5 Ways to Update Your Linkedin Profile in 5 Minutes or Less!

When was the last time you updated your LinkedIn profile? Give your profile a fresh new look in 5 minutes or less:

  1. Update your headline
  2. Add or change your background photo
  3. Ask for a recommendation
  4. Send a connection request – with a personalized note!
  5. Follow 5 new companies

Update you Headline:

Your Linkedin headline is setup to be highly visible. Make the most of your headline by including keywords related to your interests and skills, indicating the types of opportunities you are seeking or sharing what you’re passionate about.

Current Headline: Student at Binghamton University

Updated Headline Example: PwC Scholar | Junior Analyst at Binghamton Investment Fund | Boys and Girls Club Mentor

Updated Headline Example: Tech Savvy, Results Oriented Business Analytics Student Seeking Full Time Summer 2021 Internships

Add or Change Your Background Photo

Linkedin provides all profiles with a  default background photo – give your profile a fresh look by customizing your profile with a photo that matches your personal/professional brand, showcases what you’re passionate about or reflects your industry. Landscape photos, images of office buildings (interior or exterior) or workspaces, products or services or even solid colors and patterns are common options for background photos.

If you’re looking for more options and inspiration check out Forbes’ article: 10 LinkedIn Background Photo Ideas To Make Your Profile Stand Out 

Ask for a Recommendation 

Having recommendations on your profile is a great way to help future employers learn about you, your experiences and your skills. Identify connection that you’ve directly worked with such as current and past supervisors and mentors and request a recommendation. When requesting a recommendation make sure that you include that you’d like a recommendation for your linkedin profile vs. for a specific job or opportunity. It can also be helpful to provide context about what you’re looking for within the recommendation. For example, telling a past internship supervisor that you are hoping they can highlight your effective teamwork and collaboration skills.


Send a Connection Request – with a personalized note!

Building up your LinkedIn Connections is an important part of having a LinkedIn Profile. Consider sending connection request to your classmates, current and past supervisors and coworkers, Binghamton alumni and others who work in the fields and industries that you are interested in. Sending a personalized note with your connection is not only professional but also gives the connection information about why you’re looking to connect.

Check out page 31 of the Career Guide  includes an example of a personalized connection request and The Muse also has a list of 10 Linkedin Connection Request Templates 

Follow 5 New Companies 

Following companies on Linkedin is a great way to stay up to date on what the companies are doing, when they are hiring and more! Following companies that you’re interested in will help to curate content for your LinkedIn newsfeed and will show a potential employer that you’re interested in them.

If you’re looking to update your Linkedin Profile even more or want to learn how to utilize your Linkedin for networking, job and internship searching and more make an appointment with a career consultant in hireBING!

By Cassie Spencer
Cassie Spencer Assistant Director, Internship and Career Education Cassie Spencer