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How to Get a LinkedIn Profile without Stress or Calls to Tech Friends

Susan Kim, Co-founder and Creative Director of Mojo40, guests blogs in a repost from her site, "Mojo 40," a blog that tells its audience how to get their career mojo back after 40. We think this is one of the best explanations of how to set up on LinkedIn.  

You must be sick of people telling you that you’ve got to get a LinkedIn profile. Especially when you have clearly explained to them that you are busy, busy, BUSY. You’ll get to it when you have time. Sheesh. But we both know the real reason you haven’t set it up yet: You’re afraid you’re not going to know how. Afraid something might go wrong. Afraid you’ll look like an idiot.

So what?  Everyone thinks those exact thoughts about everything they do every single day. So put aside your fears and let’s get started.

How to set up a LinkedIn account with no stress or calls to your tech friends

  1. Decide what email address you are going to use. Nothing cutesy, nothing that sounds like it’s a family address, not a crazy Jimmy842cz732@aol.com. Need a new email address? Get a gmail account at www.gmail.com.
  2. Go to www.linkedin.com
  3. First page: It asks for name, email, and password. Easy!
  4. Next page: It asks for your working status, country, zip code and industry. You can modify these later if you want. So don’t stress too much about the status, industry.
  5. Warning, Will Robinson, here comes the ONE tricky part. Now this screen will come up. It looks like you have click on what type of email you have and then there is a big button that says "find contacts."
  6. Question: Do you want an email to be sent to ALL of your contacts asking them to be part of your LinkedIn network right now? Answer: Not yet (you’re going to need to spiff up this profile after you get it up). So for now– click on the the blue hyperlink in the lower corner that says, Skip this step.

OK, hard part’s over.

  1. An email will be sent to the email address you entered. Go to your email account, click on the link and then you’ll be logged into your account.
  2. Now you officially have a LinkedIn account. Do not send it out to anyone just yet though because it is not ready for prime time yet.

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