LinkedIn Skills and Endorsements

Last updated: April 25, 2017 - 9:21pm EDT

We all know that resumes are not always the best way to showcase individual skills you posess - there's just no space to explain all of the things you have learned from your various experiences in only a couple of pages. This is one of the great ways LinkedIn is a resource for you to find jobs, and showcase your skills to potential employers better than you can with the traditional methods. If you're serious about showcasing your skills, be sure to read more about how LinkedIn skills can help you do this, and how you can have your friends and colleagues vouch for you directly on your profile! 

What are LinkedIn skills?

"Skills" on LinkedIn are different business-related competencies that you can add to your profile to show potential employers what you're good at. For example, you may know something about computer programming, operating heavy machinery, or how to administer CPR, and "Skills" can help you show it.

What is endorsement in LinkedIn?

"Endorsement" on LinkedIn is when your connections vouch for the "Skills" you have listed on your profile, which shows potential employers that you aren't artificially puffing yourself up. Instead, there are real people you know and trust who can say with confidence that you're able to do what you say you can.

How to add skills to your LinkedIn profile

  1. Go to www.linkedin.com in your web browser and log in.

  2. Click Profile in the menu across the top.

    LinkedIn profile button

  3. Underneath your main profile window, click View More (if necessary) and click Add Skills.

    LinkedIn add skills button

  4. If you want your connections to be able to endorse your skills, make sure the "Yes" button beside "I Want to Be Endorsed" is selected.

    Edit your LinkedIn skills

    You can also click the check boxes here to select or deselect them and decide whether or not:

    - You want your connections to receive emails suggesting that they endorse your skills
    - You want to get suggestions of skills from your connections for you to endorse
    - You want to receive emails when your connections endorse your skills

    Then, click in the box labelled "What Are Your Areas Of Expertise?" and type in something business-related that you can do.  You can click on a suggestion that LinkedIn gives you via a drop-down menu, or click Add to post your skill as-is.

    You can add up to 50 skills to your profile.  To remove a skill from your list, click the "X" beside it.  When you're done adding skills, click Save.

How to endorse a connection's skills on LinkedIn

  1. Assuming that you're still on LinkedIn, click Connections in the menu across the top.

    LinkedIn connections button

  2. Once you're on your "Connections" page, click the connection whom you want to endorse in the middle column, and then click their name in the right column to go to their profile.

    Select a LinkedIn connection

  3. Once you're on your connection's profile page, scroll to their "Skills" section.  There, you will see the skills they have listed for themselves, how often they've been endorsed, and by whom they've been endorsed.

    Endorsing LinkedIn skills

    Click the "+" icon beside a listed skill to endorse it for your connection.

That's a brief explanation of "Skills" on LinkedIn, including how to add your own and how to endorse those of your connections! Remember, this is a key component of showcasing your abilities, so it's important to continue to add skills to your profile as time goes on, and it's important to help your friends and colleagues out by endorsing them!

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