Making use of all LinkedIn can provide is the ultimate test of social and networking skills. Here are top tips to not just build a strong network but to become an all-star.
Focus on profile strength. According to LinkedIn, completing each section helps you rank higher in search results and become 40% more likely to have potential jobs, clients and contacts reach out to you directly.
Seek out groups similar to your industry or interests. Become a positive addition by participating in conversations, furthering your expertise and contributing relevant content. Create the value for people to interact with you. This is where your reputation begins to sell itself.
Don't be afraid to connect. The perfect time to add a connection is after a positive interaction in a group discussion or initial meeting. Steer away from "spamming” invitations or leading with a sales pitch. A personal touch is a must!
Empower people to get in touch. Consider stating your preferred contact methods if you are open to people contacting you with opportunities.
Reciprocal relationships. One of the fastest ways to build respect and rapport is by helping and connecting others. Having an equal give and take in your online interactions is imperative to building a strong social network.
Keep relevant. Keep in touch. Take two minutes per day to check in with a few contacts. The most common mistake made is "connecting and forgetting." Send a message, congratulate on promotions, like posted content or schedule a virtual lunch or coffee meeting with remote connections.