I love LinkedIn. I probably have made more meaningful business connections using this oft-thought-of third wheel of the “Big 3″ social networks.
LinkedIn recently rolled out a new section for your personal profile called Skills.
The above is a snapshot of my LinkedIn Skill section.
Why would you want to fill out the Skill section? If someone on LinkedIn is looking for someone with your skill set, the more information you share in your public profile, the greater the chance you have of being located by the people who are looking for someone like you!
What can you share?
- General skill categories. The bonus is you can add whatever skill you think applies here. You can list the number of years and rate what your proficiency status in each skill would be (eg Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Expert)
- Certifications. If you have certifications that are pertinent to your job, include them.
The nice thing about this new profile feature is that it’s very flexible. You should be able to add whatever you’d like and really personalize your profile with this.
This is a great tool that can help you make more meaningful and engaging connections.