In addition to your photo, headline, summary, work experience and skills, it's also important to explore additional features that you can add to your profile. In this video, you will learn how to add your education, honors and awards to your LinkedIn Profile. You'll also learn how to ask for recommendations.
- 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 can help you connect with opportunity. 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 onto your profile top card.
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 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, move your cursor over the profile's top card.
Find the View Profile as button and move the cursor left over the drop down menu. Select and click on ask to be recommended. Choose what job title you want to be recommended for, and select who you want to ask. You can request a recommendation from up to three connections at once. There's no limit to the total number of recommendations you can request or receive. You can also enhance your profile by including 12 additional sections ranging from languages to courses and 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 will see, establishing commonalities is key to building an effective professional network. Congrats! You've just built a LinkedIn profile, and established a 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.
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- Drawing attention to your LinkedIn profile
- Writing a compelling summary
- Adding your skills, experience, and education
- Growing your LinkedIn network
- Finding open job opportunities
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