How to add a “Skills” section on your LinkedIn profile

For those of you who haven’t heard about LinkedIn, it’s a social media platform for professional networking.  You can host details about your professional career from positions you’ve held, your educational background, certifications that you have and it allows you to develop and maintain your own professional network.  There are a number of things that you will fill out about yourself for the first time when you start a profile including a summary about yourself including your specialities, your professional working experiences, your education, contact settings and personal information that you want to add.

Recently, I happened to be browsing through a friend’s profile and noticed that he had added a “Skills” section to his profile.  By default, currently you cannot add a skills section when you start a profile on LinkedIn so I am going to show you in a few steps just how easy it is to add this to your LinkedIn profile but of course you’ll need an account with LinkedIn first.

Step 1: Sign into your LinkedIn Account and click on the “Add Sections” link.  You’ll be able to find this when you are on your profile in “Edit Profile” mode.

When you click on this link you will see a pop-up screen that will allow you to select the option to add a “Skills” section to your LinkedIn profile similar to the screenshot below.

Step 2: Click “Add to Profile” and from here you will add the name of the Skill, numbers of years of experience and your skill level.  You can add multiple skills by clicking the “Add Skill” link and finish up by clicking the “Add Skills to Profile” button and from here you will see the skills added to your profile in LinkedIn.

LinkedIn is a great online resource if you are looking to keep track of your professional network, looking for a job or keep in touch with old co-workers.


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