After you create your account on LinkedIn, you will be taken to your profile page. Your profile is the backbone of your LinkedIn account, and it's where you get to show off all of your great qualifications! In this tutorial, we'll show you how to fill it out (and fill it out well) and add a photo of yourself to boot.
P.S. If you want to come back to your profile and edit it again after signing up for an account, simply log into your account at www.linkedin.com and click Profile in the menu across the top.
Let's start building your profile by adding a photo to it. To begin, simply click Add a Photo.
In the window that pops up, click Browse. This will open an explorer window where you can look through your computer files for a photo of yourself that you want to use on LinkedIn. Make sure it's a nice photo of yourself that makes you look professional. Click it to select it, and then click Open.
Once your picture loads, you can click and drag the yellow outline around to select the area of your picture that you want to use. You can also click the two arrows underneath it to rotate your picture 90 degrees counter-clockwise or clockwise, respectively.
You can also move your mouse cursor over the lock icon and select the privacy level of your photo:
- My Connections: only people whom you're directly connected with on LinkedIn can see it.
- My Network: only your connections, their connections, and the connections of those people can see it.
- Everyone: anyone on LinkedIn can see it.
(We'll talk more about LinkedIn Connections in our next tutorial if you're interested)
When you're done making changes, click Save.
There are three basic things that you should have on your LinkedIn profile: education, work experience, and contact details. Let's start by clicking Add Education in your main profile window.
You will be taken to a window where you can fill in the details of your education.
Click in each of the boxes or drop-down menus highlighted in the screenshot above and type in or select:
- The name of your school
- The dates that you attended your school
- The degree that you were (or are) pursuing
- Your field of study
- The overall grade that you achieved
- School organizations that you belonged to, or school activities that you participated in
- Any other details about your studies
Note that the name of your school is the only required information, but the more that you fill in, the better a sense that potential employers will get of who you are and what you can do.
When you're done, click Save.
If you want to add other education information (such as if you're separating your elementary, secondary, and post-secondary education), click Add Education and repeat step 2 above. You can also click one of the buttons beside "Add Media" to add a relevant accompanying document or link, such as to a senior thesis paper or major video or slideshow project.
Now, let's add your work experience. Scroll back up to your main profile window and click Add Experience.
Here, the process is similar to adding your education.
Click in each of the boxes and drop-down menus highlighted in the screenshot above and type in or select:
- The name of the company that you work for
- Your job title at that company
- Where your company is located
- When you worked for that company (click the box beside "I Currently Work Here" to avoid having to enter an end date)
- A detailed description of what you do at your job
Note that while you should fill in as much information as you can, only your company's name, your job title, and your work timeframe are required information.
When you're done, click Save.
As with adding your education, you can click Add Position and repeat step 5 above if you have had more than one job during your career. Also, underneath a job, you can click one of the buttons beside "Add Media" to link a sample of your work, if applicable.
Finally, let's add some information about how people can contact you. Scroll back up to your main profile window, and click Contact Info.
Here, you can click the pencil icon beside any item to edit:
- Your email address
- Your ID on an instant messaging program (such as Skype)
- Your phone number
- Your address (or company address)
- Your Twitter handle
- Your WeChat ID
- Any personal or business websites associated with you
Note that the first four will only be visible to your connections on LinkedIn, while the last three will be visible to anyone.
There's even more information that you can add to your profile! Click View More below your main profile window, and then select another field to add information to! Do you know more than one language? Have you volunteered with any local organizations? What do you like to do in your spare time? Show off even more of what you can do!
That's a quick primer on how to set up your LinkedIn profile, including adding a photo! Be sure to read up on the rest of our course on LinkedIn so you can learn all about how to make connections, add skills and endorsements, how to find jobs, and how to contact LinkedIn if you ever run into issues.
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