Looking for a New Job? Here’s How to Upgrade Your LinkedIn

We’ve all done it – been on the hunt for a new job. Maybe you’ve decided you can’t live without more job flexibility or perhaps you just want a change. Whatever it is, looking for a new job is never fun, and finding a remote or flexible role can seem even more challenging. Before you even begin the job hunt process though, you should check your social presence. LinkedIn is a great place to connect with people, and find roles, and it’s one of the first places recruiters and HR professionals look.

We want you to put your best foot forward so our team created a checklist for you to upgrade your LinkedIn so you can be better prepared to land a new role. So if you’re looking to start traveling while working remotely, or just land a role that’s better aligned with you, here’s our tips.

Our LinkedIn Tips For Upgrading Your Presence

Start with the below suggestions, and ensure your profile is updated before diving into your job hunt.

Profile Photo

  • Get serious about your photo, have new photos taken or find a recent professional one
  • Ensure the photo is clear and good quality
  • Make sure the photo is appropriate for your industry

Header Photo

  • Having a header photo helps you stand out
  • Use a relevant photo for your industry
  • If you don’t have a photo in mind, try searching minimal stock photos (Unsplash)

Professional Headline

  • Use the 120 characters allowed here effectively
  • Ensure it is up to date
  • Make sure it says what you do in concise terms

Industry & Location

  • Make sure your industry and location is up to date
  • Ensure it is set to your location (or the location you’d like to work in)

Personalized URL

  • LinkedIn now enables you to choose your URL
  • You can claim your URL in your Settings (you can customize it)
  • For example, our cofounder, Meesen’s is www.linkedin.com/in/meesenbrown/


  • You need one of these, even if it’s short – as this is your time to shine
  • Feel free to write from a first person or third person point of view
  • This should share a bit about you – what you do, what you’re passionate about, your top skills, your big accomplishments
  • Here you can further explain what you do, what you love to do, any major career accomplishments and any press features or awards
  • This area should also explain why a potential employer or client would connect with or want to hire you
  • Also important, it should be easy to read and grammatically correct

Work Experience

  • This area should include your current role and your last 3 – 8 roles (depending how relevant)
  • It should be in order of most recent to least recent
  • Each should explain what your role and duties are/were, as well as any special projects you worked on or lead
  • Include any major accomplishments you had at each and promotions as well


  • This should include any degrees (post secondary, doctorates, certificates, etc)
  • It should be in order of the most recent to least
  • Be sure to include any honors or significant achievements you earned as well as

Volunteer Experience

  • Your volunteer experience should include your current and past volunteering
  • It should be in order of most recent to least, listing your experience and how you helped out


  • You can now choose up to 20 relevant skills that you posses to be included on your LinkedIn
  • Choose skills that you possess and are relevant to your industry or roles you wish to have
  • Do some research into role descriptions that you’re interested in, in order to ensure you are including relevant skills on your profile


  • Go to your Settings –> Privacy and ensure that you’ve set your profile to be viewable by others including your photo, headline and experience (or whatever you wish to be seen publicly)


  • Include some personality into your profile but remember to stay professional
  • Don’t be afraid to brag – list all your accomplishments and any press features you’ve had
  • Include links to your work, press, etc.
  • Proofread, proofread, proofread – have a friend or family member read through your profile and descriptions carefully

Building Your LinkedIn Presence

  • Begin by connecting with friends, classmates, colleagues etc. to start growing your presence
  • Join relevant groups or industries you are interested in
  • Follow key influencers who share things you are interested in
  • Start interacting with content others are sharing

Use the above tips to get your LinkedIn looking job hunt ready and then start reaching out. Flexible and remote jobs are becoming more and more prominent so don’t be afraid to ask about those policies during your search. If you have any other LinkedIn tips and tricks that have worked for you, let us know in the comments below!

Once you’ve landed a remote job we’re here to help you get traveling! Head to Behere to pick your next city and get started!

Want a Flexible Job? These are the Fastest Growing Remote Roles

One of the most common questions we get asked at Behere is, “How do I find a flexible job that allows me to work from anywhere, so I can start living how I want?”

Well, we have good news for all you flexible job seeking ladies looking to land your dream gig! Our partners at Flexjobs recently analyzed tens of thousands of job listings in their database to determine the top ten job categories where job postings have increased by more than 20% in the last year. With such an increase in the flexible job market, it’s an exciting time to pursue opportunities in these fields. So brush up those resumes, tweak those Linkedin profiles and get applying! Read on to see the top 10 Flexible Job Categories.


10 Fastest-Growing Flexible Job Categories


1. Editing

Sharpen your metaphorical pencils and get those creative juices flowing, editing is a super hot and growing industry to be a part of. From copywriting, to copy editor to online editors, there’s lots of opportunity to refine, refine, refine and spread some beautiful words.

  • Start looking for editing jobs: here


2. Writing

Have a love for language and sharing your thoughts, opinions and passions with the world? Try becoming a writer. With a range of job titles from freelance writer to niches such as resume writer, you’re sure to find a writing gig that fits for you.

  • Start looking for writing jobs: here


3. Data Entry

Might not have the most glamorous title but when it comes to plugging in those numbers it most often can be done from anywhere (like a cute cafe in Barcelona with Behere). If you don’t mind numbers, or data, or you’ve got a quantitative brain this job category might be where to start looking for your remote role. Bookkeeper, data entry clerk, and quantitative market researcher are some of the most common titles you can pick up in this category.

  • Start looking for data entry jobs: here


4. Advertising & PR

Might not seem like the most flexible of jobs but with the help of technology, roles in advertising and PR are becoming more and more flexible. If you’re already an account executive, representative or manager this might be the time to make a switch into something that better fits your lifestyle.

  • Start looking for advertising and PR jobs: here


5. Event Planning

Yes, even event planning has flexibility! Much of the managing, coordinating and organizing of events can be done through the internet and phone calls, leaving you flexible to work from where you please. If you’ve got a knack for organizing and are the ‘planner’ of your friends, this career shift might be sounding pretty good right now. Roles like event planner, coordinator and assistant are some of the most popular.

  • Start looking for event planning jobs: here


6. News & Journalism

This is a huge and growing, but rather competitive category. Producers, editors, writers alike all fit into it and have the ability to be flexible. News happens everywhere and sometimes writing about it from a new city, might lead to new and fresh finds.

  • Start looking for news & journalism jobs: here


7. Internet & Ecommerce

Technology has created so many new roles and industries and is of course always growing. From digital strategists to social media coordinators, managers and more, the internet and e-commerce roles are aplenty. Happy searching!

  • Start looking for internet & e-commerce jobs: here


8. Account Management

If you’ve held roles along the lines of Account Manager, Executive or even Sales Representative, then there’s a good chance you’ll be a great candidate for a remote role in this category. Peruse the list below!

  • Start looking for account management jobs: here


9. Computer & IT

“Have laptop, will work from anywhere,” may be the dream for many but if you work in IT or tech, it can also be a reality. Roles like system engineer, business analyst and IT project manager top the list of common job titles. So go use your awesome technology to land your dream remote role.

  • Start looking for computer & IT jobs: here


10. Accounting & Finance

If crunching numbers is your thing and you’ve got some experience doing it, pursuing a flexible role in accounting and finance won’t be too challenging. Roles like Accountants and Bookkeepers have the opportunity to be fully remote. Check out some of the companies hiring for them below.

  • Start looking for accounting & finance jobs: here

Good luck and happy flexible job searching!

Original list posted on Flexjobs.com.

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