LinkedIn’s Skills & Expertise section is becoming more and more important in optimizing your profile for LinkedIn search. It’s a relatively new section and it is slowly replacing the Specialties section that is located right below your LinkedIn Summary. In fact, new LinkedIn users don’t even have a Specialties section anymore!
The Skills & Expertise section of your LinkedIn profile allows you to add keywords to your profile so you can get found. LinkedIn even states that by adding skills and expertise to your profile, you will appear in keyword searches. This is an actual screen grab from a LinkedIn profile:
The IssueYou can add up to 50 keywords to your Skills & Expertise section. The problem, however, is that you can’t save this section if there is a duplicate item. Unfortunately, it’s very easy to have a duplicate and it’s very hard to find it in the mess of keywords.
How to Spot the Duplicate Skill & Save Your LinkedIn ProfileAs a LinkedIn profile writer, I have run into this issue far too many times to count… but I came up with a quick fix!
Here it is:
Spotting the Dupe!
- Copy your skills and paste them into Excel
- Sort the column from A to Z
- The skills align in alphabetical order and you can now quickly find the duplicate skill and save your work.
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