1. Fill out your profile completely
Your current position should be detailed but so should every other position you list. Add metrics if you can. This tells others exactly what you have previously accomplished. Your summary is also very important. Talk about your focus and add a bit of your personality in this section. Education is important because it allows you to connect with fellow alumni.
This is a great way to connect and have a conversation with less pressure than a formal email. If you have a Twitter account – and absolutely you should – make sure it is listed. People who are interested in you will use it to find out more about you. It is also a great way for you to let someone know who you are. Hoping to interview somewhere? Find the person likely to be in the interview and connect with them via Twitter!
3. Find Alumni and connect with them
LinkedIn has a great search engine specifically for Alumni. Focus on alumni that are in your niche. If they went to your school, especially if they were in the same major, you’ll have things to connect about. Teachers, lectures, terrible bathrooms, the best food places etc are a great way to make a connection.
So many people today seem to have forgotten what networking actually is. It’s about making connections. It isn’t just how many people who will add you or follow you – it’s how many people you can actually speak to or influence. If you do reach out to someone at a company you’re interested in working with or a fellow alumni and you strike up a conversation instead of just asking for a favor the people you’re talking to are more likely to respond and remember you.
5. Ask for recommendations
You’ve worked with people you liked or you went to school with someone who you worked on a project with, right? These people can write you a quick, and hopefully, glowing recommendation that gives others insight as to how you think or work. A word of advice: if someone wrote you a recommendation and asks for one in return – do it. Return the favor. All relationships are about give and take.