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LinkedIn says 51% of profiles are complete, and 49% are not at the All Star level.

LinkedIn calls it a profile strength meter. The Profile Strength meter is on the right side of your profile and gauges how robust your profile is. The strength will increase as you add more content.

Move and hover your cursor over the circle in the box to view the next level of strength you can reach. You can click the Improve Your Profile Strength link for a guided tour that’ll guide you through adding content to your profile.

There are 5 levels of strength

1) Just beginning
2) Intermediate
3) Advanced
4) Expert
5) All Star

Each level has a different color, the optimum color is blue. Blue means your profile is 100% complete. I know there is a small space at the top of the meter that is white, that is because there is always room for improvement.

If you have reached the maximum strength, you’ll have the option to share your profile on Facebook or Twitter. What makes your profile complete?

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

Get the most from LinkedIn — complete your profile. Take advantage of all the features this marketing tool (No it's not a glorified resume) has. Use the features, the headline, the groups, the skills, the connections, and advanced searching. Use it daily to build familiarity with this business social media powerhouse.

I’m always happy to connect on LinkedIn with people who read my blog. My email address is If you find this information valuable please pass this on to others who need help.

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Guest post by Bruce Bixler, previously published on Hobknobery