LinkedIn changes rules for a 100% complete profile

LinkedIn recently made some changes to their criterion as to what it means to have a 100% complete profile.

Under the old system your profile was complete if you had the following filled out: profile summary, specialties, current position, two past positions, education, profile photo, and at least three recommendations.

With the new system you now need the following: profile photo, a list all the jobs or positions you’ve held, five or more skills on your profile, profile summary, industry and postal code, education, and 50 or more connections.

These changes to profile completeness should make it easier for people to finish their profile. And keep in mind that according to LinkedIn “users with complete profiles are 40 times more likely to receive opportunities through LinkedIn.”

They also say “adding a profile photo makes your profile 7x more likely to be found in searches. And that having your 2 most recent positions makes your profile 12x more likely to be found.”

LinkedIn also announced that “the Profile will put more emphasis on Skills and Expertise. This means you can showcase your areas of expertise to easily connect with people that have similar skills or with companies looking for subject matter experts.”

The complete news release can be read here.

About Ken Cenerelli
I am a technical writer/programmer writer/content developer, .NET developer, Microsoft MVP, public speaker, blogger, and Microsoft Azure nerd. I blog about technology at and am on Twitter via @KenCenerelli.

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