Your LinkedIn profile is more than an online resume listing out pages of your education and career achievements - how dreary! No one wants to read all that, let alone recruiters or people you'd like to work with some day.
Treat your profile as an online portfolio showcasing what you have to offer others and how your strengths, connections, and inspirations can unite individuals around areas you care about.
Showcase Your Strengths
Upload samples of your work in the education fields, job duties, volunteer sections, etc. Consider what differentiates you as a professional from the others who work in your career.
Think of your LinkedIn profile as a professional directory of everyone you'd be willing to talk with about your current or future career. Sure, there are people on LinkedIn who want to sell you stuff, but that's only a small fraction of the people on LinkedIn. Feel free to ignore those who aren't furthering your career goals and send / receive inMail messages as you expand your professional network.
Get Inspired or Inspire Others
The amount of inspiration is endless on LinkedIn including joining groups, following companies, reading your feed, following hashtags, looking for jobs and salary ranges, sharing your thoughts and so much more.
Managing your LinkedIn profile as an electronic portfolio will enable you to show others where you are at in your career today and provide encouragement for where you're going.