With billions of active users worldwide, LinkedIn has become the most prominent place to connect talented professionals with exciting new opportunities.

If you are looking for a great new career, whether actively or passively, one of the simplest things you can do for yourself is to have a stellar LinkedIn profile. The basic service is free, and it’s easy to use.

Here are 5 quick steps to ensure your profile is a standout.

1. Use a professional photo.

First impressions truly are the most important. When it comes to social media, this couldn’t be a more valid statement. LinkedIn is not Facebook. Your profile photo should not be a tongue-out selfie with your dog, no matter how damn cute he is. Make sure that your picture is up to date, has excellent lighting, and shows off your profession side. You want to look competent, and a car selfie is not the way to do that. Keep your outfit and surroundings in mind as well. Does your photo reflect your industry? You will want to wear a suit if you are a pharmaceutical sales professional. If you’re a personal trainer, you can have a great shot of yourself in a gym setting. Flip these two ideas around, and it just doesn’t make sense.

2. Keep your summary up to date.

LinkedIn allows you to write a summary that remains at the top of your profile. Because it is often the first section that a hiring manager or recruiter will read, it must include information on the types of opportunities you are looking for. If your summary is unclear or jumps around a lot, you may be skipped over because you’re seen as a candidate who doesn’t have a lot of direction in their career.

This section is also a terrific opportunity to make your profile keyword rich!

3. Ask for written recommendations.

The folks at LinkedIn have created an incredible tool which allows you to quickly ask current or previous colleagues and clients to write a quick recommendation for your work. Their words are then clearly displayed on your profile so that everyone can see the Rockstar that you are! The best part is – you can approve what is said in the recommendation before it is officially posted to your profile. Remember – you should always offer to return the favor! Giving a recommendation on a person’s profile will also position you as a person of authority in your line of work.

4. Include your volunteer work.

LinkedIn statistics tell us that 1 in 5 hiring managers has hired someone because of their volunteer experience. It’s a quick way to attract like-minded people and create an immediate connection with someone. Do you volunteer at the local animal shelter? If the hiring manager or recruiter viewing your profile is also an animal lover, you can bet they will be more inclined to reach out to you. It’s essential that you keep your volunteer work relevant, though. Nobody cares that you helped the Food Bank 12 years ago. We want to know what you are doing now.

5. Have connections.

Recruiters and hiring managers want to know that they are considering someone who has a secure network within their industry. If you have a profile but only 5 connections, it will appear that you are an inactive user and not a strong influencer in your line of work. Because many hiring managers must then use a pre-paid InMail credit to send you an initial message, you may not be sent a message if it looks like you rarely visit your LinkedIn account.

There you have it! Five quick and straightforward ways to make your profile a stand-out among the masses.