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Want to Be Found on LinkedIn? Add Skills to Your Profile

Want to Be Found on LinkedIn? Add Skills to Your Profile
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If you want recruiters, employers or other potential connections to find you on LinkedIn, you better make sure you've listed your skills on your profile, new research shows.

In fact, LinkedIn members who list their skills on their LinkedIn profiles receive an average of 13 times more profile views than those who don't, new data from LinkedIn shows. The professional networking site recently added 1,000 new skills to its database, so users now have more than 45,000 standardized skills to choose from.

Many people assume that technical skills are the most valuable, but LinkedIn's data showed that non-IT skills are actually becoming more popular in LinkedIn profiles. Eight out of the 10 skills that have grown the most in popularity among LinkedIn users over the past year are nontechnical, and nearly half of them are related to health care, LinkedIn said.

These popular skills include direct patient care, events organization, electrocardiography, food preparation, appointment scheduling and more. [10 Ways to Make a Perfect LinkedIn Profile ]

Some of the fastest-growing IT skills focused on the use of gadgets like Google Glass, Xbox One, Raspberry Pi and GoPro. Of the fastest-growing non-IT skills, CPR instruction grew by 60 percent, Zumba instruction grew by 24 percent and barista experience grew by 8 percent.

The increase in non-IT skills is not just in the United States, either. In France, Canada and Italy, health care is one of the fastest-growing industries. In Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Russia and Turkey, construction and architecture are on the rise. And in China, retail and manufacturing top the list.

According to LinkedIn, in the last year, the network's members have added more than 380 million skills to their profiles. So, if you want to make sure your LinkedIn profile is seen by potential employers and networking connections, adding new skills to your page is the key.

Originally published on Business News Daily.

Brittney Morgan

Brittney Q. Morgan is a Brooklyn-based writer and editor, as well as a graduate of Drew University, where she majored in History. Along with writing for Business News Daily, her work can be found all across the web at Apartment Therapy, HuffPost, and more. You can find her on Twitter at @brittneyplz.