6. Get involved in the conversation
Now that you have completed your profile and joined groups that intrigue you, get in on the discussion. Voice your thoughts, opinions and inspire others in popular discussions on LinkedIn.
7. Position yourself as a thought leader
Steve Jobs is an amazing example of positioning yourself as a thought leader. Jobs spoke to be heard, and his voice was always listened to. Stay involved in popular discussions, create them and make your voice heard in your professional industry.
Don’t be shy about asking a colleague for a recommendation. They are a great way for your connections to learn about you through the opinions of others. Positive recommendations on your LinkedIn profile will give your network of professionals a better grasp on your work, expertise and personality. These help justify your resume and verify your work as a professional in your field.
9. Be responsive
Professionals, colleagues or friends may request that you join their network on LinkedIn. If you choose to accept, follow up with a "Thank You" message in a timely manner. If you are short on time or have many requests, accepting their request quickly is sufficient.
10. Develop a strong personal brand
In layman’s terms, a personal brand is your online profile “reputation.” The best Linkedin profiles have more than 500 connections and multiple recommendations. Decide what kind of brand you want to portray and utilize group discussions, post relevant content and get your connections to introduce you to professionals that are in your industry. Remember not to spam or act like a robot! Be yourself, be conversational and try to portray your expertise and personality though your LinkedIn account.