Join May Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Education, Honors, Awards, and other features, part of LinkedIn for Veterans.
- Now, at this point, we have the basics of your profile done, and you should be feeling great about your new professional identity. Here are a few other features that could help you connect with opportunity. - [Narrator] The first is filling out your educational background. This section allows you to showcase any educational experience and achievements that you would like to highlight from high school onward. If you are planning to use the GI Bill and go back to school, update this section when you enter school, and continue to update it throughout your educational journey. To do this, click Add Education.
Begin to type the name of your school, and select the school name from the list that appears, or if you can't find it, just type the full name into the text box. Then try to complete the rest of the section. You should at least fill out when you attended the school and your field of study. The next optional feature is Honors and Awards. This section allows you to highlight accomplishments and recognition you might have received in the military. Just write the name of the honor or award, what job title it's associated with, who gave it to you, the date of the recognition, and a short description.
This is a great way to highlight your achievements. The last feature we're going to talk about is getting recommendations from colleagues who can speak to your abilities and contributions, to vouch for you. Having personal advocates give you even more credibility and help catch the eye of potential employers. Once written, the recommendation is displayed on your profile. The best recommendations come from people who know and value your work, leadership, and potential. To ask for a recommendation, go to the profile of the person from whom you want a recommendation.
Click on the ellipsis to the right of the profile photo, and select Request a Recommendation. Identify how you know that person, and indicate your position at the time you were colleagues. There's no limit to the total number or recommendations you can request or receive. You can also enhance your profile by including 12 additional sections ranging from Languages to Courses to Volunteer Experience. Remember, including these extra facts about yourself personalizes your profile and creates a more well-rounded professional identity.
It can also help you connect with other LinkedIn members, recruiters, and employers who will in turn learn more about you. As you'll see, establishing commonalities is key to building an effective professional network. Congrats, you just built a LinkedIn profile and established your professional identity. Take some time before we push forward to review your profile and fill in any gaps. - The rest of this course will show you how to use your profile to build a network, find job opportunities, and enhance your skill set.
Find out how to become a LinkedIn member and discover special offers just for veterans at https://veterans.linkedin.com/.
- Creating a strong LinkedIn profile
- Writing a compelling summary
- Adding your work experience
- Adding skills and endorsements to your profile
- Using the Education, Honors, and Awards features
- Connecting with other LinkedIn members
- Finding open job opportunities
- Using Linked Learning to build skills
- Getting a free LinkedIn premium subscription