Join Justin Seeley for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding work experience, part of Up and Running with LinkedIn.
- Much like a traditional resume, the work experience section of your LinkedIn profile is very important. After all, this is where recruiters and potential employers are gonna go to see exactly who you are and where you've been working. In this movie, I'll walk you through adding positions to your work history. Let's scroll down to the bottom of our profile page, and you'll notice that past the Summary, I have a small section called Experience. In the Experience section, it's most likely already populated with some information that you entered in during the creation portion of your profile earlier in the course. However, if there's no information here, that's no big deal.
You can always just hover and click Add position. In this case, though, I'm going to focus on editing the current information that's already there. For instance, it says Lead Graphic Designer, Two Trees Creative, and it does have a date. I need to refine this information, though, to give a more complete picture of exactly what my work experience is like. In this case, I'm going to click on this to edit it. Once I do that, I'm gonna type out Lead Web Designer because that is my actual title, so Lead Web Designer. And we'll do Greater Los Angeles Area.
Then the Time Period, I'm going to set at January 2008 to Present because I currently do work here. The Description, this should be something that accurately portrays what you are doing in your current position. I actually have one typed up here in my Text Edit application, and I'll just copy it over and then we'll paste it in. You can see here, I'll expand it down a little bit so you can see it better, that I've included things like I'm responsible for leading all design efforts for external client website projects. Additional responsibilities include working with our marketing team to drive the look and feel of client sites, translating business requirements into intuitive user interfaces, and developing wireframes and design comps for client approval.
Now, you want to make sure that you proofread all of this to make sure everything is exactly as it should be, and then once you have it completed out, all you have to do is click Save. Once you do that, it's going to then save that information to your profile, and you have a new Experience section, like the one you see here. If you need to add some positions in order to give a more complete picture of your work history, simply click on Add position. Once you do that, it's going to then give you the same interface that you had just a few moments ago. You'll enter in a Company Name, a Title, a Location, choose your Time Period, set your Description and then click Save.
You do this for each individual position that you want to feature on your LinkedIn profile. My recommendation is anywhere between three to five positions, depending on your length of work history. If you have a limited work history, that's okay, too. Simply putting your current position is a lot better than nothing. If you find yourself in a position where you don't need to add any information like this, you can simply hit Cancel and continue on your way. Remember, your work history is one of the most important pieces of your profile because this is where people go to get a snapshot of all of your work experience throughout the years.
Make sure you fill it out fully and truthfully.
- What makes a LinkedIn profile stand out?
- Adding work experience and education to your profile
- Finding and adding contacts
- Sending messages
- Sharing status updates and content from the web
- Asking for, and providing, recommendations
- Interacting with companies
- Finding a job on LinkedIn
- Starting and growing a group
- Managing your account