Think of LinkedIn as a visual representatoion of your professional brand, whatever you would want to include on your resume, you want to include on LinkedIn. Therefore, including your experience is paramount to the success of your profile, and, ultimately, your career.
Even if you worked as a receptionist or a waitress for a few years before landing your first full-time job, highlight every skill that can be applied to the workforce. Whether its teamwork, customer service, or organization, position your past experience in a way that shows you’ve learned valuable skills for the workforce, says Fisher.
The data backs it up, too; you’re 12 times more likely to be viewed on LinkedIn if you have more than past positions listed, according to statistics from LinkedIn. “[Be] thoughtful about how you’re framing it up, and [focus] on what you can apply and how you use those skills to accomplish your goals,” says Fisher.