So yes, LinkedIn skills are important in a number of ways, and the endorsements section is a crucial part of how the algorithm treats your profile. In this article, we will discuss:
If you want to level up your career prospects, it’s important to use LinkedIn correctly. There’s no point in adding every skill you can through LinkedIn Learning; you need to specialize. Here’s how you can determine which skills and certifications to add to your LinkedIn profile:
1.Hard skills for your industry
The hard skills that are essential to your industry should be among the first things that you add to your profile section, especially if you have certifications from prestigious companies like Microsoft or Google.
2.Soft skills you’ve developed
Next, you should think about the soft skills you have developed over your professional career. Consider soft skills such as good communication abilities, emotional intelligence, leadership or management skills, and adaptability, all of which can pique a hiring manager’s interest.
3.Anything you’ve been praised for at previous jobs
If you have been awarded or recognized for specific knowledge, skills or traits by previous employers, be sure to add them to your LinkedIn skill set.
In short, when adding specific skills to your LinkedIn profile, prioritize relevant skills that are connected to your industry. While it can be tempting to focus on hard skills, adding soft skills to your profile can be beneficial, especially if they are among some of the top searched skills on the platform. Skills like creativity and time management generate more interest than you might imagine.
Adding technical skills or soft skills to your LinkedIn profile is as simple as using the edit function. Simply scroll to the “Skills & Endorsements” section and click the pencil icon to add or delete skills. This is a very simple process but verifying your skills can be a little trickier. Here’s how you can do it:
Get an endorsement
When the LinkedIn skill endorsement system first aired, there were concerns about the fact that anyone could endorse the skills on a profile. The system has been refined since then, and highly endorsed skills are likely to increase the attention your profile gets.
Take a skill assessment
Get a LinkedIn Learning certificate
If you want to add new skills or verify non-formal skills, you can invest time in LinkedIn Learning. This feature is updated regularly to reflect sought-after skills and provides the opportunity to upskill or develop your professional capabilities. Once you finish a LinkedIn learning course, it will show on your profile.
Once you have added your skills, and included training, skill assessments or endorsements from people in your network, you will be more likely to see growth in the traffic reaching your LinkedIn profile. You might even begin to hear from recruiters.
It is a good idea to fill in your LinkedIn skills section, especially if you are in the middle of a job search. Filling in LinkedIn skills will give any recruiters who come across your profile an idea of your qualifications and skills. This could even prompt them to reach out and offer you an interview or discuss job opportunities with their company.
You should review your LinkedIn skills once a year to make sure they are still up to date and relevant. Pay special attention to your top skills as these are the ones that hiring managers and recruiters will be most drawn to.
The skills and endorsements that are most likely to be highly valued in your industry can be determined in a number of ways. You can check the LinkedIn and social media profiles of successful people in your industry. You should also make use of your LinkedIn connections and ask them what they see as critical qualifications for your job. You can also search the ResumeHelp resume directory for example resumes tailored to your industry.