LinkedIn Search

If you're looking for something particular on LinkedIn, try a search. You can search for people, companies, jobs, groups, educational institutions, stuff that people post, and more! You can also refine your search in various ways, such as narrowing down locations, or filtering based on connections to your industry or people whom you know.

How to search LinkedIn

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

  2. Click in the search box across the top of the screen and type in something that you'd like to search for on LinkedIn. You can click to select one of the suggestions, or you can click the magnifying glass icon (or press the "Enter" key on your keyboard) to search for exactly what you typed in.

    LinkedIn search bar

  3. Once you're on the results screen, you can refine your results in various ways.  Note that some filters may require you to be subscribed to LinkedIn Premium (so we haven't listed them here).

    If you're searching on LinkedIn, you can use the menu across the top to narrow your search based on:

    – Top results
    – People
    – Jobs
    – Posts
    – Companies
    – Groups
    – Schools

    Click on any button to narrow the search to the category you are looking for. By default, the "Top" category will be selected.

    Narrow your search results

  4. If you're searching for jobs on LinkedIn, you can use the filter menu on the right to narrow your results by:

    – Where the job is located
    – The company offering the job
    – The date that the job was posted
    – The general job role
    – The industry that the companies offering jobs are in
    – The experience level required for job applicants

    Here's an example of what the search filters look like on the right side of the screen:

    Use search result filters

    Click any box to include only results that meet that criteria. Click any drop-down arrow to expand the filter results.

    See our tutorial on how to find a job on LinkedIn for more information on how to search for and apply for a job on the website that is helping employ more and more people – everyday.

  5. If you're searching for people, you can narrow you search by:

    – Connections level: 1st, 2nd, 3rd+
    – Keywords
    – Locations
    – Current companies
    – Past companies
    – Industries
    – Profile language
    – Nonprofit interests
    – Schools

  6. If you're searching for messages that you've sent or received on LinkedIn, you will be taken to your message inbox. See our LinkedIn Messages tutorial for more information.

  7. Another useful tool is to create a search alert. If you're always searching for the same keywords for jobs, you can click Create Search Alert at the top of your search to be alerted when new jobs appear meeting your search criteria.

    Create search alerts

    You can do this for you searches for jobs, or for people.

 

Those are how to do some of the different kinds of searches on LinkedIn! Hopefully that will help you find something useful, like a great new contact or a job in your field.


LinkedIn Followers

It's no secret that LinkedIn is all about networking. If you're interested in meeting new people, and following the activity of companies or prominent people and what they're posting about and doing in their professional lives, then you should read up on LinkedIn followers, and learn how to keep up with everything you're interested in on LinkedIn.

What are "followers" on LinkedIn?

"Followers" are people on LinkedIn who are not directly connected to you, but are interested in your LinkedIn activity. Following a person or company on LinkedIn allows you to receive updates on content that they have posted publicly on LinkedIn, right from the convenience of your LinkedIn home page.

However, you cannot endorse them, recommend them, or send them messages (at least without LinkedIn Premium) like you can if they are one of your "Connections." But you will automatically "follow" your "Connections" and their activity on LinkedIn.

How to follow a person or company on LinkedIn

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

  2. Search or browse for a person whom you'd like to follow, and then click on their name to go to their profile page.

  3. Under their profile image, click the blue Follow button.

    Follow users on LinkedIn

  4. You can also find companies to follow by searching for a company name, clicking Companies in the search results, and then selecting the name of the company you're interested in to see their profile. Click Follow at the top of the page to start following the activity of a company on LinkedIn.

    Follow a company on LinkedIn

How to get more LinkedIn followers

1. Build up your profile

We gave you some basic information in our turorial on how to write a great LinkedIn profile, but there are many other things that you can add to your profile!  List some of your skills, general interests, volunteer experience, causes that you believe in, and more! The more that other users can see about your professional life, the more likely they'll be interested enough in you to follow you.

2. Contribute to LinkedIn Pulse

People normally follow you on LinkedIn when you have intriguing things to say. The best way to showcase that is on LinkedIn Pulse. Leave a comment on a story that you like, respond to someone else's comment, or try your hand at writing an article yourself!

3.  Join and contribute to groups

Joining groups is another great way to potentially get followers.  Contribute to discussions, ask questions, and provide answers.  The more you help out and keep the discussion going, the more people will want to see what you have to say next!

