First, last, and former (maiden) names.
Add a professional-looking headshot, but make sure you look friendly and approachable too.
This information will default to your current job title. Change it to reflect how you want to communicate your professional identity, or opportunities you seek. Your job may be in customer service at Target, but if you are a Management student, “IT Internship Candidate” is a better choice.
Include the location where you will be seeking opportunities or where you live.
What is your target industry? Pick the one that is the closest to your current goals.
Add your preferred contact information, which can include your email and phone (only visible to connections), as well as your Twitter handle and websites.
Click Me, then View Profile, then look on the right for Edit Your Public Profile. On the next page, also on the right, click the pencil icon next to your URL. Customize it to www.linkedin.com/in/first-last. Add your new URL to your resume contact information if you want employers to easily find your LinkedIn information.
Information about your accomplishments and goals. If you are just beginning your career journey, this may be tough to summarize. As you acquire more experience and self-knowledge, this is a valuable section to communicate your professional identity.
Samples of your work
You may add samples to your Summary that showcase your skills, making your LinkedIn profile much like a professional portfolio. You can add a link or upload a file (as long as it’s not proprietary to your employer). Include writing samples, coding samples, presentations, spreadsheets, etc.
Schools attended, majors and degrees, and other educational information. As in your resume, include information that highlights your strengths. Include study abroad, high GPA, Dean’s list awards, etc. High school is typically not appropriate unless you are a freshman or perhaps a sophomore.
Adding related coursework can help you support the importance of your education.