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LinkedIn: A Guide on How to use LinkedIn

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Components of a Linkedin personal profile

  • Name – First, last, and former names.
  • Headline – This information will default to your current job title. Learn how to update your professional headline. Note: If your headline is the same as your current position, the current position won’t display in the top section of your profile.
  • Location – Learn how to update the location listed on your profile.
  • Industry – Learn how to update the industry on your profile.
  • Photo – Learn how to add or change your profile photo.
  • Contact Info – Learn more about editing your Contact Info, including your email, phone, IM, and address (only visible to connections), as well as your Twitter handle and websites.
  • Summary – Information about your mission, accomplishments, and goals.
  • Experience – Professional positions and experience, including jobs, volunteer posts, military, board of directors, nonprofit, or pro sports. Learn more about adding, editing, or removing these items.
  • Education – School and educational information. Learn more about adding or removing education.
  • Recommendations – You can request professional recommendations and display them on your profile. Learn more about recommendations.
  • Certifications – Certifications, licenses, or clearances you’ve attained can be added as a new section. Learn how to add certifications and other sections.
  • Courses – Adding your body of coursework can help your education to stand out.
  • Honors & Awards – Show off your hard-earned awards.
  • Languages – Languages you understand or speak.
  • Organizations – List the organizations or associations you’ve been a part of along with your role.
  • Patents – Any patents you’ve applied for or received.
  • Publications – Publications that have featured your work.
  • Projects – Showcase the projects you’ve worked on, along with team members. Learn more about projects.
  • Skills & Endorsements – A relevant list of skills on your profile helps others to understand your strengths and improves your ability to be found. Learn how to add and remove skills on your profile. You can display endorsements of your skills that your colleagues have given you. Learn more aboutskill endorsements.
  • Test Scores – List your scores on tests to highlight high achievement.
  • Volunteer Experience & Causes – Organizations you support, causes you care about, and the types of volunteer opportunities you’re looking for.
  • Additional Information – Interests, personal details like your birthday or marital status, and advice for people who want to contact you.