 

Well, that's a bit about followers on LinkedIn! Who are you following? And how many followers do you have?


LinkedIn Messages

If you are able to use LinkedIn to find a job, or connect with people in a relevant field, you may want to contact them personally. Reaching out to other users who you find through searching, groups, or any other method can be a great way to network and find better opportunities. The best way to do that is LinkedIn messages – so read on to learn about what they are, and how to send them.

What are LinkedIn messages?

Messages on LinkedIn are like LinkedIn's own internal email service. You can send messages to your contacts and connections, and only they can see the information within. You can also send messages to people who aren't connected to you, but this requires you to upgrade to LinkedIn Premium.

How to send a message on LinkedIn

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

  2. Click Messaging on the top menu of any page to access the messages function. If there's a red circle with a number over the Messages icon, it means you have an unread message waiting.

    LinkedIn Messages menu

  3. Here, you can click on any message on the left menu to read it. If you want to respond, simply click in the text box at the bottom, type your message, and press "Enter" to send it.

    Respond to a LinkedIn message

  4. If you want to send a message of your own, click the pencil icon. Type the name of the contact you want to send a message to. Then type your message in the text box at the bottom, and press "Enter" on your keyboard to send the message.

    Send a message on LinkedIn

    You can also click the paper clip to attach a file, or the picture icon to attach an image. This will bring up an explorer window, where you can search your computer for a picture, document, or whatever else you want to show to your contacts.

That's about all you need to know to read and send messages on LinkedIn! Remember that if you ever receive a message with spam, which can sometimes happen as some people use LinkedIn, you should report the message to help protect other users as well! You can also contact LinkedIn customer service if you have any repeated issues with other users.


LinkedIn Groups

If you want to get more involved on LinkedIn, you should consider checking out the "Groups" function. It can really help you get more out of your LinkedIn experience, an help give you a boost to find more people to connect with – especially those in your career field.

What are LinkedIn groups?

"Groups" on LinkedIn are collections of people and companies who are part of the same industries, or who share the same (or similar) interests. Members of groups can share content, such as insights and advice from LinkedIn Pulse, specific questions and answers, contact information, job openings, and more.

How to find and join LinkedIn groups

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

  2. Move your mouse cursor over Work in the menu across the top, and then click Groups.

    LinkedIn groups menu

  3. Click Discover at the top of the page to view LinkedIn's suggestions for groups to join.

    Discover LinkedIn groups

  4. Based on your position, industry, and the information you've entered into your profile, LinkedIn will suggest some groups that you may want to join. Click on a group's name to see more information about it, or click the Ask to Join button at the bottom-right of each listing.

    Ask to join a LinkedIn group

    Note that some groups are private. Many groups love expanding their subsribers, but you do need to be approved. If you try to join a private group, you may have to wait until one of the group's administrators approves your request before you are allowed into that group. If a group is suggested that you aren't interest in, click Not Interested. This will prevent this group from continually being suggested to you, and will help LinkedIn make better suggestions to you in the future.

  5. You can also look for specific groups, or search for groups in a particular category using the LinkedIn search bar. Simply click in the search bar and type the name of a group, or type a category, skill, or genre for a group. After you search, under the search bar, narrow your search by clicking Groups

    Search for specific LinkedIn groups

    From there, click on the name of any group to learn more about it, and click Ask to Join at the top-right of any group page.

    Request to join a LinkedIn group

How to leave a LinkedIn group

  1. Click Work on the main menu at the top of the screen, and click on Groups.

    LinkedIn groups menu

  2. Click My Groups find the group that you want to leave, and click on its name to view it's page.

    Find a group page

  3. Once you're on the page, move your cursor over the box that says "Member." When you hover, it will change to say "Leave." Click this button.

    Button to leave a LinkedIn group

  4. A pop-up box will appear asking if you really want to leave the group. Click Confirm if you're sure you want to leave.

    Confirm you want to leave the group

    Keep in mind that if you leave a group and want to rejoin in the future, you will still need to be accepted – even though you were once a member.

