So you want to create a LinkedIn Account?
Awesome! You’ve decided to join and explore the LinkedIn Community and we are thrilled to see you taking your first step to expanding your professional network online.
In this tutorial, we specifically cover how to register and create an account on LinkedIn from scratch, as well as provide some useful tips to make your new profile stand out!
Things You Should Know Before You Start
Before we begin, it is important to know that LinkedIn is a social networking site that is different from other media platform out there.
LinkedIn is a professional networking site where people get on to connect and immerse into the professional lives of others.
LinkedIn emphasises a lot about being real, and encourages strongly that people use their real identity.
How To Create A LinkedIn Profile
Here are some of the benefits of joining LinkedIn:
- LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network with over 500 million members as of 2017.
- LinkedIn is a platform you can use to expand your social network, find more job opportunities, building thought leadership and meet professionals all around the world
- LinkedIn builds a close knitted community that shares their story
- You get to network professionally and strictly about business
Without further ado, let’s get started!
Go to LinkedIn To Start Creating A LinkedIn Account
The first step to creating your LinkedIn Account is to go to LinkedIn’s website:
Once there, you should see a sign up section in the middle, as shown above.
Enter Your Details
Now it’s time to enter your details into the sign up form.
First Name: Enter your First Name
Last Name: Enter your Last Name
For some individuals, especially for Asians, you might get confused which is which.
For example, Shermaine Tan should be entered accordingly:
First Name: Shermaine
Last Name: Tan
If you get it wrong, don’t worry, you can always change it later.
Pretty self explanatory. Enter your email in this field.
LinkedIn accepts both official business emails and personal emails, but, unless you own the domain that you create (especially if you’re an entrepreneur), you might want to consider using your personal email instead.
This is because if you decide to switch jobs halfway through your career, and you forgot to change your LinkedIn email address, you might end up not receiving notifications to your email address once you change your email account.
Next, you’d want to choose a password for your LinkedIn account.
You can either use a password that you already know, or you can use a password generator like LastPass.
Use LastPass To Generate A Password For Your LinkedIn Account
Firstly, go to LastPass’ website:
Choose Your LastPass Customisers
Next, you’d want to choose the LastPass Customisers that you’re comfortable with:
If you’re confused about these terms, here’s what they mean.
Easy to say: This removes numbers and special characters from the password generated for you
Easy to read: This removes ambiguous characters like 1, 0, I, and O from the password generated for you
All characters: This allows any number of characters to be mixed into the generated password
Choose Your LastPass Selectors
Next, from the right hand side of the box, choose from a checklist of selectors to further customise your password.
According to what you select, the password generated for you will adapt accordingly.
Choose Your LastPass Length
Next, choose a Password Length that you’re comfortable with:
If you’re uncertain what length is secure, you can take a look at the color bar at the top of the page:
Once the color bar is green, it means that your password is secure enough.
Refresh LastPass If You Need A New Password
If you’re not happy with the password generated for you from LastPass, click on the renew button on the right:
Copy Your Generated Password To Your LinkedIn Sign Up Page
Finally, once you’re satisfied with your generated password, click on the “Copy To Clipboard” button on the right hand side:
Then, head over to the LinkedIn sign up page and paste in the password.
You might want to take this time to paste this password somewhere safe.
Filling Up Your Demographic Details
When filling up your details, you’d want to ensure that all information you’ve provided is truthful and accurate.
Choose The Country You’re In
The first field that you see when you enter the sign up process asks you for your country/region.
LinkedIn, from our experience, uses this as a means of filtering and suggesting to you content that they think is relevant to your region/country of choice.
There are also many other ways that LinkedIn customises your LinkedIn experience through the Country/Region that you identify.
That’s why we recommend that you choose the right country/region that you operate in.
If you’re in doubt, simply use your home country, or resident country in this selection.
For example, since we’re based in Singapore, i’ll put Singapore in this field.
Enter Your Postal Code
Next, you’d be prompted to enter your postal code.
Now, take note that this field is optional, so if you don’t feel comfortable sharing that information with LinkedIn, you don’t have to fill it in.
However, do take note that LinkedIn does use the postal code to customise your experience – which we might cover in later tutorials.
Once you’re done, click on the Next button.
Filling Up Your Professional Details
Next, you’d want to fill up your professional details in the second page.
Most Recent Job Title
This is what it says on the label: You simply have to enter your most recent job title in this field.
Note that this field will automatically populate your LinkedIn Tagline, like so:
Most Recent Company
Next, you’d want to fill up your Most Recent Company.
Again, LinkedIn automatically places the Company that you identify here under your LinkedIn tagline like so:
If You Can’t Find Your Company
Some of you might not be able to find your company’s business profile dropping down as an option that you can choose in the “Most Recent Company” field.
Don’t fret! This is simply because the company you’re working in does not have a Business Profile on LinkedIn.
LinkedIn automatically generates an industry field if the company you’ve identified does not yet have a LinkedIn presence like so:
What you should do is to type in the name of your company and select the Industry you’re in, should the selection appear.
If You’re A Student Setting Up A LinkedIn Account
If you’re a student, click on the “I’m a student” button.
Verifying Your Account
Once you’re done going through the process, LinkedIn will require you to confirm your email as a means of confirming you’re not spam.
Check Your Email For The Verification Code
You should see this page appearing on your browser window.
As you can see LinkedIn is prompting us for a verification code:
Now, switch over to your email, and search for an email arriving from LinkedIn.
It should look something like this:
You can either choose to enter the code you see in the email in the middle or you can simply click on the “Agree & Confirm Your Email” button.
Once you’re done verifying your email address, you’ll be redirected to your fresh, new LinkedIn account.
Creating A LinkedIn Account Is Just The Beginning
Creating your LinkedIn account is just the beginning of your LinkedIn marketing journey.
In order to have better visibility on LinkedIn, more work needs to be done.
In the next few tutorials, we will teach you how to create a spanking profile that helps you to be more relevant in searches, and appeal to more audiences.
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