LinkedIn’s New Requirements for a 100% Complete Profile

100 Percent Complete LinkedIn Profile

LinkedIn has made some MASSIVE changes!

As of February 14, 2012, LinkedIn changed how they calculate a profile’s completeness. Why should you care if you are at 100% profile complete? Users with complete profiles are 40 times more likely to receive opportunities through LinkedIn. There is a direct correlation between how complete your profile is and higher search ranking. Yes, this is HUGE!

What makes your LinkedIn profile complete?


  • A current position
  • Two past positions
  • Education
  • Profile summary
  • A profile photo
  • Specialties
  • At least three recommendations


  • Your industry and location
  • An up-to-date current position (with a description)
  • Two past positions
  • Your education
  • Your skills (minimum of 3)
  • A profile photo
  • At least 50 connections

The good news is that this new calculation gives you more control! The old calculation emphasized Recommendations which relied on someone else providing you with a recommendation. This made it very difficult to achieve a complete profile since you were waiting on people to help you. Now there’s NO EXCUSE not to have a 100% complete profile!

Profile freshness is now also calculated so frequent updating is important!

The score also takes profile freshness into consideration, so frequent profile updates can now help with profile completeness.

LinkedIn also states, “Adding a profile photo makes your profile 7x more likely to be found in searches.” Not only that but “having your 2 most recent positions makes your profile 12x more likely to be found!”

Make sure your profile is 100% complete!

I highly suggest checking your profile to make sure that your previously 100% complete profile IS STILL COMPLETE!

How to check your profile’s completeness

  1. Click Profile > Edit Profile
  2. On the upper right sidebar, look for your profile’s progress bar.

100% LinkedIn Profile Completeness

If your profile is at 100%… CONGRATULATIONS! If not, watch the video below to find out exactly what you need to do to get your LinkedIn profile to 100% complete!

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  1. Hi – My friend is trying to get 100% profile after being made redundant recently. So similar question – how do you add a current if you are not currently working. She’s tried creating a position called “Looking for new opportunities” but then you have to put the name of the company so that it displays “Looking for new opportunities at ” … which looks stupid. Internships and part time jobs aren’t applicable.

    1. Hi Mike!

      Here’s the thing, if she is currently working, she doesn’t have a current position to list. She shouldn’t be focused on getting her profile to 100%. Right now, it’s more important that she has an optimized profile (which doesn’t have to be 100% to be effective!) and that she is leveraging LinkedIn by connecting with people, researching jobs & companies, checking on open positions and staying active. Her goal is to GET A CURRENT position through employment rather than create one out of thin air. Besides, who’s going to ask her to the dance if they think she’s going steady with someone else?

  2. I’m no longer seeing a completeness progress bar on mine or friend’s profiles – just suggestions about things to add. Did they remove that? Or does it not show if you’re 100% complete?

  3. Hi,
    i have a new account in Linkedin. Almost everything is done i just want to ask about that part
    ( How would you summarize yourself and your objectives? ) how can I fill it.?
    And now am only Expert.

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