How To Add Certificates To LinkedIn Profile?

Updated : February 23rd, 2022

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Certificates are one of the most significant ways to showcase your skill and professional achievements to employers looking for potential recruits on LinkedIn. The feature to add a certificate to your LinkedIn profile came into effect in 2010 and is relatively easy. In this article, we will discuss adding certificates to LinkedIn, their benefits, and some high-demand certifications of 2022. Keep reading! 

Adding A Certificate

To add a certificate, you are required to follow a four-step process: 

Step 1: Go to the LinkedIn website, click on the “Me” section in the top right corner, and then on the “View Profile.” 



Step 2: Now you’re at your profile page. Open the “Add profile section.” 

Step 3: You will find different categories once you open that section. Click on the “Recommend” and “Add licenses and certifications.”

Step 4: The last step of the process, fill out the corresponding fields and certifications to your profile! 

You would require the following information: 

  • Name of the certificate/license
  • The issuing organization
  • The issue and expiration date (if applicable)
  • Credential ID and Credential URL (optional)

What Are The Benefits Of Adding Certificates?

Employers generally look for different things while searching for a recruit. So, separating yourself from the crowd is necessary, and placing your certification on your profile is a great starting point. It can: 

  • Increase the quality of your profile
  • Help you land more interviews
  • Improve the effectiveness of your resume 

Mistakes To Avoid While Adding A Certificate

Your LinkedIn profile can be considered as your online billboard where you can promote yourself. Since too many people make mistakes regarding self-promoting, here we have listed some that you can consider avoiding. 

  • Never add any certificate or license that you can’t prove in the future. 
  • Don’t forget to fill in the issue and expiration dates; although it’s optional, this guarantees credibility to your LinkedIn profile.
  • The same applies to credential URLs and ID. Fill them as soon as possible! 
  • Always arrange your certificates or licenses clearly, keeping the relevant ones on the top.
  • Finally, if you have language certificates, add them to your profile since they will always be relevant.

    High-demand Certifications Of 2022

    One of the best ways to grow your career is by doing a professional certification. Most industries offer certifications that often increase your chances of getting a better job and higher pay. However, these certifications vary for each individual based on their career. 

    Some in-demand certifications of 2022 are:

    • Business Analyst Certification
      Several business analyst certifications are available, though one famous is the Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP).
    • Project Management Certification
      There are two renowned certifications; Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) and Project Management Professional (PMP). The CAMP certification is ideal for people with less experience, and PMP is suitable for those with a higher experience level.
    • Marketing Certification
      Marketing is a highly competitive industry, and with a certification, you can demonstrate your skills to the employer. Some social media marketing and analysis certifications are offered by Google, Hootsuite, Facebook, etc. You can find some of these certifications for free, while others may cost up to $2,500.
    • Computer Networking Certification
      In-demand computer networking certifications are Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) and Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP).

    FAQs

    What are LinkedIn Certificates?

    The certification you add to your LinkedIn profile can be termed as so. Such certificates are a great way to highlight your achievement and skills. Additionally, adding specific training can help increase user interactions. 

    LinkedIn itself also offers various competitive certification courses that you can opt to grow your skills. You can access these on LinkedIn learning, where some of them are free while others may be charged. 

    What to write while posting certificates on LinkedIn Profile?

    When you share your certificate in a new post, you can write specific points about your course—for example, the key takeaways or something about the skill that you’ve accomplished. 

    Where is the Credential ID located on the certificate?

    A Credential ID is a unique identifier, and you can find it at the bottom of each of your certificates.

    How to add a PDF certificate on LinkedIn?

    The process of adding your certificate in PDF format is similar to adding it in other formats. Go to your “Profile,” then “Add profile section,” select “Add license and certifications,” and complete it by entering the fields.



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