Here is my new video about Adding Skills To Your LinkedIn Profile and Editing followed by the transcript.
Today I am going to be talking about my favorite subject LinkedIn and the topic
will be adding skills to your LinkedIn profile.
Why is adding skills so important? On February 24th, 2012 LinkedIn said it is and
it was putting more emphasis on skills and expertise. Why? You just (have) not
been doing your job adding these keywords to your profiles. Either in the
headline, your job titles and descriptions, summary and specialty areas as well as
sections and applications. So LinkedIn said, in order to make the job of
recruiters and head hunters and people looking for you and your skills easier, we
are going to give a specific area to hone in on and that is the skills section.
Skills have been around for quite a while and are found under the < More > pull
down under your < Edit Profile > screen. Even though it says ‘Beta’ I have been
talking about Skills probably now for well over a year now. So it has been in
‘Beta’ quite a while.
To start just click on the < Skills > section and this window is going to open up.
Start typing a keyword to reveal your choices and when you find one that suits
you, add it to your profile.
There is a wealth of information and resources revealed behind what LinkedIn
calls it’s Skills and Expertise section of your profile. Shown in Headline is the title
of this particular skill. Then an indicator of whether this is a growing field or not.
I would recommend you review the description to make sure that it suits your
Here in this case, you notice that the Google Webmaster Tools is already part of
my profile; and this button (See Suggested Skills) will lead you to other related
skills. Other ‘Related Skills’ are also shown on this left side bar. Going back to
the suggested related skills underneath the description you get another type of
listing here as well.
Moving to the right, at the top you are also going to see an expanded relative
growth chart. In the center column you will see other professionals using the
same skills set in their profile. Moving to the right you will see companies related
to this skill set. Next you going to see potential jobs available through this skill
set, then groups using these keywords, as well related geographical locations.
Next I am going to click on the Site Map link in the description under Google
Webmaster Tools. Here the definition of Site Map is a list of pages of a website
for crawlers or users to use which is really not what I am looking for and not quite
the same as XML Site Map. Whereas a XML Site Map is really for robots or
crawlers. This is more of what I am looking for.
I can add the skill by checking the blue box but for demonstration purposes I am
going to go return to my < Edit Profile > window. I’ll scroll down to the skills
section again type in the keystrokes ‘XML Site…’ until it is populated and
< Add > the skill there. Once the skill is added I’m taken by to my edit profile
Window. Why you ask? Well scroll down to skills again so I can < Edit > this
new skill. I can add proficiency levels as well as years of experience. (Save
One additional thing that I want to point out to you is that you can drag and drop
these skills to put them into whichever order you so desire.