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How To Use LinkedIn For Your Executive Job Search

How To Use LinkedIn For Your Executive Job Search


Ramping up your executive job search? You’ll need a well-planned LinkedIn strategy, in addition to the customary tools such as your resume and networking plan.

Unfortunately, most of the advice you’ll find on using LinkedIn for job search is targeted to mid-level professionals, who can be much more open in using the site for job hunting.

As an executive, however, you’ll need to consider methods to get the word out and research new opportunities – all without tipping off your CEO, Board of Directors, or team – but while cultivating new networking or recruiter connections.

In this article, I’ve covered several need-to-know strategies you’ll find useful for launching your executive job search on LinkedIn, maintaining your social media identity, and opening up your network, including:

  • Summarizing your executive qualifications with the right tone and brand message
  • Personal branding strategies that can help show your qualifications and draw more traffic to your LinkedIn Profile
  • Ideas for maintaining your confidentiality – especially if you plan to research leadership opportunities or contacts within prospective employers on LinkedIn
  • Tips for positioning yourself as a leader by using an appropriate Headline
  • A key reason to consider upgrading your free LinkedIn account to the paid version
  • Ways to control the messages broadcast to other users – ensuring that others are not tipped off by your actions and updates
  • Why populating the relevant sections of your Profile and increasing your Connections are important tasks in your executive job search

Read on for best practices in not only putting your information online for the world to see, but also conveying your executive achievements to recruiters and employers on LinkedIn.


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Laura Smith-Proulx Laura Smith-Proulx, Executive Director of An Expert Resume, is a resume industry leader, 13-time global TORI resume award winner, LinkedIn expert, author, personal brand strategist, and former recruiter with 20+ years of experience winning choice jobs for executives and rising leaders.