A LinkedIn account is free and easy to set up. In this video, learn how to create a new LinkedIn account.
- Let's take a look at how to set up a new LinkedIn profile from the perspective of a student. In order to demonstrate this, throughout parts of the course, I'll be setting up an account for Julie Parker, who's a Junior studying marketing at the Roux Academy. First, you can begin by signing up for an account by navigating to linkedin.com. This is also the page that you'll use to sign in with once you have an account created. Now, keep in mind that the look and layout of this signup page may change, but the process for signing up will be the same. I going to go to the upper right and click Join now. From here, I need to enter in an email address. I'm going to go ahead and enter in that email address for Julie Parker. Now, here you'll be sharing some personal information about yourself, so I do recommend that you create a quality password, one that's 10 or more characters, including upper and lower case letters, numbers, and special characters, for example, a punctuation mark. I'm going to go in here and enter one in. When I'm done, I'll hit Agree and Join. Now, they're going to ask some questions to customize your account. First of all, first name and last name. I'll fill that out, click Continue. Next, you'll get this verification screen where you can verify that you are a real person. And I should have mentioned that earlier. You will have to be a real person in order to sign up here. So if you're not real, I apologize for wasting your time. I'm going to click on Verify. And then it says touch the image that is the correct way up. Well, I'm going to go with that one. Yes. Now it says Welcome, Julie. And we can enter in some more information, where we're located, put in the zip code, and Ventura, California, and I'll click next Next. Next, it says your profile helps you discover new people and opportunities. You can put in your most recent job title. Now there's another option here for I'm a student. And in this case, that's what I'm going to select. Next, it brings you to this page where you can fill out your student information. First of all, your school or college. I'll type in Roux Academy. Degree, and in this case, it's a Bachelor's degree. I'll select that. And specialization, in this case, is Marketing. And I'll select that. Julie's start date was 2017 and she will graduate in 2022. Now here, you'll also have to click I'm over 16. You will have to be over 16 in order to create an account. Now at the bottom, I'm going to click Continue. Here, you have to put in a verification code that they will send to your email. In this case, I'm going to switch over to Julie's email. And you'll see here that she received this pin number, 441655. So here, 441655, Agree and Confirm. Now it asks are you looking for a new job? You can click Yes or Not now. For now, I'll click Not now. You can add contacts if you want. So if you want to import from your email list, you can do that and then invite those people to connect on LinkedIn. In this case, I'm going to click on Skip. I'll skip it. Here, you can begin to search for people if there are specific people that you'd like to connect with right off the bat. In this case, I'm going to skip that. They let you add a photo here. This is something we'll do later on. So again, I'm going to skip this. And you can also get the LinkedIn app on a mobile device. This is something I recommend doing, as it's a powerful app that allows you to do much of this on a mobile device. In this case, though, I'll click on Skip. And how they ask if you want to follow some companies. So they're trying to customize your account by asking what types of things you want to follow. In this case, I'll follow the LinkedIn News. But below, they have down some different categories that you may want to check out when signing up for an account. I'm going to click Finish in the bottom right. And like that, we have Julie's LinkedIn account created. And although it's created, it's far from complete. Throughout the rest of this chapter, we'll take a look at how we can continue to customize our profile in order to make it stand out and help you achieve your goals.