Discover how to add your education and each job's work experience, including a focus on career achievements.
- [Instructor] In this video, we'll take a look at how to add your work experience, and education to your LinkedIn profile. While it does take some work up front, taking the time to add in your education, as well as all of your work positions to LinkedIn, is going to pay off in the long term. In this video, we're going to add Tracy's current job, and her education to her profile, which will help round it out with some additional information that she can use for networking. So let's get started by clicking on the pencil icon, in the upper right, and inside of here we can edit her positions, as well as her education.
Now I have here, Add current position. Yours may be already pre-populated, it did have it in here, and I accidentally erased it in between videos, but that is Add current position, and it simply asks the title, which in this case she is Creative Director, I'll click on that. And the company is Explore California. And it is not the one that's pre-populating here, so I'll click outside of that. This is in Ventura, California.
And Tracy worked here from March of 2012, and then over here we put when she finished working there. Now, in this case, she actually still works there. So, on the left hand side, I'm going to click I currently work here. I'll click that, and it says that she presently works there. And when I'm done, I can click on Save. If you wanted, we could add another current position, we could add education. I'm going to close this out for right now, and we'll scroll down and see down here, under Experience, it has that job.
So it says Creative Director, Explore California, March 2012 to Present, it tells how long she worked there, and where it's at. Now, if I scroll back up, click on the pencil icon again. I'll scroll down here, and I want to add a new education. So, in other words, right now, if I wanted to add another work position, and this is something I strongly recommend doing, is going back at least 10 to 15 years, on your work positions, is to click Add new position. So if I clicked here, we again would be able to start adding in Tracy's job that she had before that.
Now I'm going to close this out. And instead I want to go to Add new education. Here it asks the school, Tracy went to the Roux Academy, in New York. Down here, for degree, it's asking us what type of degree, and she earned a Bachelor's degree. And that degree was in Graphic Design, so that pre-populates, and I can click on it. Then you can enter in Grade, Activities and societies, and more. I'm going to leave those blank for now.
Down here, From Year, and she attended there from 2005, until 2009. And then, if you want, you can leave a description, which is probably a good idea, in this case I'm going to leave that blank. Now, when we're done, I'm going to click Save, I'll close this out. And if you scroll down, we'll notice here, in Tracy's account, that she now has Experience, which is her work position, for Creative Director, as well as her Education, which is Roux Academy.
Now one thing I want to do, inside of her job experience, is to click here on the pencil icon, and down below where it has the description, I do actually want to give a description. I think especially for your jobs, it's important to enter in what it is that you did, what it is that you accomplished. So here I'm actually going to take a look at Tracy's resume, which I have over here in a Word document. And for her job at Explore California, she has some bullet points in here, of things that she did.
So I'm going to go ahead and paste that in here, for the description. I'm going to get rid of Creative Director, because we already have that, and then I'll click on Save. Now, once I do that, if you scroll down, you'll notice here that now it kind of gives a description of what she did, when working at Explore California. Leading Brand and Marketing creative teams. Work with production to establish process and standards for brand and marketing, and so on. Now, for the sake of this video, I used this quick, easy way to fill in this box.
But I strongly encourage you to rework this field, so that it looks more powerful. Don't only list what you do at the job, and your duties, but make sure that you focus on some of the highlights, or the wins that you've had, so that it's a compelling reason to take a second look at the rest of your profile. In this case, I'd do this by elaborating on some of these bullet points, and give more specifics, showing how Tracy accomplished these things. I'd be sure to showcase times when Tracy was innovative, showed communication or collaboration skills, or used other important skills.
Doing this can really make the difference between an ordinary profile, and one that stands out for a recruiter, potential employer, or someone you want to connect with. Now that we've created some work experience, as well as educational experience, you can use the plus buttons here to add as many different additional positions, or educational experiences as you'd like. Feel free to go back as far as you're comfortable for work positions. I suggest at least 10 to 15 years, if you have that much job experience, and even further, if you'd like to.
- 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.