How to setup a LinkedIn profile & apply for a job in minutes
In this simple step-by-step guide we show you how to join the world’s largest professional networking website, Linkedin, with pictures every step of the way. Although this blog is aimed at job seekers the majority of the steps apply to anyone setting up their first LinkedIn Profile.
Step 1: Head over to www.linkedin.com. On the right hand side complete the form titled – ‘Join Linkedin Today’. Use a simple and professional e-mail address (even if you need to set up one for job seeking purposes).
Step 2: Complete the details on the following form, ticking job seeker if you are looking for work.
Step 3: At this step you need to use your e-mail address to connect with anyone you know who already has LinkedIn (If you set-up a new professional email address, use your personal email address at this step).
Step 4: Once you have all your contacts added, choose basic free as your account type.
Step 5: On the right hand side it will take you through the steps to help you complete your profile. If currently seeking work – add “Job Seeker” as your title.
Firstly add your experience, even if it was a part time job, add it! Next, fill in where you went to school, college or university along with any qualifications achieved.
Step 6: Add your profile picture. It is important to have a professional/corporate image as this will be many peoples first impression of you! Leave your party images and night out photos to Facebook!
Step 7: Then add some of your key skills e.g. Negotiation, Sales, Business Development, Administration. A good guideline is ten key skills.
Step 8: Now elaborate on your previous positions, highlighting your duties, responsibilities and achievements (figures if in sales).
Step 9: Once done, click on ‘Continue’ to improve your profile further. You will be asked questions to add further information.
Step 10: Add your contact details and make sure they are visible on your profile. If you are a job seeker you want to make it as easy as possible for recruiters and companies to be able to contact you!
Here you can also add any other relevant information by clicking on the subject (languages, awards, courses attended, etc.).
Step 11: On LinkedIn you can follow companies you are interested in, including those you may like to work for, to receive news and their latest jobs. You can use the search tool in the top right to find the company. Companies you follow will appear at the bottom of your profile.
Step 12: Click ‘Done’. Then on the right hand side, click on ‘Share your profile’ to help gain more connections.
The next couple of steps are purely for anyone who is searching for a new role, if you are not a job seeker you can skip down to Step 16.
Step 13: At the top you have your navigation bar – click on ‘Jobs’ and click on ‘Find jobs’.
Step 14: Click ‘Advanced Search’ to conduct a more detailed search.
Step 15: Further refine your search by adding key words, location, distance to travel, industry, experience level and scroll through jobs.
Step 16: Done! Congratulations you are now a member of the world’s largest professional network!
You can further improve your profile by clicking on the “Improve My Profile” button on your profile.
To finish – 5 steps to make your profile stand out!
- Complete your profile 100%, it is better to add as much professional/skills information as possible
- Make your description of yourself punchy and focussed to potential employers
- Encourage people in your network to write a recommendation or testimonial (particularly your previous employer)
- Limit your work experience to the last 10 years (unless in a niche industry)
- Add your top 5 strengths in your Summary
Now why don’t you share this with your connections on LinkedIn, or your followers on Twitter, or even your friends on FaceBook?