So you’ve created a Facebook page, you have a Twitter account, you’re on Instagram, Foursquare, and Pinterest, but why aren’t you on LinkedIn?
Turns out, creating a professional account is just as important as having accounts on the ‘fun’ social networks. LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional social network. There are more than 225 million users, and you should be one of them!
Here is a step-by-step tutorial on how to create a LinkedIn profile.
Yes, creating an account is free and doesn’t take much time at all. After you’ve entered your information and click Join Now, this screen will pop up.
You can choose to add contacts from your e-mail address contact book, or you can skip this step.
This will be the next page that you will be sent to.
The neat thing about LinkedIn is that you can follow celebrities who you are interested in, sort of like ‘liking’ pages on Facebook. You can always come back and follow individuals if you don’t want to do it at this time.
Nice! This is similar to what your profile will look like so far.
You’ll be asked a series of questions, which will be in blue boxes above your profile picture. You can answer, add a picture of yourself, or skip and answer later.
If you click your profile and then click Edit, this screen will pop up. You can always go back and edit sections of your profile by clicking the Edit button or the Improve Your Profile button. You can add parts about what kind of work you did at your last job, you can add college courses, you can add leadership positions you’ve had, and more.
When you click on the Profile tab, this is similar to what you will see.
You’ll soon find out that LinkedIn is more than just a social network. It’s more than a place you can post your resume. LinkedIn is a place where you can connect with your peers and staff and faculty, learn more about what kind of career you want to get into through blog posts, comments and special interest groups, and network with professionals who are in the field of interest you want to get into.
I hope this basic tutorial has helped you start your LinkedIn profile! Throughout the month of October we will be posting many more blog posts about how to network by using LinkedIn, sample invitations when asking someone to be your connection, good and bad profile pictures, and many more tips. Stay up to date with other helpful LinkedIn and social media articles by following us on Twitter and Facebook!