Creating Your LinkedIn Profile

If you're wondering how to create a LinkedIn profile, this lesson can help. It offers step-by-step instructions.

Creating your profile

Your profile is the first thing people will see when they find you on LinkedIn. You should treat your profile as you would a resume, taking the time to make sure it is complete, accurate, and professional. LinkedIn also allows you to add things you might not include on a traditional resume, like a profile picture and personal summary.

Adding profile information

To edit your profile, navigate to your profile page, then select Edit. You can add information to your headline (the information at the top), along with your employment history, education, skills, a summary, and more. You can also click and drag to rearrange the position of each section of your profile. When you're done, select Done Editing.

Adding a profile picture

To add or change your profile picture, select Edit, then select the photo icon. You can upload a photo from your computer and use the sizing handles to adjust the crop. There are a few things to keep in mind when choosing a profile photo. Generally speaking, we recommend the following:

Tips for an effective profile

In our experience, these tips will help complete and improve your profile. Keep in mind that there's no right or wrong way to use LinkedIn, so you'll need to experiment to find what works for you!