Discover how to add your work experience to your LinkedIn profile.
- [Instructor] As a student, you likely don't have a lot of work experience, which is okay. If you do have experience, however, you should list these on your profile. This could be part-time jobs, summer jobs, or internships that you've had. Let's take a look at how to add work experience to your LinkedIn profile. On the right-hand side, you'll notice here where it says Add new profile sections. If I click on this tab, I can choose from several different ones and in this case, the top one says Work experience. I'm going to click on that plus and it brings up a popup that allows us to begin adding experience.
It's nice because the LinkedIn Wizard will walk you right through what it is that you need to enter in. So, first of all, for Zachary, I need to enter in the work experience he has. In this case, right here, he was a Customer Service Representative and as you start typing some of these, a drop-down menu will appear, giving suggestions as to your titles. Now, if it's not in there, that's fine. You can override it and type in whatever your title was. Next you'd type in the company, in this case, it was Landon Hotels.
Most companies, again, will appear here and you can click on them. If they don't, though, you can add it in just like I did here and override that. For the location, type in Santa Barbara. As you can see, it begins showing up there and I can click on it. And he worked there from September 2015 until August of 2017. Now, if you don't have an end date here, you can simply click on I currently work here and it will not enter this.
It will say that you've worked there from, say, September 2015 to Present. Now, down below that you can give a description which can be a great thing to do here if you want to put in some of the things that you did. In this case, I'm going to just type in a couple. Managed incoming calls and customer service inquires, as well as generated sales leads. So, if you did have some things that you accomplished at those positions, it's a great idea to share them here, just to show the skills that you developed through that job.
When doing so, a lot of times bullet points are the best way to go, as they're easy for the viewer to skim through them and see what it is that you did. Once I have that information in, I could upload a media link if I wanted to. In other words, if I had pictures, videos, or say, a website that I wanted to showcase, I could do that here by uploading or linking to those resources. Now, I don't want to add that, so I'm going to click on Save and we've now added this work experience. If I scroll down here, you'll see here under Experience, Customer Service Representative, Landon Hotels, and gives that information.
I'm going to go ahead here now and add another experience for work, and since we already have this category created, I can click on the plus button. Going to go ahead and do that, and it brings up the Wizard again and allows us to start typing in our next experience. So, now I've entered in some information about a second position that Zachary has had and that is a Digital Marketing Intern at KinetEco. Now, down here when I clicked on the fact that he presently works here, or currently works here, it gives me a couple options.
So, I currently work here and then you can update your Headline if you want. Now, remember that we customized our Headline, saying that Zachary is a business marketing student, so I don't want to customize that Headline. It's telling us that we could put in there Digital Marketing Intern at KinetEco Solar, Inc. I don't want to do that, though, so I'm going to uncheck that and then down below, we have the opportunity again for a description. And it's usually a good idea to put in something for a description so that people see that it's not just a job, but a place where you did learn some specific skills.
And it has here that he collaborated on a social media campaign and helped improve customer experience and accessibility on the company website. Down below, sometimes it will ask you if you want to share these profile changes with your network. In this case, Zachary doesn't have a network yet so it wouldn't matter, but in this case, I'm going to click on No for right now. It can be a good idea if you're adding in a position, say, as an intern, that you do want to update your network and tell people that a change has been made to your account and there is something new that you have done.
In this case, I'll click Save on the bottom right and if I scroll down, you'll see here that it will list them in chronological order. So, it's saying that I was a Customer Service Rep a while back at Landon Hotels and now Zachary is a Digital Marketing Intern at KinetEco Solar. Another important thing that you can add to your profile is volunteer experience. Adding volunteer experience is a great way to make your profile stand out and looks great to potential employers and collaborators.
It's important to note, and I hope this is obvious, that you should only list volunteer experiences that you have actively participated in. You don't want to end up in a situation where you're called out for listing something on your profile that you didn't really get involved with. It would defeat the purpose of your profile. So, here let's add a volunteer experience that Zachary has had, and I'm going to go back up to the top and much like we added work experience, we can add this volunteer experience. So, here I'm going to go down to Add new profile section and then scroll down to Volunteer experience.
It will again bring up this Wizard and in this case, it was for Big Brothers and Big Sisters. His role here was Big Brother, the cause was for children, and then I'll put in here the start and finish date. So, this was something that he did from January of 2015 to August of 2017. Now, there are a lot of students who have volunteer experiences, but fail to put them on their LinkedIn account.
I highly recommend that you do add them, they are great to have on your account. Now, you could also click I currently volunteer here as well as give a description, which is usually a good idea. I'm going to click here and enter in a description. Once I have the description in, I'm going to click on Save and now you'll see that Zachary's account is really starting to shape up. We have here a Headline that we're happy with, we have a summary in here for him, and as I scroll down, we do have experience. He has work experience as well as volunteer experience, which looks great.
So, remember that if you have any work experience or volunteer experience, make sure to add it to your LinkedIn profile.
- Creating a LinkedIn profile
- Growing a professional network
- Following companies and influencers
- Sharing updates and articles
- Sending and receiving messages
- Searching for jobs
- Upgrading to LinkedIn Premium
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 10/18/2018. What changed?
A: The following topic was updated: LinkedIn Groups.