5 Tips to Help Business Owners Maximize LinkedIn

5 Tips to Help Business Owners Maximize LinkedIn

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As a business owner, you’re not just the one who signs the paychecks. You’re the face of the company. You’re its primary ambassador to the broader business community and to the public in general.

As such, it’s important to be conscientious about cultivating your own personal brand, in addition to your corporate brand. It reflects well on the entire company when you’re perceived as an authority figure within your industry.

One way you can cultivate that authority is by ensuring that your personal LinkedIn page has just the right level of polish. Start with these five tips:

1. Create a summary that tells your story.

The summary area of your LinkedIn profile is a good place for you to set yourself apart. Use it to talk in broad strokes about your professional experience, and to share some details about why you started your business, what it stands for, what you find meaningful about your particular industry and what kind of connections you’re hoping to forge on LinkedIn. In other words, the summary shouldn’t just rehash your resume; use this key piece of LinkedIn real estate to get a bit more personal.

2. Cultivate your work history.

A common misconception is that a good LinkedIn work history section is always fully complete. Actually, you probably don’t want to include every single job you’ve ever had. Instead, focus on the jobs that relate to what you’re doing today — jobs that are “on brand” for your industry. If you spent a summer delivering pizzas back in college, that’s probably not something that really contributes to your broader career narrative, so feel free to leave it out of your profile.

3. Use keywords.

One of the reasons to have a LinkedIn profile is so you can be easily discovered by those who are searching for particular skill sets or areas of expertise. Think critically about some of the keywords you want to use in your profile. Ideally, your keywords will include a good balance of industry-specific terms and more commonplace words and phrases.

4. Ask for endorsements.

Word-of-mouth buzz is going to be important for the success of your small business, and one way to generate it is to simply ask your best customers, your most devoted partners, and your longest-running vendors and suppliers to leave you some endorsements and recommendations. Don’t be too timid to send that LinkedIn message kindly asking people for their testimonials.

5. Join groups.

Finally, make sure you use LinkedIn to showcase your involvement in the industry. Prove you are an active participant in your field, not just a bystander. The best way to do this is to join some industry-specific groups.

With these tips, you can ensure a LinkedIn profile that speaks to your stature, your focus and your expertise — and that’s something that’s helpful not just for your career, but for the longevity of your business.


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