25 Proven Hacks to Improve Your LinkedIn Profile In 2020

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Is your LinkedIn profile helping you progress?

If not, then you’re missing a great opportunity.

You need to improve your LinkedIn profile.

This guide will show you everything you need to turn your LinkedIn profile into a lead generation machine.

Sounds good? Let’s dive right in…

How to Improve Your LinkedIn Profile

1. Show Off Your Smile In Profile Picture

Should you smile on your LinkedIn profile?

I’m not saying this. I saw people asking on Quora things like this:

Look:

Quora

You don’t need to hire a professional photographer, you just need a clear, professional, and SMILEY looking headshot of yourself.

Don’t look like a serial killer in your profile picture.

In fact, having a professional profile picture results in up to 21x more views and 9x more connection requests.

Like Meera did a great job…

Meera-profile

LinkedIn also allows you to edit or crop your photo. Six photo filters are available to make sure you look your best. Watch the tutorial here.

Done with the video? It’s time for the next technique.

2. Headline Should Be Attention Grabbing and Compelling

To most people, a headline means Job title and company name, right?

Well… not really.

A headline is SUPER important because it’s the first thing (after your picture) your prospects look to learn about you.

Don’t make it generic!

People don’t want to see another DRY job title. Let’s face this!

Your headline should focus on how you can help your prospects. What value you bring to the table. Don’t sound salesy!

Be specific, RELEVANT, and targeted.

Luda’s headline starts with the title and company name – “Founder, ClickWhipt.”

But in the second half, she tells how she can help others – “I Help Attorneys and Law Firms Generate Daily Qualified Phone Calls and Office Consultations.”

Luda-linkedin-headline

How you can do the same thing:

I suggest you to follow this format: [Title] [Company Name] | I/We Help [Audience] [Benefit]  

And – Tada – you’re set.

Once you’ve updated your profile picture and headline, move on to technique #3.

3. Make Your Summary Fun to Read

Are prospects are viewing your profile, but they leave without connecting like there’s no tomorrow?

It’s your profile summary.

You don’t want your summary to look like this:

bad-summary

It sounds like a robotic resume.

Instead, you use your summary to tell your story, what value you provide, and your USP, like this:

Good-summary

Short paragraphs (2-3 lines per paragraph) make your summary easy to read and digestible. Don’t write it in the third person. Don’t be that guy.

It’s a great idea to include a testimonial from an industry expert or client. And close your summary with ONE clear call to action and take the relationship with your prospects to the next level.

Something like this:

call-to-action

As soon as you’ve updated your summary, move onto the next technique.

4. Show Your Experience to Create a Better Network

Let’s have a deal:

This section shouldn’t be wasted.

Your industry experience connects you with groups, businesses, and individuals who have the same interests.

The secret?

After the headline, it’s one of the most-read sections of your profile.

Place your current and previous roles. But… don’t forget to place a couple of sentences and your skills that describe your company and your job profile.

Larisa Ontiveros does a great job at this…

Larisa-experience

5. Spotlight Your Job Preferences 

Are you looking for a job? You can let recruiters and your network on LinkedIn know your job preferences.

How can you enable the “Open to Work” feature?

Just go to your profile. Click the Add profile section button to the right of your profile photo. Click Intro

open to work-1

And then click looking for Job opportunities.

open to work-2

A popup window will appear. Here, you can mention your job preferences. 

open to work-3

You can choose whether all LinkedIn members or only recruiters can see that you’re open to work.

open to work-4

Once you’re done, click Add to profile.

Recommended Article: How To Use LinkedIn Featured Section To Showcase Your Best Work

6. Recommendations and Endorsements Matter!

Here’s something we can both agree on:

Linkedin is a place where opportunities find you.

And endorsements and recommendations are a great way to SHOW (not just tell) what your peers think about you.

These give a better idea of what your true skills are. Reach out to your current and former colleagues and ask for recommendations.

It shows your expertise, something like this:

recommendations

Take a few minutes today to write recommendations for your peers. I frequently write personalize recommendations for my past and present colleagues.

write-recommendations

And once you’ve done that, it’s time for next technique…

7. Accomplishments Act as Social Proofs

Here’s a mistake I notice A LOT of people make:

Not having an accomplishment section.

Why is this important?

If you want to earn your prospects’ trust, you MUST provide them a reason. Your Accomplishments show them your credibility.

LinkedIn allows you to add your certifications, patents, publications, courses, awards, and more.

Why am I talking about this?

After adding this section, I receive a higher percentage of new connections. Here’s what it looks like:

Accomplishments

8. Get a Custom URL

You can create a customized URL for your LinkedIn profile. A customized URL enhances your personal brand.

Go to your profile and click “Edit Public Profile & URL.”

edit profile

A new window will open, now click on the edit icon next to the URL and make it personalized.

Hit save and that’s it!

9. Write Summary in the First Person

Your profile is not a resume. Write as if you are having a conversation with someone. Write“I’m a passionate photographer who… “ not “John is a passionate photographer…”

Profile summary

10. Hide Your Prospects from Competitor’s Eye

“People Also Viewed” Feature can be a handy source for your competitors to find potential prospects that visit your profile.

Want to make your prospects private?

Hover over your picture and click “Settings & Privacy”. Click the “Privacy” Tab in the top navigation area. Here you’ll find ‘Viewers of this profile also viewed’ and set it to No.

profile viewed

11. Boolean Search for More Targeted Results

Use quotes to find exact results for your term. Search “[Your Term]” and find the exact results.

exact search

Want to find profiles for two different search terms? Search [Your Term 1] AND [Your Term 2].

