Is Your LinkedIn Profile 100% Complete?

by Meg Guiseppi on March 19, 2012

LinkedIn for Executive Job Search

You may be wondering what “100% complete” is, and why it even matters.

When your LinkedIn profile meets their criteria for completeness, your profile is more likely to land higher in search results.

Your visibility increases dramatically. Executive recruiters and hiring decision makers at your target companies are more likely to land on your profile when they’re sourcing and assessing good-fit candidates.

In mid-February, LinkedIn changed the completeness criteria and the way they calculate profile completeness:

“The new calculation gives you more control of your score by emphasizing things you have direct control over, like Skills, and putting less weight on areas you may have less control over, like Recommendations. The score also takes profile freshness into consideration, so frequent profile updates can now help with profile completeness.”

Here’s what you now need for a complete profile:

  • Your industry and location
  • An up-to-date current position (with a description)
  • Two past positions
  • Your education
  • Your skills (minimum of 3)
  • A profile photo
  • At least 50 connections

LinkedIn says that adding a profile photo makes your profile 7x more likely to be found in searches. Having your 2 most recent positions makes your profile 12x more likely to be found.

Looks like it’s time for you and all of us who rely on LinkedIn to attract business and job opportunities, to spend a little time working on our profiles.

Related posts:

My free ebook, Executive Branding and Your LinkedIn Profile: How to Transform Your Executive Brand, Resume, and Career Biography Into a Winning LinkedIn Profile

LinkedIn Guide for Executive Branding and Job Search

Does My LinkedIn Profile Really Need a Photo?

Best LinkedIn Tips: Find LinkedIn Groups to Join

photo by nan palmero

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1 Meg Guiseppi December 26, 2014 at 11:55 am

Matt, thanks for commenting. I’m glad to hear my post helped prompt you to get more involved with LinkedIn, and possibly, other social media.

To your career success!

2 Matt Roberts December 26, 2014 at 1:27 am


Thank you for this very useful information. I have a bit of an aversion to Social Media websites in general, but I found your advice to be very timely. I appreciate you providing a quick synopsis of what constitutes a complete profile.

Now…time to update the digital head-shots and create a 21st century resume!

Best regards,

3 Meg Guiseppi November 7, 2014 at 4:02 pm

John, I’m so glad my post has been helpful. Thank you for commenting. To your job search and career success!

4 John Leach November 7, 2014 at 2:53 pm

Thanks for all the great advice and explanations of the ‘ins and outs’ of LinkedIn. In the midst of a current job search and developing and improving my profile has been a daily task. Again great insights!

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