How to Create a Linked-In Professional Profile

Introduction: How to Create a Linked-In Professional Profile

These instructions are geared to help undergraduate level college students to create a Linked-In profile for the purpose of professional networking.

Step 1: Getting to

1. Open an internet browser (we suggest google chrome)

2. Click on the address bar

3. Type in “”

Step 2: Creating a New Profile

1. Click under “First Name” and located under “Get started – it’s free".

   a. Enter first name

   b. Click under “Last Name” – type last name

   c. Click under “Email” – enter an email address

   d. Click under “Password” – enter a password that is easy to remember

   e. Click “Join Now” to proceed to the next step

Step 3: Creating a New Profile

2. Background information

   a. Select the country you live in from the pull down menu located next to “I live in:”

   b. Enter your current zip code next to the “ZIP Code:” area

   c. Select whether you are currently employed, seeking a job, or a student by clicking on one of the          bubbles titled “Employed”, “Job Seeker”, or “Student”
        i. Enter job title and company title in the corresponding text boxes if you selected employed

   d. Click on box under job title if you are self-employed.
        i. Enter your most recent job title and most recent company name into the appropriate text boxes             if “job seeker” bubble was selected

   e. Select the time period that you were employed at said company.

   f. Click on the box under job title if self-employed
        i. Enter your current College/University in the text box that appears if you selected “student”.

   g. Enter the dates attended.

Step 4: Creating a New Profile

3. Click the blue button titled “Continue” to verify your email address

   a. Click the yellow “Agree” button so that contacts can be transferred from your email to your linked-         in profile In the pop-up window that appears**
           i. Select “Skip this step” written in blue letters in the bottom right hand corner of the text box if                 you have no contacts to transfer or you prefer not to transfer contacts
          ii. Select the grey box titled “Skip” in the pop-up window that’s labelled “Skip seeing who you                     already know?”

**A box should appear that says “Congratulations! You’ve just created your professional profile.” underneath which should be your name and the information you entered in step 2C. If an error message presents itself after several attempts to confirm email, the use of a different email address may be necessary.

Step 5:

   b. Type a new message in the text box or leave the preset message and click on either the “Share on Facebook” or “Share or Twitter” button if you want to share your profile on Facebook or Twitter

   c. Select the “Skip this step” phrase written in blue in the bottom right hand corner of the box next to the “Share on Twitter” button if you would rather not share your profile on Facebook or Twitter

Step 6: Creating a New Profile

4. Your profile should now appear after completion of either step 3b or 3c.

Step 7: Entering Relevant Information

To the right of your profile, there should be a grey list of steps consisting of categories such as Basics, Experience, Education, Photo, Skills & Expertise, and See you improved profile. These steps are there for you to keep track of your progress and to help in maneuvering to different steps.

Step 8: Entering Relevant Information

5. Basics

   a.  Select an industry from the drop down menu located under the heading “What’s your industry?”.           Once selected, click the yellow “Save” button.
          i. Click the grey “Skip” button if you would prefer to skip this step

Step 9: Entering Relevant Information

6. Education

   a. Enter the degree you earned (i.e. Master’s of Architecture”) in the top text box

   b. Enter your major or field of study in bottom box
      i. Click the yellow “Save” button.
      ii. Click the grey “Skip” button if you would prefer to skip this step.

   c. Enter a different institutions name in the corresponding text box if you attended another school.
      i. Click “Save” when finished or the grey “Skip” button to skip this step.

Step 10: Entering Relevant Information

7. Experience

   a. Enter your job in the text boxes under the header “What’s your current position?” and then enter          your company.
      i. Click the yellow “Save” button.
     ii. Click the grey “Skip” button if you prefer to skip this step

   b. If you want to update your headline, do so now, and click the yellow button “Yes”. If not, click the          grey “No Thanks” button.

   c. Enter the starting date of your current position.
      i. Click the yellow “Save” when finished or the grey “Skip” button to skip this step

   d. If you have worked at other places, enter that information and repeat steps 8a-8c.
      i. If not, click the link titled “no more positions”.

Step 11: Entering Relevant Information

8. Photo

   a. Click the “Browse” button located under the title “Upload an image of yourself”.

   b. A separate window will appear.
      i. Locate the image you wish to use for your profile using this pop-up window
      ii. Refer to video instructions for further assistance

   c. Click the “open” button at the bottom of the browsing window once a photo is chosen.
      i. Pop-up window should close.

   d. Click the yellow “Upload” button on the Linked-In profile page.

   e. Adjust photo to fit preferences. We suggest that face is clear and centered.
      i. Can rotate, zoom in or out, or drag photo into a new position

   f. Click the yellow “Add to profile” button to upload the photo to your profile

Step 12: Entering Relevant Information

9. Skills & Expertise

   a. Add skills to the black box located at the top of the page

      i. Select the blue “add” button after every skill or expertise that is added

   b. Click the blue “Save” button, or cancel if you would like to skip this step

Step 13: Entering Relevant Information

10. See your improved profile

   a. Click on the “See improved profile” button to see your finished profile.

Step 14: Completion

Congratulations! You now have a functional Linked-In profile. Go get 'em, tiger!! :)

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    9 years ago on Step 14

    Was this instructions for how to create a LinkedIn profile, or how to do a professional one? It seems to me like the tutorial is just how to create a profile. There are a lot of this that should be done to make it more professional.

    I agree that the formatting on steps 3 and 4 could be improved. Other than that I thought the instructions were very clear and the visuals were very helpful.

    -Katie Kevershan engl313

    (Jenna Kozub response eng313) These instructiosn are very helpful, and easy to follow. I especially thought that the organization of these instructions was understandable and consistant. I would suggest breaking up step 4 into seperate slides so not all of of that information is on one page because it got to be a little overwheleming.

    The instructions were really easy to follow for me. The subject titles separated the instructions nicely into sections that were easy to follow. I'm personally a visual learner, and the images really helped me understand the process.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Great job on the instructions, I thought it was really nice you gave a subject title for each step you made, it made the instructions really flow and easy to understand.


    9 years ago on Step 14

    Nice job on the instructions. For "Step 2: Creating a New Profile," it may be more clear to draw a box around the registration area instead of circling "Get Started - it's free." Also, overlaying "Your Name" in red over the region where an individual's name would appear was a bit distracting. Some of the other steps also seemed a bit on the longer side to read. However, the instructions were thorough and your image use was effective. I liked how you grouped your steps together in segments and the overall outline format.