How to create a LinkedIn group

  1. Move your mouse cursor over Work on the menu across the top, and click Groups.

    LinkedIn groups menu

  2. Click My Groups in the top-left of the page.

    Access your LinkedIn groups

  3. Click Create a Group.

    Create a LinkedIn group button

  4. From there, you will need to fill out the form for creating a group on LinkedIn. Click in each box a fill out your answer as it pertains to your group.

    Form to create a LinkedIn group

    Make sure you enter the following information:
    – Group title
    – Upload an image of your group logo
    – Description of what your group is about/what it will do
    – Group rules
    – Choose group membership (is your group public or private)

    When you're finished, click Save Changes.
    Note that all fields of this form are mandatory, except the group rules, and a group logo.

How to close a LinkedIn group

  1. First, you need to find your group. Click Work in the main menu, and then click Groups.

    LinkedIn Groups top menu

  2. Click My Groups, and then click on the name of the group you want to delete.

    Your LinkedIn Groups menu

  3. At the top-right of the page, click Manage.

    Manage your groups menu

  4. On the left menu, click Group Details. This will take you to the menu where you can delete the group.

    Group Details menu

  5. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen, and click the red Delete Group button.

    Delete group button

  6. You will be asked if you're sure you want to delete the group, Click Confirm if you're ready to end your group's run on LinkedIn.

    Confirm that you want to delete the group

    And that's all there is to it!

 

That's our introduction to LinkedIn groups: how to find and join them, leave them, create them, and delete them! Be sure to read the rest of our LinkedIn course to learn more about great topics like how to search, how to find jobs, how to showcase your skills, and how to create a great profile on LinkedIn.


LinkedIn Recommendations

LinkedIn is all about the connection you can make, and showcasing your skills to potential employers. One of the best ways to do this is with "Recommendations," which can be a great way to make an impression on a potential future employer.

What are recommendations on LinkedIn?

Recommendations are comments written by LinkedIn users about their connections. Usually, they are written with respect to what the person has seen their connection do in terms of their work: their effort, their precision, their skill, and so on. They're testaments from people whom you know and trust about what you're like on the job, and they mean a lot in the eyes of potential employers.

You can only send recommendations to your "Connections," and you can only receive recommendations from them as well.  This is, again, why it's important to have a large list of connections on LinkedIn.

How to write a LinkedIn recommendation for a connection

1. Access your LinkedIn connections.

Across your top menu on any page, click My Network to access your menu listing all of your connections.

LinkedIn Network menu

2. Find the connection you want to write the recommendation for.

On this page, click See All to view all of your LinkedIn connections. Scroll through or type the name of the person you want to recommend in the Search Connections search bar. Once you find them, click their name to visit their profile.

Find the connection to recommend

3. Click for more options, and then click Recommend [Name].

At the top of their profile, click the more options button (three horizontal dots), and then click Recommend [Name] at the bottom of the pop-up menu that appears.

Recommend a LinkedIn connection

4. Fill out the recommendation form, explain your relationship, and write with as much detail as you can.

You will be taken to a form to fill out, which make it simple to write your recommendation. All you have to do is click in each box or on each drop-down menu, and fill out whatever information you think is relevant. There are 3 sections to fill out:

1. The name of your connection – Once you type this in and select their name from the suggestions, the other two sections will appear.
2. Your relationship – How you know them, and what positions they held in the capacity in which you know them.
3. The recommendation – In your own words, what they did well, and what you observed them do in the time you knew them.

LinkedIn recommendation form

Make sure you include as much detail as you can – the more you can write, the better you can help them. Remember, your connection wants this recommendation to impress a potential employer, so use correct grammar and language in your description of them, and use as many specific examples of their skills as you can. It may be a good idea to type out your recommendation in a word processor first, and edit it, before you submit it.

5. Save it, and send your recommendation.

When you've reviewed the recommendation, click the blue Send button at the bottom of the page. You recommendation will be sent off immediately.

A shortcut to this process can be achieved as well by visiting www.linkedin.com/recs/give, and then typing in the name of one of your connections. From there, fill out the form as normal!

How to ask for recommendations on LinkedIn

If you don't want to wait around for your connections to write you a recommendation, you can request them from your contacts, past colleagues, and past employers. Here are the steps:

1. Find the LinkedIn connection you want to receive a recommendation from.

This is the same as steps 1 and 2 above. Simply access your connections by clicking My Network on the main menu, and then click the name of the person you want to receive a recommendation from to view their profile.

