Join Justin Seeley for an in-depth discussion in this video Setting up a new LinkedIn profile, part of Up and Running with LinkedIn.
- Setting up your new LinkedIn profile is actually pretty straightforward. In this movie, I'm going to be walking you through those steps to show you exactly how it's done. First thing you need to do is go to linkedin.com inside of your web browser. And, once you're on LinkedIn.com, take a look at the right hand side of your screen where you see the heading Get Started - It's free. This is where you're going to start filling out your profile information. So, the first thing I'm going to do is fill out a name for myself. Now, in this case, I'm going to be using a fictional account because I already have a personal LinkedIn account. So, I'm just going to use Kramer Johnson for this.
And, my email address is going to be firstname.lastname@example.org. And then, you'll have to enter in your password as well. So, in this case, I'll just make one up. You want to make sure that your password is pretty secure though. I actually recommend a service like LastPass or 1Password in order to generate a secure password for yourself. And, later on in this course, I'm going to show you how to enable something called two-factor authentication to make sure your LinkedIn profile is as secure as it can be. Once you have all this information filled out, just go ahead and click Join now.
And, that's going to take you to, maybe, this verification screen. It doesn't always happen, but occasionally it does. I'm gonna tell my browser not to save this. It's gonna say, "We need to verify that you're not a robot." "Please complete this security check." And, so all I have to do now is type out these numbers right here, and click Continue. And, so once I do that, it's going to take me to the second step in the profile creation process. So, it's going to say, "Kramer, let's start creating your professional profile." Okay. No problem. Let's go right here to the zip code. I'll type out my zip code. And then, underneath there, I get to tell LinkedIn whether or not I'm Employed, I'm a Job Seeker or I'm a Student.
In this case, I am Employed. And my Job title is going to be Lead Graphic Designer. And, I'm going to set my Company as Two Trees Creative. Now, you'll notice as I typed there, that some companies started to come up in a list. If your Company has a Company page added on LinkedIn already, you could find your company and then link your profile to that as one of their employees, making it easier for colleagues to find you in search. Under the Industry tab here, I'm going to drop that down, and I'm going to select Design.
And then, at the bottom, once you've filled out all of this information, you're going to click Create profile. So, once I create my profile, it's going to take me here to this screen where it's going to ask me to add my email address. Now, in this case, I'm gonna recommend that you skip this step for one very specific reason. If you were to enter in your email address here, basically, what they're going to be doing is uploading your contacts into LinkedIn, and then allowing you to add those people as connections. However, I don't think that you should add people as connections, until you have a fully filled out LinkedIn profile.
So for now, we're just gonna click Skip. Then, confirm that you wanna skip it by clicking Skip again. And, that's gonna take you to this screen where it tells me that a confirmation email has been sent to my email address. And, if I go over to my web mail client, I can see there is a LinkedIn message there asking me to confirm my email address. I'll click on that, and then, what I'll do is just move this so you could see it a little bit better. It says, "Please confirm your email address." And then, all you have to do is click the big yellow button. When you click the big yellow button, that's gonna take you back to this section. Once again, it's going to ask you to enter in your email address.
Once again, we will skip this step. And then, we will click Skip to confirm it again. Once you have done that, it's gonna take you to this screen where it tells you, you can get the app for every device you carry, if you are wanting to download the mobile application for Android, Windows, Blackberry, or iPhone and iPad, you can do so from this screen. However, we're gonna do that a little bit later in the course. So for now, I'm just gonna click Skip. And, that's gonna take me to this screen. We're gonna talk a little bit about the differences between upgrading to a premium account a little bit later on in the course.
So for now, I'm just gonna choose the Basic account over here on the far right hand side. You'll notice that if you choose the Premium account, you do get access to several new features on LinkedIn, but you do have to pay for this, and the plans start at $24.95. Again, we'll go over all of that in just a little bit. For now, let's just click Basic, and continue on. Once we have clicked through all of this information, we are now on LinkedIn. We have a profile, and we're ready to start filling it out so that we can create our professional online resume.
- 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