Your LinkedIn Profile: How to Include Additional Information
LinkedIn offers an Additional Information section that enables allows you to provide lots of information about yourself. You can include things like information about websites you maintain, your Twitter accounts, and your interests, groups and associations you belong to and awards and honors you have received.
These items are completely optional for you to complete, but a strong, well-rounded profile usually helps you in your career or networking goals because it gives you more opportunities to connect with someone or allows people to identify with your situation.
On the Profile page, scroll down your profile until you see the Additional Information section header. Click the Edit link next to that header.
You’re taken to the Additional Information page, where you enter the additional information about yourself, from associated Web sites to interests, groups, and awards.
Under Websites, in the drop-down lists on the left, select short descriptions for the sites you intend to display.
You can pick from the predefined list of descriptions (like My Company, My Website, and so on). Or, you can pick Other; in the blank text box that appears, type in a brief custom description for your Web site link (like My Rotary Club page or My eBay page).
Search engines look at the text used in these links when calculating rankings. So if there are certain keywords for which you want your site to rank higher, you may want to include them in the link text. So for example, you might want to say Springfield Toastmasters rather than My Toastmasters Club.
Still in the Websites section, enter the URLs of the Web sites you want to list on your profile, corresponding to the correct descriptions on the left.
You can add up to three URLs to your LinkedIn profile, so use them wisely.
This might seem obvious, but, well, people are going to be able to click those links and check out your Web sites. Sure, that’s the point, but do you remember that hilarious yet embarrassing picture of yourself you added to your personal site, or that tirade you posted in your blog about a co-worker or tough project? Before you link to a site from your LinkedIn profile, scour it and make sure you won’t end up scaring off your contacts.
Complete the Interests text box.
This is your chance to tell the world a little more about you besides your jobs and education. Make sure to separate each interest with a comma.
Fill in the Groups and Associations text box.
This is the text box where you can list your groups not listed under any school, such as any charity groups, religious organizations, alumni associations, rotary clubs, and so on.
Fill in the Honors and Awards text box.
List your accolades from jobs, school, or any extracurricular activity. Even if you listed an award under your Education section, feel free to repeat it here.
If you want to update your Twitter setting, click the Twitter Settings Page link at the bottom of this page to bring up the Twitter Settings page.
Click the Save Changes button.
This step updates your Additional Information section in your profile, and you’re taken back to your Profile page.