Access LinkedIn connections

2. Click to view more options, and click Request a Recommendation from the drop-down menu.

Click the more options (three horizontal lines) button, and select Request a Recommendation near the bottom of the drop-down menu. This will open a window to allow you to request a recommendation from your contact.

Request a recommendation from a LinkedIn connection

3. Indicate how you know them, and your position at the time you worked with them.

Clicking on both of the drop-down boxes, indicate your Relationship to the person you’re requesting a recommendation from, and your Position at the Time. When you’re finished, click Next.

Indicate relationship and job positions

4. Personalize your recommendation request, and click Send.

On the next screen, you’ll be given a basic message, indicating that you’d like to receive a recommendation from this contact. If you want, click in the text box and type additional information. This is your opportunity to remind them of things you may have done, or specific skills you would like them to mention in the recommendation.

Personalize recommendation message

When you’re happy with your message, click the blue Send button.

 

That's our primer on LinkedIn recommendations: what they are, how to give them to your connections, and how to ask for them from your connections!


LinkedIn Skills and Endorsements

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 Me in the menu across the top.

    LinkedIn profile menu

  3. At the top-right of the page, click Add New Profile Section.

    Add new section to LinkedIn profile

  4. On the drop-down menu, scroll down and click Skills, and then click the "+" symbol.

    Add skills to your LinkedIn profile

  5. Click in the box marked "Skill" and begin typing. Click on any suggestion that pops up, and then click Add. You can also write your own skill, and just click Add if no suggestions pop up.

    Add specific skills to your LinkedIn profile

    You can do this for as many skills as you posses! You should try to include as many relevant skills as you can, but don't overdo it. Just make sure you include all skills that are relevant to your field, or your career goals.

How to endorse a connection's skills on LinkedIn

Mentioning your own skills is only half the process on LinkedIn! Your colleagues and connections can endorse your skills, and essentially, indicate on your profile that they know you possess these skills, and help support the things you've written on your profile. Because your connections will do this for you, you need to do it for them too! Here's how:

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

    My Network menu on LinkedIn

  2. Once you're on your "Connections" page, find the connection whom you want to endorse, and click on their name. You will be takeb to their profile. From there, scroll down to the section titled "Featured Skills and Endorsements," and click View [X] More to see all of their skills.

    View the skills of your connections

  3. From this expanded list, all you need to do to endorse your connection is click the "+" symbol beside each skill.

    Endorse your LinkedIn connections

    Once you click the +, it will change to a check mark to indicate you have endorsed your connection. If you ever wanted to take back an endorsement, or you made a mistake, simply click the check mark beside the skill, and it will revert back to a +.

 

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!


LinkedIn Connections

If you've set up a profile on LinkedIn and you're ready to start making use of it, the best way to start is by making connections. LinkedIn is, by all means, a social network, so if you join, you need to interact with the people you know by finding them and inviting them to connect with you. It is often said that business is as much about who you know as what you know, if not more so.  That's why it's important to have as many "connections" as possible on LinkedIn.

What are connections on LinkedIn, and how do I use them?

"Connections" are people on LinkedIn whom you personally know and trust. By "connecting" with them, you can see what they're up to on LinkedIn, send them messages, view and update (only for you) their personal contact information, find and connect with other users in your field, and more.

Connections work by invitation.  If you wish to connect with someone, you must send them an invitation. If they accept it, then each of you becomes a "connection" for the other. Other users can also send you connection invitations, which you can accept if you wish.

How to get more LinkedIn connections

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

  2. Move your mouse cursor over My Network.

    LinkedIn Network menu

  3. On the next page, click Find Connections.

    Find connection button

  4. LinkedIn makes adding connections easier than ever, All you have to do is enter your email address (which will automatically be filled in with the email address you signed up with), and then click Continue.

    Import contacts from your email address

    Follow the instructions on the screen to sign into your email account, and allow it to share your contact information with LinkedIn. You will need to log into your email account, if you have not already done so, and allow LinkedIn to access parts of your email account. Don't worry though, LinkedIn won't use your contacts for any other reason than to help you connect with your friends and colleagues who are on LinkedIn.

