroll down in Maria's account, and you'll see here that there is now a skills and endorsements section. This is huge. This is important to let people know the things that you are skilled at. Now, you may not feel comfortable adding too many skills, and you don't want to stretch this too much. Don't add skills that you don't really feel you possess, but also don't sell yourself short. Listing skills does a few things. It lets other people know what skills you possess. It helps to add keywords to your profile, and it allows for other people to endorse you and interact with your profile. Now you can see here that Maria doesn't have any endorsements for these skills, but that makes sense. We've just added them. Let's take a look at her classmate, Shad Cayden. This is his account, and when we scroll down, we can see that he has here customer service, management and public speaking. Next to that we have these numbers showing how many people have endorsed him for those, and he has four of them here. You can click on it to see who they are. We'll close that out. And there are some more. So over time you'll start to accumulate these. I'm going to take a look at my profile, and if I scroll down, under my skills section you'll see that over time, I've accumulated a lot of endorsements. So here under educational technology, I have 99 plus. Same for curriculum development and more. Now I'm showing this not to say that I'm more skilled than you are, but just to show you that it takes time to get these endorsements. I've had this account for years and years and over time, the amount of endorsements built up. Back here on Maria's page, once she starts to get those, it will list them here. At any time that you want to add a new skill, you can click here, add new skill. In the same way, they'll give recommendations or you can type them up there. If you want to get rid of a skill, you can click on the pencil icon, and then go ahead and delete it. So there have been times that I thought I was skilled at something such as a software, but over time I started to forget it and I went in and removed that as a skill 'cause I don't feel I'm skilled at it anymore. Now you'll notice in here, when I clicked on that pencil icon, at the bottom there's a section titled Adjust endorsement settings. I'm going to click on that. And here there's three things that we can adjust. First, do you want to be endorsed? If you don't, you can click this off. I recommend keeping that on. Next, include me in endorsement suggestions to my connections. This is an important one to have on. Every once in a while LinkedIn will prompt your connections and say, "Do you feel "that this person is skilled in this?" And then people will have the ability to endorse you for that skill. So it brings it up front of mind to some of your connections. And then on the bottom, show me suggestions to endorse my connections. I think this is another great way to get connections and that is to endorse others for skills that you believe they possess. I found that when you do this, a lot of times those people will turn around and then endorse you for things they feel that you're skilled at. So I'm going to keep all three of these on and then close that out. So take the time to figure out which skills that you possess and which ones would be beneficial to add to your LinkedIn profile. Once you've done that, create a skills and endorsement section, and add them.
- Creating a LinkedIn profile
- Growing a professional network
- Following companies and influencers
- Sharing updates and content
- Sending and receiving messages
- Searching for jobs
- Upgrading to LinkedIn Premium
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 10/18/2018. What changed?
A: The following topic was updated: LinkedIn Groups.