7 Tips On How To Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile

LinkedIn is the biggest professional networking platform at the moment. Thousands and thousands of professionals use it to share their knowledge, experience, and wisdom with everyone out there. It is only advisable to optimze your LinkedIn profile at all times. Your LinkedIn profile acts not only as another networking platform but also as your resume.

No, LinkedIn is not just for jobs. It is to get leads for your business by communicating with like-minded individuals, becoming an authority in your niche, increasing brand visibility, reach, awareness, and more. It is not just a platform for marketers. It also consists of businesspeople, such as CEOs, Directors, IT Experts, etc.

It pains me when I see a bad or incomplete profile on LinkedIn. Because if you are investing time in making your resume, then why not LinkedIn? Many of those details are the same. LinkedIn gives you many more options to talk about yourself in a detailed manner, whereas that is not the case in a resume, which has to be kept to a minimum of 1-3 pages depending on your experience.

In this article, we are going to talk about how to optimze your LinkedIn profile professionally and keep it up-to-date.

7 Tips On How To Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile

Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile

Personal Details


Mention your name with the right spelling. e.g., Aditi Jain.

The first letter of the name should be capitalised. It might look basic, but still, many people end up making this mistake.


This feature is only available on the mobile app of LinkedIn.

You can record your name the way you pronounce it. That way, if someone doesn’t know the pronunciation of your name, they might get some help from it.

Headline: Your headline shouldn’t just be about your designation. It should contain information about what you do or how you help companies achieve what you do. Don’t include more than three things. Like a social media marketer, Content writer, blogger, or recruiter for the Big Four companies.

Display Picture:

LinkedIn is for professionals, and therefore everything you include must be of the same standard. Include a professional photograph or just a headshot with no filters.

Cover Photo:

Use Canva for this section. Select a template of your choice and edit it with your details.


Mention the Country you belong to here.


Specify which region, State, City, or Town you belong to in the country.


Select the industry you work in (like Accounting, Banking, Marketing and Advertising, Information Technology, Transport, warehousing, etc.)

Contact Details:

Do not forget to mention your Email ID and phone number (depending on you) here. You want people to reach out to you directly and on the spot, not wait around for you to reply to their messages and then give them your details. You can even include your blog’s link in this section.


Consider this section your summary. Answer the Who, What, When, Why, and How of you.

Who are you?

What do you do?

When did you start doing this?

Why do you do this?

What inspired you to take the path that you’re on?

How do you achieve your targets?

Answer these questions about yourself, and the About section should be ready. LinkedIn gives you 2000 characters for this section. Use it wisely.

Use Grammarly to check your spelling, grammar errors, and mistakes. And even after all this, if you still have trouble writing YOUR about section, check out other people who do the same work as you and see what they’ve written.

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Posts, Articles, Links, and media (Photos, Documents, and presentations)
This section is for featuring a post of yours that had a great reach or an article that you thought was your best write-up. You can even include items that you’ve published or a link to something you created, like a blog, or add media like images, a PDF, certificates, etc. that you think will highlight your work.


This section includes your job and internship experiences, as well as your education. These should be in chronological order. The latest should come first, and then the oldest at the end.


Now, when you are making your resume, you are restricted to one or two pages, and you have to be to the point. But that’s not the case with LinkedIn. It doesn’t even limit you if you have ten jobs. So go ahead and mention all of the internships you took and the jobs you took.

But remember, Internships are for a shorter duration, but that is not the case with jobs. If you have held positions for only a few months, it might be best not to include them, as it might give your employer the impression that you are not stable at your job. But if you think that the job is essential enough to mention, then go ahead.

Now don’t just mention your Designation, Company details, or tenure and run away.

Take some time to write down the job description or the tasks that you were handling in the organisation. If you are not a writer, then get some help from your writer friend to help you draft this section effectively. If they are not available, then open the email you received while applying for the job. You will find the full job description in detail. Don’t just copy-paste the content as it is. Please read it carefully and see what you did and any other additional responsibilities you took on. Then edit it as per your suitability.

You also have the option of adding various links related to your work here, or you can upload your document in this section.


Include the Schools you went to, the college, and the university where you got your Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. You can also mention any diploma courses you took here.

License & Certificates:

This section includes the licences and certifications you have. Now don’t go and put your school’s cooking First prize in Fancy Dress certificates here. Mention only the credentials that are related to your field or will help you in your career.

If you have a LinkedIn profile with a company page, you can list the licences that your company has.