  5. Once LinkedIn has search through your email contacts, it will come up with a list of them who are already using the website. Click the check box beside a person's name to select them (or click it again if it's marked to deselect them). You can also click the check box beside "Select All" to select or deselect everyone in the list – though they will all be selected by default. When you're done, click Add Connections [X] to send connection invites to the people whom you selected.

    Add LinkedIn connections

  6. On the next screen, LinkedIn will show you your contacts that aren't using LinkedIn yet, and offer you the opportunity to invite them to start using the website. Using the same functions as above, click the checkbox beside any name to select/deselect a contact, and if you want to send the invitation, click Add to Network [X] at the top of the page. If you'd rather not, simply click the Skip button beside it.

    Invite contacts who are not currently using LinkedIn

You can also add more connections if someone else finds you and wants to connect with you. You will receive an email or notification that someone wants to connect with you. All you need to do is click Accept.

Another way to find new people to add as connections is by searching for them. If you want to learn about how to do this in detail, check out our tutorial on how to search LinkedIn.

How to remove connections on LinkedIn

Let's face it – sometimes things happen, and sometimes you may want to get rid of a connection you've made on LinkedIn. It's a simple process, so don't sweat it!

  1. Assuming that you're still logged into LinkedIn, click My Network in the menu across the top.

    LinkedIn Network menu

  2. Under the number of connections you have in the top-left corner, click See All.

    See all of your LinkedIn connections

  3. Find the connection you want to remove, and click the three dots (more options button) beside the "Message" button. On the pop-up menu, click Remove Connection.

    Remove a LinkedIn connection

  4. You will be prompted to confirm that you want to remove that connection, Be sure to click Remove to confirm you don't want that person to be connected with you on LinkedIn anymore.

    Confirm you want to delete a LinkedIn contact

 

That's a brief introduction to connections on LinkedIn: what they are, how to get them, and how to remove them if you no longer want them. Be sure to check out the next tutorial in our LinkedIn course where you can learn how to add skills and endorsements to your profile, because after you've added connections, you're going to want them all to be able to see what you can do!


Creating a LinkedIn Profile + Adding a Photo

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 Me in the menu across the top, and then click View Profile.

LinkedIn profile menu

How to add photos to LinkedIn

  1. Let's start building your profile by adding a photo to it. To begin, simply click the Add a Photo button.

    Add photo to LinkedIn profile

  2. In the window that pops up, browse through your saved images. 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.

    Select profile picture for LinkedIn profile

  3. Once your picture loads, you will have many options for editing and perfecting it. You can choose from Crop, Filter, Adjust, and Visibility as your main options.

    Crop: Click and drag your photo, straighten it, or zoom in. The white circle shows how your profile image will appear on the website and in the app, in most cases.
    Filter: You can choose from the circles offered to add a filter to your photo. 
    Adjust: Here, you can adjust the brightness, contrast, saturation, and vignette or your photo.
    Visibility: Click this option to choose who can view your profile picture. Choose from your connections, your network, all of LinkedIn, or the public. By default, Public will be selected.

    Edit profile picture

    When you're finished, make sure you click the blue Apply button to save your changes. At any time, you can also click Change Photo to select and work with a new image.

  4. You can also add a background photo to your LinkedIn profile as well. Simply click Update Background Photo at the top of your profile. Then, follow the same instructions above as you did to create your profile image. 

    Update LinkedIn background photo

    Typically, it's good to choose a neutral background, or something related to your brand – rather than a picture of yourself. Remember, LinkedIn isn't Facebook!

How to write a LinkedIn profile

If you add a profile picture for the first time, and save your changes, LinkedIn will automatically take you to the rest of your profile to edit it. If this doesn't happen though, or you haven't selected an image first, simply click the pencil icon on your profile to edit your LinkedIn profile.

Button to edit your LinkedIn profile

From there, here is how you can edit your profile:

  1. Begin simply by filling out the form to describe yourself in your profile introduction. Click in any box, and type your answer.

    LinkedIn basic information form

    Enter information in the following fields:
    – First name
    – Last name
    – Headline
    – Current position
    – Country (you reside in)
    – ZIP/postal code
    – Location (city)
    – Industry
    – Summary

  2. The next step is to add your work experience, and previous positions you've held. By default, LinkedIn will already have the job you currently hold (if you have one, and indicated so while you signed up) on your form. To add anything else, Click Add New Position.

