LinkedIn Profile Checklist

Photo

It doesn’t have to be fancy - just use your cellphone camera in front of a plain background. Wear a nice shirt and don’t forget to smile.

Headline

Tell people what you’re excited about now and the cool things you want to do in the future.

Summary

Describe what motivates you, what you’re skilled at, and what’s next.

Experience

List the jobs you held, even if they were part-time, along with what you accomplished at each. Even include photos and videos from your work.

Organizations

Have you joined any clubs at school or outside? Be sure to describe what you did with each organization.

Education

Starting with college, list all the educational experiences you’ve had - including summer programs.

Volunteer experience and causes

List all the volunteering experiences.

Skills and expertise

Add at least 5 key skills - and then your connection can endorse you for the things you’re best at.

Honors and Awards

If you earned a prize in or out of school, don’t be shy. Let the world know about it!

Courses

List the classes that show off the skills and interests you’re most excited about.

Projects

Whether you led a team assignment in school or built an app on your own, talk about what you did and how you did it.

Recommendations

Ask managers, professors or classmates who’ve worked with you closely to write a recommendation. This gives extra credibility to your strengths and skills.

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