LinkedIn profile sections

Students are a particular category of people who use LinkedIn. They have no or little work experience to show on their profiles. However, if you’re a student then LinkedIn allows you to display a wide variety of accomplishments using 10 additional sections within your LinkedIn profile. These sections can be updated in real time, as more activities are completed. This differentiates your LinkedIn profile from the more static nature of your Resume or CV. The idea is that your updates to these sections will be informative to your colleagues and recruiters.

These 10 additional sections are:

Certifications          Patents
Courses                 Projects
Honours and Awards      Publications
Languages               Test Scores
Organisations           Volunteer Experience & Causes


It’s easy to add new sections to your profile. You go to your LinkedIn profile page in edit mode and click the blue “Add sections” bar under your profile summary. Glance through the available 10 sections and select one to add to your profile. Don’t forget, when editing a section, to include the details and examples of your contributions, and how the experience added to your skills and abilities. The new section appears on your profile. You can adjust your profile settings to manage who can see these sections. You can reshuffle your profile sections to highlight your strongest achievements. By clicking on the section header, you can drag and drop it to the best place on the page.

Projects allows you to describe projects that you worked on as an employee, student, or volunteer. For each project, you can enter the project name, your occupation, team member names, a project URL, project timeframe, and description. If you’re a student then participating in projects shows that you can apply classroom education to real-world challenges and successfully work in a team. You can add convincing research or group projects to your profile – particularly those that show know-how relevant to your professional objectives.

Honours and Awards is rather different to the other sections of your profile. In the other sections you give a subjective characterization of your abilities. The “Honours and Awards” section, however, is an objective confirmation of your achievements. Your scholarships and college year prizes belong in this section.
Organisations is the section where you can describe your involvement in societies outside of your studies. These organisations can involve anything from debating and outdoor pursuits to religion and trekking. Leadership abilities, and making a positive impact within an organization, are talents widely sought by employers and recruiters.

Test Scores that are good are seen by employers as demonstrating fine problem solving skills. So, if you have excellent test score results then this section should be included in your profile.

Courses is the section that give you the opportunity of summarizing your school, college or university course information relevant to jobs that you’re looking for. Also, you can include external courses that show your dedication to expanding your educational horizons.

Don’t forget that these sections aren’t just for students. Non-profit or volunteer work is important to some prospective employers.

LinkedIn profile applications

Your LinkedIn profile can contain 15 modules, from 16 applications and 10 sections. Additionally, your home page limit is 12 modules. LinkedIn is the No. 1 social networking site for business professionals and these third-party applications enhance your profile. The 16 applications, visible in your profile view, are only seen by other LinkedIn members. They are not visible in the public view, for everyone on the internet. Be cautious, as your public profile could be curtailed if you are relying too much on presenting enriched profile information from the 16 applications only active in the view for LinkedIn members only.

You can see a full list and description of the 16 LinkedIn apps from the application directory page of the site. From this page, you’re able to add, remove and control where applications appear. There are application preview pages providing information as to how and why you may apply an application. The 16 applications are:

Blog Link                  My Travel
Box.net Files              Polls
E-Bookshelf                Portfolio Display
Events                     Projects and Teamspaces
GitHub                     Reading List by Amazon
Google Presentations       Real Estate Pro
Lawyer Ratings             SlideShare Presentations
Legal Updates              WordPress

Three popular LinkedIn applications are Blog Link, Reading List by Amazon, and SlideShare Presentations.

With the Blog Link application, you can get the most out of your LinkedIn relationships by connecting your blog to your LinkedIn profile. Blog Link helps you, and your professional network to stay connected. The application is powered by TypePad and is developed by SixApart. With Blog Link, you can promote your blog and develop your personal brand. Blogs are the best way to grow your personal brand and the LinkedIn networking site can be used for sharing your thoughts contained within a blog. Blog Link supports TypePad, Movable Type, Vox, Wordpress.com, Wordpress.org, Blogger, LiveJournal, and many more blogging platforms.

The Reading List by Amazon application lets you extend your professional profile by sharing the books you’re reading with other LinkedIn members. You can find out; what other people in your industry are reading, and what you should be reading by following updates from your connections, people in your field, or other LinkedIn members of professional interest to you. Start by adding books you’re planning to read, reading now and have read already to the list using Amazon’s search tool. You can then discover a world of books that your peers in your industry and in your network are reading.

The SlideShare Presentations application, by SlideShare Inc is one of the ways to share presentations on LinkedIn. You can upload and display your own presentations, check out presentations from your colleagues, and find experts within your network. You can share presentations, documents, portfolios upto 20MB with your LinkedIn network. For an additional fee of $19/month to SlideShare, you can upload larger files upto 300 MB and 10 videos/month. If you have a SlideShare.net account, you can import your existing presentations into LinkedIn. If you don’t have one, signup from LinkedIn to share your presentations worldwide and get more views/traffic.