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How Executives Should Use LinkedIn

executives on linkedinIt is important for business leaders to be visible on the social networks that their colleagues, employees and peers use. Executives should use LinkedIn to increase their personal brand and build their network.

Beef Up Your Profile – First impressions last and having an incomplete profile is worse than not having one at all. Use a professional headshot and write a compelling headline to run under your name. Make sure your short description is creative and include keywords for your industry.

Use LinkedIn Publisher – Self-publishing on LinkedIn can help you gain visibility in your industry. Writing about your professional experience is a good place to start.

Connect – Create a connection strategy for connecting with existing professional and personal contacts. Start by connecting with friends, current and former co-workers, and other people in your industry who you may know. Then develop a habit to send a LinkedIn request each time you meet someone new or have a professional interaction.

You can see more tips for how executives should use LinkedIn here. In the meantime, be sure to connect with me on LinkedIn to start building up your connections.

Written by Deborah O'Donnell

Deborah O'Donnell is the President and Owner of Rodas Coaching, LLC, a Career and Life Coaching firm located in downtown Chicago. She works one-on-one with individuals, executives, and entrepreneurs, helping them gain clarity and align their passions and strengths to open doors to live inspired and balanced lives. Deborah provides career management consulting, which provides resume review, career coaching, and interview skill development.

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