Adding Skills to your LinkedIn Profile

LinkedIn Skills

While I was doing my morning one on one LinkedIn Makeover session with a client, I noticed there was a change in the way LinkedIn presented the Skills section. LinkedIn used to provide the opportunity to list your proficiency level and years of experience along with the skill. This has changed and now you are limited to just the skill. It makes sense. Those fields added very little value to the profile because everyone listed themselves as “Experts” regardless of their years of experience or true proficiency level.

Here’s what the new Skills section looks like now:LinkedIn Skills

And here’s a quick video I made that walks you through how to add Skills:

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5 Comments

  1. Hi love your clear video! I understand your reasons for saying the self proclaimed level of skill doesn’t mean much. I do wonder though why you say it is no longer possible to add the level of you skill and your years of experience. Just go to edit profile and click edit above your skills. In the next screen you can click on a skill and a pop-up appears allowing you to indicate you level and years of experience.
    Kind regards Petra Fisher
    https://twitter.com/petrafisher

    1. Hi Petra! Thank you for the compliment. This video was recorded immediately after the new functionality rolled out. Either the skill level was not yet in place or I didn’t yet see it. Thanks for pointing it out and I will make sure to correct the information.

    1. Hi Katja!

      Go to Profile > Edit Profile.

      Scroll down to where your Skills are located, click Edit.

      Notice how the skills are actually hyperlinks. Click ON the skill. A bubble will appear with the proficiency level and years of experience.

      There you go!

      –Donna

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