Adding skills to your LinkedIn profile helps showcase your skill set and allows people to endorse you. In this video, learn how to add skills to your LinkedIn profile.
- [Instructor] What are some of the things that you're good at? What skills do you possess that define who you are and what you do? I suggest that you start making a list of these traits that make you uniquely you. And as you brainstorm them, consider adding them as skills to your LinkedIn profile under the skills section. Your skills could include concepts like web design, social media, or sales. It could include software that you know how to use like Microsoft Excel, Photoshop, or Google Drive. Or it could be people skills like leadership, public speaking, or organization. Now, if you need help getting started, I recommend asking a trusted mentor, a good friend, an instructor, maybe a boss, or coworker about what skills they feel that you possess. These are skills that you can add to your LinkedIn profile. In order to add skills, I'm going to navigate to Julie's account that we just created. And here, I'm going to click add profile section. From here, I want to select skills. Now in this pop-up, I can begin adding skills, and as I do, they will auto generate. So I'm going to add in a few for Julie. One of them is marketing, I'll select that. Another one is web design, I'll select that. Then I'm going to add a few others here. So now I've added four skills to Julie's profile. You can see up below this bar that it says I can add 46 more skills. You do have the ability to add up to 50. Now you may not be comfortable adding too many skills, and you don't want to stretch this too much. Don't add skills that you don't feel you possess, but also don't sell yourself short. Listing these skills does a few things. It lets others know what skills you possess. It helps add keywords to your profile, and it allows for people to endorse you and interact with your profile. I'm going to click add here. And you'll see that on Julie's account, she now has several skills listed, marketing, web design, public speaking. In order to see what I mean about endorsements, I'm going to navigate to one of her friend's accounts, who is Shad Cayden. And if I scroll down on his, you'll see here that he has his skills listed, but next to them are numbers, and these numbers represent endorsements from other people who have endorsed him for those skills. When you first start out, you won't have many endorsements, but that's okay. Listing these is still a great way to showcase what skills that you possess. Over time, you'll find that you start to accumulate some endorsements adding even more credibility to the section. I'm often asked how can you get endorsements? Well, these are few of my recommendations. First, ask someone you know if they'll endorse you. I think of this as similar to asking someone for a reference. If they know that you possess a skill, they'll likely be willing to endorse you for it. Another one is by endorsing other people for skills that you know they have. Oftentimes they will reciprocate and add skills for you. Finally, making sure that your endorsement settings are adjusted so that contacts are prompted to endorse you when they go to your account. Now, let's take a look at how we can do that. I'm going to navigate back to Julie's account. By the skill section, I'm going to click the pencil icon in the upper right. Here are the skills that we have. I can reorder them if I wanted to. I can delete one if I want to. But you'll also notice at bottom it says adjust endorsement settings. If I click this, it says I want to be endorsed. Now, if you don't, you can turn that off. I recommend keeping it on. Include me in endorsement suggestions. I recommend keeping that on. And then show me suggestions to endorse my connections. Again, I think that's a great way to endorse others, and they'll reciprocate it to you. So I would leave those on. So, start putting some thought into this section and working on a list of the skills that you want to include on your profile.