    Button to add employment information to profile

    From there, fill out the form by clicking in any box and filling out the information using your keyboard. You can enter information such as:

    – Title
    – Company
    – Location
    – Time you worked there
    – Whether you currently work there
    – Description of the job
    – Upload/link to media (ex. documents, presentations, websites, videos, etc.)

    Work experience form

    When you're finished, make sure you click Save.

  3. After you've added your work experience, the next step is to add education to your profile – a key component to showcasing yourself on LinkedIn. On your profile editing page, click +Add New Education to begin adding information about your schooling.

    Button to add education to profile

    On the form that appears, click in each of the boxes and enter information about your previous schools, including:

    – The name of your school
    – The degree that you were (or are currently) pursuing
    – Your field of study
    – The overall grade that you achieved
    – Acitivites and societies your belonged to or participated in
    – The dates you attended your school
    – A description of your program/experience
    – Upload/link to media (ex. documents, presentations, websites, videos, etc.)

    LinkedIn profile education form

    When you're done, click Save.

  4. The final thing you can add to your profile overall is to upload a document or link to media that will help round out the information, or showcase something you've done that just can't be explained with the text of your profile. On your main profile editing page, click Upload to add a document, image, presentation, video, or other form of media to your profile. If the information is already presented somewhere on the Internet, or you have your own website you want to show off, click Link to Media instead.

    Button to upload or link to media

    The supported file formats you can attach to your LinkedIn profile include:
    – .pdf
    – .doc
    – .jpg
    – .jpeg
    – .ppt
    – .pps
    – .pptx
    – .ppsx
    – .pot
    – .potx
    – .odp
    – .png
    – .docx
    – .rtf
    – .odt

 

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.


How to Sign Up for LinkedIn

Before you start using LinkedIn, you're going to need an account on the website first.  The process is a bit long and involved, but it will help you hit the ground running by connecting you with work colleagues (past and present), businesses that you're interested in, and the business sectors that you specialize in.

How to create a LinkedIn account

  1. Open your web browser of choice and go to www.linkedin.com.
     
  2. On the home page of LinkedIn, you will see a sign-up box. 

    LinkedIn sign up form

    Click in each of the boxes highlighted here and type in:

    – Your first name
    – Your last name
    – Your email address
    – A password for your account

    When you've entered all of this information, click Join Now.
     

  3. You will be asked to provide some basic information to get your profile started.

    Enter basic information about yourself in the form

    Click in each of the boxes highlighted in the screenshot above and type in or select:

    – What country you live in
    – Your mailing code
    – Whether or not you are a student
    – Your current job title
    – The company that you currently work for

    Once you've filled in these details, click Next.

    Fill out profile form with personal information
     

  4. Next, you will be asked what you want to use LinkedIn for. Click one of the responses that appear.

    Select a reason for using LinkedIn
     

  5. Next, you will be asked to import contacts from your email account and see if any of them are on LinkedIn already.  This will help you find "Connections" on LinkedIn quickly. Be sure to check out our tutorial on LinkedIn Connections for more information.

    Find LinkedIn contact by email

    You can click in the box marked "Email" and type in a different email address, if you want to import contacts from a different email account.  Then, click Continue. Or, click Skip if you don't want to do this right now and look for connections later.
    (NOTE: If you choose to do this step, you will be asked to sign into your email account and confirm that you want to give LinkedIn permission to access certain parts of it)
     

  6. LinkedIn will send you an email to confirm that there is a way to reach you if something happens to your account, such as you forgetting your password or otherwise getting locked out.

    Go to your email client and log in.  Find the email from LinkedIn Messages titled "[Your Name], your pin is [XXXXXXX]. Please confirm your email address." and click it to open it. Then, click the blue Confirm Your Email Address button, or enter the g-digit pin into your web browser if you still have the LinkedIn page open, and click Verify.

    Confirm email address

From there, you will be prompted to do a few optional things, such as connect with a few people you may know, add a profile picture, or subscribe to job alerts related to your field. If you want to skip any of these, click Skip at the bottom of each box.

 

After this, you will be taken to your profile page on LinkedIn.  Congratulations on signing up for LinkedIn! If you need some advice for writing a good LinkedIn profile, be sure to check out our next tutorial!