The new year is approaching and everyone is starting to form their New Year’s resolutions. Before you decide to train for a marathon or learn a new language, tackle an easy but important task. Revamp your Linkedin profile.

Remove Stale Professional Experiences

Do you still have your college internship from twenty years ago listed? It’s time to take the axe to it. Experiences that are no longer relevant to you do not need to take up space on your precious page.

Add Multimedia

In updating your profile, it is advised that you perform an inventory of all the multimedia you have created and collected throughout the year. This can be anything that you have created and used for work or even outside ventures. Then determine which ones can be shared publicly as you don’t want to expose company secrets or client information. Add those to the Summary and Experience sections of your profile.

Update your Contacts

Just like in the business world, your contacts need to be up to date virtually as well. What’s the best way to go about this? One tip is to reverse sort your email for the year and go through it, identifying the new people you have communicated with and would like to add to your network. Then reach out to them on LinkedIn. Go through your calendar for the year and identify the new people with whom you have interacted at meetings, events, etc. Add them if you have not already done so. Identify people on your team, in your company, and in your larger work community whom you met in the past year. Make sure they are LinkedIn connections. The more up to date your contacts are on LinkedIn, the more successful you will be!

As we head into 2018, everyone wants to put their best face forward. Start by updating your LinkedIn profile. Out with the old and in with the new!