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10 Steps to Build Your LinkedIn Network

Part of the LinkedIn For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The more you do, the more contacts you could have in your LinkedIn network! If you want to build and expand your LinkedIn network, follow these steps:

  1. Fill out your LinkedIn profile.

  2. Check for former colleagues and classmates who are on LinkedIn by using specific LinkedIn search tools.

  3. Import your Outlook contacts.

  4. Import your Webmail contacts.

  5. Check for people who share a group or affiliation with you.

  6. Go through your business cards for potential contacts and search for them on LinkedIn. Send them an invitation or Request to Join.

  7. Search through your first-degree network connections.

  8. Advertise yourself by joining and participating in LinkedIn Groups.

  9. Use the People You May Know feature.

  10. Meet people on LinkedIn (through LinkedIn Groups, Jobs, and People Search) and then invite them to join your network.

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