Your LinkedIn profile is your way to show off your professional successes and future aspirations. It’s your first impression to people and is a great networking tool to help you achieve your professional goals. Knowing how to make a killer profile is key for people to see you as a hardworking individual.
Some key things to think about are:
#1 Don’t just add anyone’s request- I will be the first to admit that I made this mistake and now I have to deal with going back in and removing people. It isn't beneficial to you to have people that aren't in your industry or country (even if it may seem valuable to have more connections). Think of quality over quantity when it comes to LinkedIn connections.
#2 Have a professional head shot- this doesn't mean you have to spend a lot of money on a photographer or anything (especially if you aren't an actor) but make sure not only that the picture looks like you but it shows the image you are trying to portray as a professional.
#3 Make sure your profile stands out- how can you make your profile stand out amongst others? Have a catchy headline and list attributes about yourself but also show a bit of personality in your writing.
#4 Edit, Edit, Edit- My grammar is the absolute worst!!! I have people go over ALL of my writing to ensure that I am sending across the right message to my readers. I even have two or three people go over my writing so that it is grammatically correct.