If you've never been on LinkedIn before, it can be a little overwhelming. That's why we created a 5-step quick guide for getting started on LinkedIn.


Take a look:

Step 1: Update Your Resume

Man updates his resume before updating his LinkedIn profile

The first step is to make sure your actual resume is updated. Once you've done that, then you can transfer the data to your LinkedIn profile.

You always want the information on your resume and LinkedIn profile to be the same. Recruiters and hiring managers like consistency!

Step 2: Change Your Privacy Settings

Woman changes her privacy settings on LinkedIn

Your resume is done—great! Now, it's time to start adding information to your LinkedIn profile.

Before you add anything, though, make sure you change your Privacy Settings so your profile activity isn't visible until you're done filling out your profile. You don't want your connections seeing every single change you make to your profile!

Need help with this? Visit LinkedIn Help for more information.

Step 3: Add Your Information

Professional man gets started on LinkedIn

Once you've adjusted your Privacy Settings, you can start adding content to your LinkedIn profile. In addition to adding your resume, you can showcase visual accomplishments like PDFs, online articles, and images. Keep your personal brand in mind!

Warning: No information on your profile is suspect, but too much is overkill. Do your best to balance it out and include the must-haves.

Step 4: Optimize Your Profile

Woman optimizes her LinkedIn profile

After you've added your information to your profile, you must go through and optimize it so it's easier for people (and employers) to find and read.

Recruiters and hiring managers conduct keyword searches based on skill sets. Your goal is to optimize your LinkedIn profile with specific keywords that relate to your skill sets so you show up in their results.

Once, you've properly optimized your LinkedIn profile, you'll start to get a lot more views from employers.

Step 5: Make It A Part Of Your Routine

After optimizing your profile, you just need to keep it fresh. The more you participate on LinkedIn, the more it rewards you. It puts you in searches, finds relevant people to connect with you, and so on. So, you should make sure you're an active user on a regular basis.

"The more you put into it, the more you'll get out of it," says J.T. O'Donnell, Work It Daily's founder and CEO.

Make an effort to update your information monthly. You should also be active on a daily basis by sharing articles, participating in groups, and keeping up with your connections. This is the surest way to build your personal brand and stand out to recruiters on the platform.

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By following these five steps, you'll be off to a great start on LinkedIn.


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