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Volunteer Experience:

Have you worked with an NGO on a drive or volunteered at a CSR activity? This is the place to mention it!

Skills & Endorsements

Skills here don’t mean whether you are kind or punctual. Here, it means skills that you have that are essential for your career. You can put up to 50 skills on your profile. You even have the option of rearranging skills in the order you want.

There are five types of skills.

Top Skills:

You can select any three skills you want, make them your top skills, and pin them to the top.

Industry Knowledge:

These are related to the industry you work in. These skills can be connected to Sales, Graphic design, Architecture, Engineering, Marketing, Human Resources, etc.

Tools and Technologies:

These will be technical skills. Like MS Office, Analytics, Database Management, Report Handling, etc.

Interpersonal Skills:

These will be communication, Empathy, Listening, management, etc.

Other Skills:

These will be a combination of all the skills.

E.g., If you’re into Human resources, then it will be Recruitment, Employee Training, Payroll management, etc. If you are a Digital Marketer, then it will Be Search Engine optimisation (SEO), Google Advertising, Funnel, Automation, Email marketing, etc.


You can endorse or support each other’s skills by clicking on the plus sign. LinkedIn will ask you questions like, How well do you think that person is at that skill? And how well do you know that person? It is good to get endorsements from people you know and have worked with because it builds credibility.


This is the place where you can show off all of your talents.

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Do you have an article that got published somewhere? Or were you mentioned in any of the articles or journals? Put it here.


Created something new and got it patented? Put it here.


Do you have any courses that you think deserve mention? Put it here.


Have you been a part of a project or started a project that went well? Put it here.

Honours and Awards:

Have you been honoured for doing something or received an award for your professional talent? Put it here.

Test Scores:

These will mostly include a test you took for a course, but if you have a test score that you look at at the college and think is something to boast about, then put it here.


Know any languages besides English and your native language? Put it here.



This section is for the recommendations or reviews you receive for your work. You can request that someone you’ve worked with give you a recommendation. But ask only those people with whom you’ve worked, so it looks genuine.

Supported Languages:

You can make your profile available in a language other than English. This feature comes in handy when you’re working with clients who are not that familiar with your language.

That’s it, guys! This is how I optimzed my profile, got freelance projects, and earned some extra cash.

Now go ahead and optimze your LinkedIn profile.

You can check out my profile here for reference.

I will soon be writing about how you can network on LinkedIn and generate more leads for your business.

Check out this post on how to keep your business consistent.

Till then, Tada.

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Aditi Jain

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November 15, 2020 12:15 am

Great info! Thanks for sharing your advice!

Marvin | Part-Time Passenger
November 16, 2020 9:32 pm

Thank you for these detailed tips. A well-organized profile can make a real difference.

Nathalia Basso
November 17, 2020 3:31 am

These are fantastic tips! I think for those who are not in marketing they often forget what a powerful tool LinkedIn really is!

Nathalia | NathaliaFit – Fitness & Wellness Blog

Sarah Greig
November 19, 2020 9:27 am

Great post

November 20, 2020 1:44 am

Great post! I have a LinkedIn profile but it seems incomplete now, thanks for the tips!

Dane Asmone
November 20, 2020 7:42 pm

Hey Aditi !

Super insightful read ! Motivated me to up my LinkedIn game after reading these points !

Thank you for sharing.

November 21, 2020 8:36 pm

Thanks for sharing and breaking down this well. Also you can add that we can be a member of groups of our interest on LinkedIn to connect.

November 21, 2020 8:43 pm

A very detailed post for setting up a proper Linkedin account & Profile. LinkedIn is my favorite Social Media Platform of all. A great site for making business connections and more. Great Post! 🙂

November 23, 2020 2:23 am

I often hear a lot of business owners and bloggers talk about LinkedIn but for some reason I was hesitant about it. You made it seem a lot more simple by explaining these, thanks for sharing

November 23, 2020 8:07 pm

Loved your post! I’ve been thinking about optimizing my LinkedIn profile for a while now and this post is exactly what I needed!

Payal Rathore
November 25, 2020 9:15 pm

Hey, thanks for sharing such useful post!!

Donna Garrison
November 26, 2020 5:11 am

To be honest I have never given much thought to LinkedIn. I see now it is a great opportunity to showcase what I offer and network with others. Thanks for the tips!

