Adding skills to your LinkedIn profile increases your chance of being noticed by top recruiters.
But sometimes you may need to remove a LinkedIn skill, either because it’s not about you anymore, or it’s irrelevant to your new dream job. In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to remove skills from your LinkedIn account.
If you prefer to watch a video tutorial on how to remove skills from your LinkedIn profile, check out this video tutorial:
What are LinkedIn Skills on a profile and why might make sense to remove them?
LinkedIn skills help you to put on display your best abilities and find job opportunities faster. The main reason you need to show off your skills on your profile is to spark the interest of recruiters. Skills that have received endorsements from your connections are considered your top skills.
They are most likely to be noticed by recruiters and be a decisive argument in convincing someone to hire you. So if skills are so important for your career, why you would want to remove skills from your LinkedIn profile? First of all, you have to remove old skills that are either irrelevant to modern technology-driven world, or don’t represent you anymore.
So if you are not that good anymore at statistical analysis or web design, remove them. You want to keep only the skills you handle at your best right now. Also, if you don’t speak a foreign language well but you added it as a LinkedIn skill for higher chance to get hired, it doesn’t work.
You should immediately remove the skills that have nothing in common with what you can really do. Moreover, you should delete unendorsed skills from those 40-50 skills you added. Adding so many skills leads to having most of them unendorsed, which draws the attention of the recruiter more than those 2-3 ones endorsed.
How To Remove Skills From Your LinkedIn profile?
You will find it easy to remove skills from your LinkedIn profile. Here is how to do it in a few simple steps.
1. First off, click the Me icon at the top of the screen.
2. Next, click View Profile.
3. Scroll down to reach Skills section.
4. Tap the pencil icon which will bring the list of skills in front of you.
5. Click Edit next to the skill you want to dispose of.
6. Select Delete Skill and you’re done. The skill has been successfully removed.
Alternative To Deletion – Reorder LinkedIn Skills Display
If you want to remove a skill from the top of the list and add it back on a lower position, there is no need to use Deletion. You can use Reorder feature that helps you to change the order of skills according to your professional priorities.
1. Go on LinkedIn homepage and click Me icon.
2. Tap on View Profile.
3. Navigate to Skills section, then select Edit option.
4. Click More, then Reorder.
5. Next to each skill you will find a four-line icon. By clicking it you get the chance to change the position of the selected skill in your list.
Can’t remove skills from my LinkedIn profile
If you can’t delete skills from LinkedIn profile, it may have to do with a bug that doesn’t allow you to follow the instructions. Do a troubleshooting of your system to identify the bug and get rid of it.
An issue with the browser may also be to blame. Make sure your browser works at its best to be able to follow the deletion steps without any obstacle.
Do you lose the endorsement after removing the skill?
Yes, once you remove a skill, all endorsements to it are lost too. That being said, you should never do deletion in a rush. You may click Delete next to the wrong skill which will have you lose the endorsements for it forever.
You can recover the lost skill easily, by adding it back to your list of abilities. But, this time, it will come with no endorsements. Don’t keep an old skill in the list only because it has a bunch of good endorsements.
If you have become worse at a skill in time, you are better off removing it. Else, you will disappoint the employer and be considered unreliable by other recruiters. The list should include only the skills you are super good at right now.