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Advice and tips on how to improve, update, edit your linkedin profile and making it more visible to recruiters and those in your network.
 

Executives face unique challenges and obstacles when attempting to make a career transition to a new role or industry, but there are steps you can take to get your foot in the door. Preparing yourself to change executive jobs requires in-depth research, thoughtful insight into your skills, expertise and value/unique differentiators.

Once the foundation is set, you need to develop a strategic job search plan that combines rebranding yourself with proactive networking in your target market for information, as well as insight that may help you get your foot in the door ultimately leading to opportunities.

Today’s generation is fortunate enough to have the power to leverage social media sites such as LinkedIn. Just imagine having to look up someone you were about to meet for an important business meeting in the absence of any database…which was the scenario a decade ago!

During the executive search process, executive recruiters will use LinkedIn to gather candidate information and make critical decisions. Is your LinkedIn profile helping you? For executives looking to increase their visibility among the search community, strengthen their professional brand, and build their network, LinkedIn is an important strategic career tool.  

LinkedIn has announced a redesign of the desktop user interface. The rollout will begin at the end of December 2016 and beginning of 2017. This update is anticipated to be the largest redesign since the inception of the website. The goal is to align the desktop and LinkedIn mobile app experience. There are questions about what features will remain, and which will be replaced or removed. Historically LinkedIn has removed features when they have refreshed the user interface.
 

Cure Uncertainty by Being Prepared

While users wait to find out what changes LinkedIn will implement, it’s best to put a plan in place that will protect your information in case of problems. We recommend you consider backing up your LinkedIn profile now to avoid losing data.
 

LinkedIn is increasingly becoming an even more invaluable resource for executive candidates. Aside from increasing their visibility to executive search consultants who regularly use the site as one of their source tools to find new candidates, LinkedIn is also a powerful executive networking tool. With over 300 million professionals currently registered on the site, now is the time to master LinkedIn networking and advance your executive career.  

When creating, building and maintaining a network consisting of both fellow executives and search consultants alike, LinkedIn can be vital tool as it allows you to strengthen existing connections and make new ones with ease. However, it is important to make sure that your approach to LinkedIn networking is focused and strategic to boost its effectiveness.

To make sure your LinkedIn networking efforts are fully optimized for success, here are three key fundamentals of LinkedIn networking for executives.
 

Executives can more effectively position themselves for new opportunities, and dramatically decrease time spent in-transition by ensuring that their three vital career documents are fully optimized and up-to-date. Executive resumes, LinkedIn profiles and cover letters form the cornerstone of any job search or career progression, so time should be invested in them to ensure your results are maximized.
 

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With over 300 million users in over 200 countries worldwide and with more than two new professionals signing up to the site every second, it is no surprise that more and more senior-level executives are turning to LinkedIn each year - and so are their recruiters who see it as another helpful sourcing tool! If you are an executive candidate looking to increase your visibility and unlock thousands of new career opportunities, it is vital that your LinkedIn profile is up-to-date and professionally optimized.  

BlueSteps recently hosted an #ExecCareer Chat on the topic of executive LinkedIn profiles, featuring Tiffany Hardy, BlueSteps Executive Career Services, and Luis Truchado, Odgers Berndtson Iberia.

Some of the questions asked included:

Each year, as LinkedIn’s thriving global network continues to expand, having a searchable profile and online presence on the site is no longer optional; it is expected. Research shows that 80 percent of CEOs are now engaged online and are users of social media platforms; a figure which has doubled since 2010.

So, what is drawing global executives to LinkedIn, and why is it now a necessity?