November 26, 2020 6:13 am

I am saving this. This is so detailed. I have a LinkedIn but never know what to do with it. Yet, oddly I get views. It’s weird. I’m still trying to figure out tumblr. I don’t get it. LinkedIn I find more purposeful. Thanks for all this. Again, I am saving.

Katrina Crandall
November 26, 2020 7:38 am

Thank you for this post on optimizing your LinkedIn profile. I do have a profile and many connections, but I haven’t used the platform actively for quite a while. I’ve been wondering if I should revisit it and start engaging again. I’ll have to give it another look!

Kat @The Hobbit Hold
November 28, 2020 6:19 pm

Great post, I need to optimize my Linkedin profile, it’s been a while! Thanks for sharing.

Anna Gone Wild
November 30, 2020 7:18 pm

Very informative. Thank you

December 1, 2020 6:45 am

Just saved your post for my weekend activity. I need to refresh my LinkedIn desperately! I had no idea about the canva hack!!

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December 10, 2020 7:55 pm

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December 16, 2020 6:35 pm

Great tips! I just started using Canva for IG and Pinterest, never thought about it for my Linked In background. I will very likely be updating!

December 16, 2020 9:12 pm

Thanks for the tips! LinkedIn is definitely my worst platform no matter how much effort I put into it!

December 17, 2020 5:57 am

I am horrible about updating my linkedin profile. I can use these tips, thank you for sharing!

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February 3, 2021 7:23 pm

Thanks for sharing this! Linkedin is a great tool and often underestimated! Really liked it

February 13, 2021 9:42 am

I need to step up my way of using Linkedin and apply your tips there. Thanks for sharing

Sangeeta Jain
February 21, 2021 6:33 pm

I have been using linkedin for two years and its absolutely a game changer. Must use platform for all professionals

Aditya Jain
February 21, 2021 8:18 pm

Such a detailed article. I really need to update my LinkedIn profile now. Saving your post right away.

Suresh Kumar
February 23, 2021 9:25 am

Very detailed article. LinkedIn is the best for building a personal brand and professional networking.

Nikita Gupta
February 28, 2021 3:57 pm

Very detailed post on LinkedIn profile. Good going.

February 28, 2021 6:49 pm

Linkedin is really the best!!!!

Allan Anova
June 24, 2021 3:35 pm

I would love to implement and try this on my profile. I’m really lazy lately about updating my linkedin profile but hopefully once of this days I can update it.

Melissa Kane
June 24, 2021 10:22 pm

Great tips, LinkedIn has been the one Social platform I’ve slacked on over the last few years. I’ll definitely be using these tips as I audit and refresh my profile. Thank you.

June 25, 2021 12:37 am

Thank you for this post, I really need to get to grips with my Linkedin Profile. I’ve pinned this so that I can find it again easily and work through the points that you make. I love how well you explain it all, it makes me feel confident that I can do a reasonable job of it.

Karen | Online Blog & Business Help
June 25, 2021 6:59 am

Pinned this for later! Super helpful and detailed. I really need to spend some time on Linkedin!

June 25, 2021 8:13 am

Thanks for this great post! You see a lot of posts about optimizing other social media platforms, but rarely Linkedin. I’ll be trying these out!

Mae Alexis
June 25, 2021 8:27 pm

This is great information!! I haven’t done much with my LinkedIn but I’ve been planning on it!

June 26, 2021 2:18 am

This is great information, thank you! I am on LinkedIn, but definitely don’t know that much about it. This really helps because I think LinkedIn is a great tool, but can often be overlooked.

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June 26, 2021 4:16 pm

Oops, I believe I deleted my Linkedin account years ago and never bothered to make another one. I know it is a great for professional connections especially; I might get back:)

June 30, 2021 10:19 pm

Wow, i didn’t know about the mobile pronunciation feature! Will definitely need to do that once it’s time to update my profile in a few months (for my full name). Awesome tips!

Jennifer Record
July 1, 2021 6:00 am

I definitely am not utilizing Linked In enough..thank you for these tips..I plan on using a lot of them to update ASAP!

Kayla DiMaggio
July 2, 2021 12:54 am

I love this! I actually don’t use LinkedIn for my blog but I do use it for my day job all the time! Thank you so much for sharing all these great tips!

July 2, 2021 2:05 pm

Such great tips! Definitely going to implement some of these. Thank you for sharing

July 2, 2021 4:59 pm

Thanks for the detailed tips! I didn’t know the mobile app had a name pronunciation function – so cool!

July 3, 2021 7:29 am

Very informative. Thanks for this.

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