You probably noticed that attending a networking event without talking to anyone doesn’t get you anywhere, and the same applies for LinkedIn.
Build yourself a solid profile
This should be a no-brainer. In some ways LinkedIn is like a dating website where users with pictures and a completed profile get more connections than others.
Ask your friends or colleagues for recommendations
Being recommended increases the trust level of your profile viewers, and even if your contacts like you, they will not always think about recommending you, so why not just ask?
Expand your network
Start by adding people you already know, then browse their contacts and ask them for introductions. You can also add people from other social networks. Important: add a personal touch to the email sent when connecting with people.
Promote your profile elsewhere
Email signatures are a good place to mention your profile url. If you have a blog, add a link back to your LinkedIn profile.
From my own experience, Twitter has been the best relationship-building tool I’ve used by far. However, there are some things you should know to make it more effective.
Connect with people in your industry
No need to have thousands of followers on Twitter, just try to find the right people to connect with. People in your industry will have interesting news and could be very helpful.
Tweet about industry-related topics
Just like for the previous advice, tweeting about your industry will show people what kind of news they can expect from you, which is a great way to attract the right followers.
The best way to be remembered by other Twitter users is to help them, they’ll also be aware of your capabilities.