AND search

Do you want to combine results for two separate terms? Search [Your Term 1] OR [Your Term 2].

OR search

Do you want to exclude a term from your results? Search [Your Term] NOT [Exclude Term]

NOT search

12. Find Out Exact Connections Someone Has

“Pawan, how can I find the exact connections of a person? LinkedIn only shows me 500+”

This is the question I got recently from one of my friends.

Go to the person’s profile, click on “500+”, and check out the number of connections.

connections

13. Connect All Your Emails to LinkedIn Account

LinkedIn allows you to import all your emails to your LinkedIn account. This will increase your audience base.

Click on “My Network” and then click on ‘More options’

email connections

Now click continue and LinkedIn will automatically send out a request to them.

14. Export Your Connections’ Email

Click on my “My Network” Tab and Click on ‘Your Connection’

You’ll see all your contacts. Now Click on ‘Manage synced and imported contacts.’

Next, click on ‘Export Contacts’ in the bottom right of the page.

export-contacts

You’ve finally made it! Select the field you want and click ‘Request archive.’ I suggest you choose ‘The works’ because it gives you better information.

15. Send Free Messages to Your 2nd and 3rd Degree Connections

Are you looking for a way to connect your 3rd-degree connections instead of expensive InMail?

The good news?

You Can.

Select a group you’re a member of and click the number of members under the group name.

group-members

Now click on the message icon next to the member’s name and connect. Simple!

message

16. Send an Important Update to All Your Group Members

Do you own a LinkedIn Group and want to share an important announcement/update with your group members?

Just go to your group and click “Send an announcement.”

announcement

Enter an engaging subject and type your message. You can also mention people into your message and add the image.

Draft announcement

Hit the ‘Post’ Button and Bang! Your members will get an email regarding the announcement.

17. Get Notified for New Leads

Do you want email notifications for new leads?

Simply type your search term and hit enter. Click ‘Create search alert’ in the upper right corner.

search-alert

A pop-up window will open. Here, you can set the frequency of how often you want to get an email notification for new search results.

18. Add More Than One Twitter Account

Want to add both your personal and business Twitter accounts to your LinkedIn Profile?

Click on the “Settings & Privacy” and Click ‘Twitter Settings’. Here you can add your other Twitter account.

add twitter account

That’s amazing, isn’t it?

19. Search for a Specific Position In a Company Page

Are you looking for a specific position within a company?

Go to the company LinkedIn page and click “See all employees” on the top right side.

Enter your search term (the title you’re looking for) and if you’re looking for new prospects, then select 2nd and 3rd-degree connections only.

search position

20. Check Who’s Viewing Your Posts/Updates

You just got great engagement and views on your posts and articles. But the most important thing is – Who’s viewing your updates?

Let’s discover. Go to your profile page and click on “See all activity.” Select one of your posts and click on the views.

post views

A stats box will open and here, you’ll see complete insights:

insights

21. List your best and relevant skills

Go to your set of skills and mention your best skills on TOP. A quick win!

The key here is staying relevant. Don’t just go for a big list of irrelevant skills. Take time to optimize your skillset. 

How can you add a new skill?

Head over to your profile page and then scroll down to the “Skills and Endorsements” section. And click on “Add a new skill.”

add new skill

And you can add skills here.

new skill

22. Reorder Your Skills

LinkedIn allows you to reorder your skills and endorsements.

Click the pencil icon in the skills & Endorsements field.

skills

Now click on the ‘Four lines” icon to move up and down your skills and click save.

reorder

23. LinkedIn Keyword Treasure

What’s this? Let’s see… 

I’m interested in marketing and I enter https://www.linkedin.com/topic/marketing in my browser and…

Linkedin keyword

The Gold!

I’ll get the treasure of information related to marketing which includes:

  • Marketing Experts
  • Marketing Freelancers
  • People who know marketing (connect to them)
  • Jobs related to marketing
  • Marketing related course
  • Popular articles and Slideshare on Marketing
  • And More…

24. Embed Instagram/Twitter Posts Into the Article

Include your relevant social media posts into your LinkedIn article and make it more interesting.

Copy the actual link of your Twitter post (don’t copy the embed code).

Twitter Post

Go to the LinkedIn publisher and click the link option.

LinkedIn publisher

Paste the URL and hit enter. And abracadabra! The post will appear in your article.

25. Customize Your Connection Request on Mobile

LinkedIn’s mobile app allows you to send personalized connection requests. Click on the Menu icon.

mobile app

Click ‘Personalize invite’ and personalize your request.

personalize invite

Now It’s Your Turn!

You’ve read 25 hacks to get more out of your LinkedIn profile. I hope you enjoyed it. Now it’s time to implement them.

Did I miss any special LinkedIn hack? Do you want to suggest one to this list?

Please drop your views in the comment section below.

I’m a writer, Introvert storyteller, and digital marketer. I've been featured on Jeff Bullas, MarketingProfs, Entrepreneur, Customer Think, HuffPost, Thrive Global, Write to Done, SEMrush, Shout Me Loud, and Addicted 2 Success! I'm an avid reader and movie buff. Let's connect on Social Media.

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  1. Thank you so much, Pawan for these awesome hidden LinkedIn tips. I really love and just today I applied it on my LinkedIn profile and most of these LinkedIn features I am not aware of. I have applied most of your mentioned tips now waiting for the results…

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