Build your LinkedIn profile

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Now that you're familiar with LinkedIn, are you ready to build your profile? In this section, check out our step-by-step tutorial.

 

Build your LinkedIn profile

 

Ready to build your LinkedIn profile? Check out the video above for a step-by-step tutorial. Here's the shorter version: 

Step 1:  Create an account. Enter your name, email address and create your password. Use straightforward, professional-sounding email address with your real name.

Step 2:  Enter your status. Add your country, zip code and employment status and Boom! You’ve created a profile.

Step 3:  Add your email contacts…or not. LinkedIn can sift through your email contacts and send invites to whoever is on LinkedIn. Skip this step if you want.

Step 4: Confirm your email account. Yeah, you know the drill. On to the next step. 

Step 5: Download the app. You’re probably going to use LinkedIn on your phone. Download the app now or do it later. 

Step 6: Choose the free plan. Pay for LinkedIn or get the basic service for free. We like the free version.

Step 7: Fill out your profile. Post everything from your past jobs to your skills and expertise. Add a professional-looking headshot. Blue globe of white shooting sparks making connections

Step 8: Connect and follow. Ready to send out invites, join groups and follow specific companies? Go for it. 

Step 9: Edit away. Add links. Add your projects and awards. The more stuff you add, the better! 

Build your empire, one contact at a time. Check out our next page on adding contacts, making friends and beefing up your network.