Expand, Expand, Expand.
One of the first things I do when someone connects to me is take a look at their connections. I’ve noticed several people that are connected to 15 to 20 people, but its primarily people at their current job. That’s definitely a good place to start.
If you really want to grow your network, though, you’re going to have to expand your network. You need to start looking for connections from previous jobs, friends from school, and people you know outside of work.
Expanding your newtwork outside of your current job will do several things:
1. Expand your ability to be found
2. Expand your reach
3. Improve the value to people you connect to
This is not meant to imply that you should start connecting with just anyone. You still need to protect the credibility of your network by connecting with people you know, people you would like to know (and establish a relationship beyond “just a link”), people you are introduced to. Just try not to go on a connecting binge simply to build numbers.