LinkedIn Profile Checklist

Consider your audience, read your profile as they will and then edit accordingly. Provide detailed information to make it easy to find and hire you. 


  • Professional (looking) headshot- head and shoulders, non-distracting background (white or blurred), smile!  
  • Headline: specific and informative to your audience  
  • Customize the URL  
  • Background image (industry-specific, if applicable) 
  • Contact information (add email address) 


  • Your personal story written in 1st person
  • Initial few sentence summary: who you are, type of position you’re looking for (internship, co-op, full-time), & contact info  
  • Your background (can include why you chose your major and your hands-on field-related experience – on or off campus) ◻ Co-curricular work, involvement, and leadership  
  • Other work (summer jobs, etc.)  
  • Include key words  
  • Attach your resume and other relevant media   


  • List all related experience in the field in which you wish to work (doesn’t have to be paid employment: enterprise, senior integrated projects, class projects, research)  
  • Add relevant rich media  
  • Add your employment history (non-industry/field related)  
  • In Description area: highlight your technical, teamwork, leadership, communication & other skills  


  • University/College(s) 
  • Degree, major/minor/concentration  
  • Year in school and GPA (optional) 
  • Include study abroad information if applicable (university, dates, and relevant course of study) 
  • Relevant coursework 
  • Co-curricular activities and organizations (include any leadership positions held)  

5. OTHER (Fill as much as you can to complete your profile) 

  • Licenses & certifications 
  • Volunteering 
  • Skills (choose 50 as these serve as your SEO keywords) 
  • Recommendations 
  • Honors & awards  
  • Languages 
  • Organizations  
  • Interests 
  • Causes 

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