How to Update Your LinkedIn Profile Summary and Basic Information
When you have an idea of what you want to put in your LinkedIn profile’s Summary and Basic Information sections, it’s time to go into LinkedIn and plug that data into the correct fields.
Scroll down to the Summary section and click the Add Summary link below the Summary section header.
You see the Professional Summary page.
In the Professional Experience & Goals text box, enter a paragraph or two that sums you up professionally.
You’re limited to 2,000 characters, but keep your text concise and focused.
Scroll down to the Specialties text box and enter your skills and/or specialties.
Separate each item with a comma and don’t put any punctuation after the last item in your list. You don’t need to press Enter/Return between skills.
Click the Save Changes button to save your summary.
You’re taken back to your Profile page. Next, you need to update the Basic Information section of your LinkedIn profile.
Click the Edit link next to your name to update your professional headline and industry.
You now see the Edit Your Profile Name and Location page.
At the Edit Your Profile Name and Location page, double-check your name and add any maiden or former name in the text box provided. Next, enter your professional headline (your main job title).
You can put any job title here, but make sure it conveys your main role as you want others to see it. Also, if you want to maintain a higher level of privacy for your profile, you can choose the Display Name option so that only your first name and last initial show up on your public profile. If you select that option, your first-degree connections can see your full name, but the general public can see only your first name and last initial.
Click the drop-down arrow next to the Industry heading and select the industry you most associate with your career.
You can choose from more than 140 designations, so take a few moments to do a quick scan of the list. Note that some of the industries listed are more specific than others. You want to pick the best match possible. For instance, if you create custom graphics for Web sites, you could select Internet as your industry, but an even better choice would be Online Media.
Click the Save Changes button.
You’re taken back to your Profile page. You’ve now covered the core of your LinkedIn profile. In the next sections, you find out about the other essential elements to include in your profile, namely your current/past experience and education.