What Do I Need For My LinkedIn Profile?

What Do I Need For My LinkedIn Profile?

It takes about 15 minutes to fully set up your LinkedIn account, as long as you’re prepared beforehand. How do you prepare? It’s pretty simple.

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  • Have a current copy of your resume
    • in digital form if possible, so that you can simply cut and paste relevant data.
  • Have an image ready.
    • .jpg, .png, or .gif file format
    • Use something professional. Something that shows you are a serious business-person (this means different things in different industries)
    • The standard size for a Linkedin profile pic is 80 x 80 pixels.
      • If you don’t have this information, or you’re not sure how to fix it, the tools inside of LinkedIn can help you resize and crop your image.
  • If there are professional accomplishments, non-profit involvements, or specific certifications that you feel are pertinent to share with your professional network, have that information handy as well.
  • Following are the basic pieces of information that you will be asked for.
    • You may find, as you increase your activity on LinkedIn that you need more information on your profile, or that your settings need to be altered. This is situational, and at that stage, you will be equipped with the knowledge to make those edits.
  • Name
  • Email
  • Password (that you create)
  • Zip Code
  • Job title
  • Company Name
  • Industry
  • Month and year of employment at current position
  • Same information for other relevant work experiences (resume)
  • College/University attendance years and fields of study (resume)
  • list of professional skills (commercial realty, excel, web design, etc.)
    • you can have up to 50, so think of as many as you can (you can always add more later)
  • Description of your duties at each job that you’ve listed (resume)
  • Other languages that you might know
  • A summary of yourself and your objectives. This is where you detail your background and expertise in a way that sells you and shows that you are more than simply the sum of your jobs and degrees.
  • Work samples or projects that you might like to showcase (resume) (optional)
  • Publications or published works that you wrote or were featured in
  • The following are optional:
    • interests
    • personal details
    • publications
    • work samples or projects
    • organizations/memberships
    • honors & awards
    • test scores
    • Courses
    • Patents
    • Certifications
    • Volunteer & Cause involvement

When you’ve got your materials prepared, check out this post for a step-by-step on how to actually set up the profile!

Was this helpful? What else might you need if you’re looking to get started with a profile on LinkedIn? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section.

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